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Mark R. Pappert

d. December 8, 2020

Mark Pappert, 65, of Livingston, MT passed peacefully from this world with his wife and two sons by his Billings ICU bedside on December 8, 2020. Mark was born outside Pittsburgh, PA in September of 1955 to Ralph and Dorothy Pappert. Mark was a man of many talents - equipment operator, furniture craftsman, welder, gardener, construction, and boat builder to name a few. He could plumb a brewery (Neptunes on Park Street) or a dry cleaning business. When Livingston Christian Center needed to connect to the water main on the other side of the trackslong story shortMark rented a backhoe, dug a hole, and used a "mole" to make a hole for the water pipe. He was always humble about that experience and said it was a miracle that it worked out. In the early 90s, Yellowstone National Parks research management and science staff approached Mark to build them a boat where no boat had gone before; into the center of Yellowstones hot springs. Mark built that boat, the first of its kind in the US. Researchers used it to learn more about the hot springs and remove litter and coins tossed by tourists. Marks boat was written up in National Geographic, Boys Life, and The Billings Gazette. Mark is survived by Cathy, his wife of 41 years. He is also survived by his mother Dorothy, son Steve (Anna) and grandchildren Wyatt and Greta, son Greg, brother Karl (Terri) and their son Jacob, sister Elaine Young and her son James, sister Karen (Wick) Hughes and their daughter Ruth. Mark was preceded in death by his father Ralph and brother-in-law Bryan Young. Mark was always willing to lend a hand, helping friends and family. His wife, sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren never questioned his love for them. He will be greatly missed. No service is planned at this time. Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with Marks final care.
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