[NFBWATLK] Mark Noble

Lauren Merryfield lauren at catlines.com
Fri Oct 12 17:48:32 UTC 2018

Mark and Debbie were friendly and helpful to Jim and me when we first moved
to WA State. I appreciated their reaching out to us and will remember both
of them for that.
Lauren Merryfield

Blessings in Jesus' name
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet
inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary
troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
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From: NFBWATLK <nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Nightingale, Noel
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Subject: [NFBWATLK] Mark Noble

NFB of Washington,

I am sad to report that Mark Noble died yesterday, where he lived in Austin,
Texas.  In the last couple decades, Mark was a president of the Greater
Seattle Chapter and member of the NFB of Washington board of directors.
Mark also memorably served as the chair of the Department of Services for
the Blind's state rehabilitation council where his leadership stirred DSB to
change the unacceptable Orientation and Training Center student dorm that
was rented from the Lions on S. Ferdinand Street in the Columbia city
neighborhood in Seattle to rental apartments.  Mark had remarked at an SRC
meeting that, if he had been a newly blinded OTC student and had to live in
the dorm, he would have killed himself.
Dan Frye,  correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that Mark served on the
DSB task force that you chaired whose recommendations caused a revamp of the
OTC, from the residential housing to the classes to a requirement that new
DSB staff members undergo significant sleep shade training at the OTC before
starting their jobs.  Many of those changes have since been reversed, but
there was a time when the OTC had what appeared to be a model program.

Mark was a charismatic member of our affiliate.  For one thing, Mark and his
wife, Debbie who has since died, threw lively parties at their home for the
chapter.   Mark could also make difficult situations easier with his
tremendous sense of humor.

Mark died of pancreatic cancer.  Dan Frye was able to visit him in Austin a
few weeks ago, and I hope that Dan will find time to share his memories of
Mark with us as Mark served as a form of a big brother for Dan.

When Mark left Washington to work for the Social Security Administration in
Texas, it was a real loss for our affiliate.


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