Mark T. Damon, 50
T. Damon, 50, of Jackson, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2011, at his
He was born on Nov. 18, 1960, in Appleton to Robert and Jennie (nee
Zelmer) Damon. Mark graduated from Appleton High School West in the
class of 1979. He took night classes at Fox Valley Technical Institute
in printing and publishing and later found employment at Pickering &
Pickering, a local machine design builder. In November of 1983, Mark
moved to Milwaukee and found employment at Faustel Inc. as a mechanical
designer and through the years progressed into a fine senior mechanical
Work was not the only thing that occupied Mark’s time. He met Janet
Petroske in 1984 and started a life-long relationship that culminated
into marriage vows on Feb. 8, 2006.
Mark had many loves and hobbies in his life. His passion for magic
history began from an uncle who knew Harry Houdini and that bug never
left him. He collected magic memorabilia and things related to magic
history most of his life including books, autographs and such. Mark also
had a deep passion for oil and water color painting. Music was another
love, playing bass guitar with friends and in bands. His weekly ritual
of Sunday morning golf with his great friend Mark Gilbert over the last
21 years will be dearly missed by them both. Other enjoyments included
camping and cross-country skiing. Mark and Janet have three lovely cats
that have given them much joy and pleasure over the years too.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians for 35
years, the Magic C o l l e c t o r s Association and The Houdini Club of
Mark is survived by his wife, Janet of Jackson; father, Robert J. Damon
of Appleton; sister, Kathy Damon of Appleton; two brothers, Bob (Anita)
Damon of Appleton and Bill (special friend, Jean Kempf) Damon of
Appleton; father-in-law, Gil Petroske of West Allis; brothers-in-law,
Dave (special friend, Helen Pagenkopf) Petroske of Wausau, Tom (Jan)
Petroske of Hubertus and Jim (Pat) Petroske of West Allis; close special
family friend, Sr. Deb Kedzierski; other relatives and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Jennie Damon; and mother-in-law,
A memorial service in remembrance of Mark will be held on Saturday,
April 9, at noon at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington
St., West Bend. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from
11 a.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will be in St. Joseph
Cemetery in Appleton.
Memorials to the American Cancer Society for Esophageal Cancer Research,
or a Humane Society of your choice are appreciated by the family.
Online guest book and condolences can be found at
The family especially appreciates the care Mark received from doctors,
nurses and other staff members at Froedtert Hospital, Kathy's Hospice
and Horizon Home Care & Hospice.