Mark W. Borden, 59, passed away peacefully at George Washington University Hospital on January 31, 2024. Mark was born in Toledo, OH on October 29, 1964 and attended St. John’s Jesuit Preparatory High School, graduating in 1983. While pursuing a bachelor of science in physics at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, he entered the Air Force ROTC program and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation.
Mark completed his master’s degree in physics at Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN, in 1989 and began his career serving the United States as an officer and later as a civilian employee of the Department of Defense. His career took him around the world; he served in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Panama, South Korea and finally, the National Capitol Region, with stops at Air Force bases in California, Texas and Maryland along the way. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force with the rank of Major. As a keen analyst, Mark’s work on national security issues was vital to our country’s safety and he earned innumerable awards and commendations throughout his 30-plus year career.
Although professionally trained in science, socially Mark was a committed leader for the humanities and arts. He was a fearless explorer of strange and wonderful literature, film, music, live performances, and eccentric humor. His exuberant personality was embraced and celebrated within the Burning Man community. He was loved by his many friends for his wit, creativity, kindness and generosity. Mark could be found costumed as a clown, bunny, Santa, or Father Time, depending on the occasion. As part of his community, he relished his status as a “benevolent dictator” and organizer of interactive events in the National Capitol Region.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Aveline (Michalski) Borden and is survived by his brothers and sister: Michael (Christine), Mary Jo (Larry Connin), Patrick (Lynn), and Timothy; his nieces and nephews: Christopher (Saundra), Katelin Amerson (Paul), Thomas Connin, Erin, Emily Harris (Jeremy), along with great-nieces Annabelle and Lillian.
Burial details for Arlington National Cemetery and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. The family requests that donations in Mark’s memory be sent to the donor’s charity of choice or to the U. S. Air Force Aid Society: https://portal.afas.org/