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Mark Aron Claassen, 45 of Pine, Idaho, died suddenly Saturday, April 8, 2006 in an avalanche while snowmobiling near Pine, Idaho. He was doing what he loved to do, living on the edge.

Mark was born Feb. 11, 1961 in Waupaca, Wis., to Aron Claassen and Patricia Frechette. He graduated from Corvallis High School in 1979. He owned and operated Pine Motor Sports in Pine, Idaho, which allowed him to pursue his passion for snowmobiling. He was a former resident of Heber City from 1990 until 1996 and owned and operated Action Motor Sports.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Bernice Claassen and Erich Schroeder, and aunts, Fay Claassen and Charlotte Paulick.

He is survived by his father, Aron Claassen, of Corvallis; mother Patricia Frechette and her husband, Lyle, of Weyauwega, Wis.; sister Lynne (Joe) Richard, of Corvallis,; brothers Bill Claassen, of Corvallis, and Ben (Billie) Claassen, of Fremont, Wis.; nieces Morgan Wilson, Reilly Claassen, both of Fremont; grandmother, Elnora Schroeder, of Weyauwega; special friends, Ross and Lori Gull, of Park City; and numerous friends in the Bitterroot Valley.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton, Mont. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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