ABC 24 Celebrates the Life of Meteorologist Mark Walden

ABC 24 Celebrates the Life of Meteorologist Mark Walden

He was a friend to all, passionate about the weather, the community and giving back. As ABC 24 says goodbye to Chief Meteorologist Mark Walden, we celebrate his life and all he gave to the community.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - He was a friend to all, passionate about the weather, the community and giving back. As ABC 24 says goodbye to Chief Meteorologist Mark Walden, we celebrate his life and all he gave to the community.

While you slept, Mark Walden checked weather models, radar and crunched the numbers. Keeping the community safe wasn't just a job for Mark, it was his passion. He was dedicated to leaving the community better than he found it.

Executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, Caron Byrd, says "He really wanted to help out and that always was so apparent in how he presented himself and how he interacted - how can he help? How can he be a servant?" From waiting tables to answering phones, Mark never missed an opportunity to give. "We will certainly miss him and our community will miss him and that very giving spirit that he has."

It was a spirit that wasn't only seen by charities in our community. Sunya Payne, the Principal at Alcy Elementary in South Memphis says, "You don't have a lot of people who will be willing to come within a day or two day notice and, if his schedule permitted, he was right there with that glowing smile."

Payne says her school was just one of the few that received regular visits from Mark. "Most of my teachers called because I was unaware and the first thing they said was, 'Our friend Mark is no longer with us.'"

The teachers held a moment of silence Monday morning. Teacher Cheree Rey remembers when Mark spoke to her third grade class about science. "They had their little notepads with their questions on the notepads and no matter how many questions they asked he answered each and every last question." She recalls, "He was willing to help us even past our day."

Mark was no stranger to classrooms; he always wanted to give back. "He went and did whatever was asked of him." Payne says, "That shows that he is a pillar for the community; he is an individual that believes in the education process."

He constantly focused on the next generation, building a stronger community. Byrd says he made a significant impact to The Ronald McDonald House, "A really great member of our community and when you lose someone like that, and in Mark's case so unexpectedly, and so suddenly, it leaves a big hole in your heart and in the community as well."

He left behind his wife, stepdaughter and two-year-old son, whose smile lights up rooms just like his father's.

Mark's wife Jackie expressed her sincere thank you to the community for all their love and support through this difficult time. She says she is honored and touched by the outpouring of generosity.

Funeral arrangements are pending. For anyone wishing to donate, a college fund will be set up soon for Mark's son, Christian.
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