Mark Walden Held with High Respect in Weather Community

Mark Walden Held with High Respect in Weather Community

Mark Walden's light, his uniquely positive outlook on life, shined brightly on his coworkers here at ABC 24, and on you, our viewers. Keeping you and your family safe was Mark Walden's number one mission.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - "The first thing I said about Mark was he was the light at our workplace," said ABC 24 Meteorologist Lauren Raymer. "He was the light, a walking light everywhere he went."

And Mark Walden's light, his uniquely positive outlook on life, shined brightly on his coworkers here at ABC 24, and on you, our viewers.

Keeping you and your family safe was Mark Walden's number one mission.

Jim Belles, head of the National Weather Service in Memphis, echoes the sentiments of Mark's fellow meteorologists. Mark was meticulous and passionate about his forecasting.

"It's a tremendous loss," Belles said, "His presentation was always professional, always the best. And that's who he was."

Jim Jaggers, Chief Meteorologist at WREG, said of Mark, "He had a beautiful voice and a very calm demeanor, very professional. He was a good competitor. There were things he did with his computer I'd look at him and go, how'd he do that?"

"To this day, I still do my charts with colored pens and pencils because of Mark Walden, because that's how he did it and he was just so into it," added FOX13 Chief Meteorologist, Joey Sulipeck.

"He was brilliant, an absolutely brilliant meteorologist," said WMC Meteorologist Ron Childers, who road tripped to many a weather conference with Mark. They'd talk about their faith and their families - Mark's wife Jackie, his stepdaughter Sequoia, and his baby boy, Christian, who is the spitting image of his daddy.

Mark was a proud father and quite the comedian.

"You never saw that on TV," Childers said, "He was like the professor, delivering the weather lesson for the day. What you didn't see off camera was just what a riot that guy was. He had the greatest sense of humor."

Mark's smile lit up a room. Whether he was giving a scout troop a newsroom tour, reading to students at one of the countless schools he visited, or burning up the dance floor with his fierce salsa.

Now, much like Mark's sadness five years ago when his mentor, former ABC 24 Chief Meteorologist, Brian Teigland, passed away, Meteorologist Lauren Raymer mourns the loss of her mentor - a man who never said an unkind word about anyone, a man who never met a stranger.

"I don't want to do weather on my own. But if I have to, I'll step up," Raymer said. "I had the best teacher in the world. And the best friend."

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