NO. R-146.  Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Marine Corporal Mark Evnin of South Burlington.

(S.C.R.15)

Offered by:  Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County and Senator Snelling of Chittenden County.

Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of South Burlington, Amidon of Charlotte, Audette of South Burlington, Donovan of Burlington, Head of South Burlington, Mazur of South Burlington, Sweetser of Essex and Tracy of Burlington.

Whereas, Marine Cpl. Mark Evnin of South Burlington was beloved by his family and members of the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington and truly endeared himself to both faculty and classmates at South Burlington High School with his unfailing warm-heartedness, abundant kindness, and willingness to help others, and

Whereas, a battle in Kut, Iraq between the United States Marine Corps 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines and Iraqi troops tragically ended the life of this kind and honorable young Vermonter, a December 1999 graduate of South Burlington High School, and

Whereas, he sustained fatal injuries in the line of duty, dying while being flown to a rear surgical field hospital, and

Whereas, his grandfather, Rabbi Max Wall, rabbi emeritus at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, described his grandson as an individual “concerned about peace and welfare,” having “a social conscience,” and “definitely a patriot,” and most importantly, “a very successful grandson,” and

Whereas, Tim Comolli, a teacher at South Burlington High School, recalled that Mark spent hours helping elementary and middle school students with science projects and voluntarily assumed the teacher’s role at the Vermont Fest, a technical show for educators, when Tim was unable to attend, and

Whereas, according to Comolli’s recollection, his former student “was about as kind and loving an individual as you’ll ever meet,” and

Whereas, while a student at South Burlington High School, Mark was a member of both the football and lacrosse teams, and

Whereas, in Mark’s memory, South Burlington High School Principal Patrick Burke, started the school day on Friday April 4 with a moment of silence and ordered the school’s flag to fly at halfstaff, and

Whereas, Mark’s boyhood friend, Travis Kehoe, commented, “if he was going to do something, he wanted to be the best,” which is why he decided to fulfill his dream of military service by entering the Marine Corps, and

Whereas, his “gracious presence,” described by Rabbi Joshua Chasan, his grandfather’s successor at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, will be missed by all who knew him, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its profound sympathy to the family of Marine Corporal Evnin of South Burlington, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mark’s mother, Mindy Evnin in South Burlington, his father, Michael Evnin in Rockville, Maryland, his grandparents, Rabbi and Mrs. Max Wall in Burlington and Fay Evnin of New York City, to Rabbi Joshua Chasan at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, and to Patrick Burke at South Burlington High School.