Mark P. Mahon, 87

Mark P. Mahon, age 87, of Bloomington, formerly of Winsted, passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

He was born April 24, 1930, and grew up in Winsted.

Mark joined the Air Force in 1953, and served as an air traffic controller in Saudi Arabia during the Korean War.

Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Mark began his 36-year career with International Harvester, and became president of United Auto Workers Local 763.

He became a resident of Bloomington in 1959.

Mark won election to the Bloomington City Council four times, beginning in 1979. His dedication to public service also included serving on the Bloomington Port Authority and the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission.

He was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives representing east Bloomington and southeast Richfield three times, beginning in 1992. Mark worked tirelessly for the citizens of his district. He was a passionate defender of workers’ rights and greater social equality.

In 1976, Mark was selected to be a Minnesota delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York City. Though a devoted Democrat, he had many close friends across the political spectrum and from all walks of life.

Mark’s passion included his family. He married Florence Mochinski of Winsted in 1956, and they had four sons.

Mark was a proud grandfather to eight grandchildren: Andrew, Michaela, Emily, Catherine, Bryan, Joseph, Madeline, and Eleanor.

He is survived by his sons, Kevin (Mary), Stephen (Claudia), Paul, and Mark; his companion of 16 years, Karen Pedersen; as well as his brother, Maurice; and sister, Mary.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine; his father, Paul; sisters Rose, and Margaret; and his wife, Florence.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Bonaventure in Bloomington, with visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment will be in Winsted.

There was a celebration wake Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Home in Bloomington, which handled the arrangements.

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