Mark Conan Wise
Wise died in October of 2016 from bone marrow cancer. Marks
records at the Academy identify him as Francis Clay Wise, a name
he never liked and that he replaced with Mark. Before the Academy,
Mark attended El Camino College and UCLA. While at the Academy Mark
was known for his academic talent and active involvement in several
cadet clubs. He was in the Masters in engineering management
program in addition to a major in economics and a minor in psychology.
He lettered in water polo and was a member of the sabre drill team.
After the Academy Mark completed an MBA at UCLA. Following his Air
Force service, Mark worked at a senior systems engineer for over
20 years. His last position was with NASA. After a move from California
to Hawaii Mark worked on a ranch and did small business support
and consulting between trips to the mainland where he traveled the
western United States in his 34 foot RV with his wife Cynthia. Mark
is survived by his wife Cynthia who lives on the Big Island in Hawaii,
his stepdaughter and granddaughter Chandra and Kailani Cynthia who
live in Colorado.