Mark Irion


(Dec. 16, 2005)

Dr. Mark Irion, 50, of Miles City, Mont., died Friday, Dec. 16 as a result of an airplane crash.

He was born in Miles City on Aug. 9, 1955, the son of James Edward and Doris M. (Carter) Irion. He attended schools in Deaver, where he graduated from high school.  He married Mary Elizabeth Eckhardt on Aug. 14, 1976 in Cody.

Mark attended the University of Wyoming where he graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering and in 1980 with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following his schooling, he went to work for Sperry Aerospace in Phoenix, Ariz., where he worked until 1985. Then he was accepted into medical school at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. He graduated in 1989. He served his residency in Youngstown, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio. In 1993, Mark accepted the radiology position at Holy Rosary Healthcare where he has served Eastern Montana until the time of his death.

Mark was a member of the First Lutheran Church and Miles City Hanger Club. He was a Montana Medical Association representative for Southeastern Montana. He enjoyed motorcycles, skiing, cars, woodworking, and flying. Mark was always on the leading edge of technology in the medical field. He was proud of being in the Air Force Reserves where he had the rank of Captain.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Irion of Miles City; a son, Tyson Irion of Miles City; his parents, Ed and Doris Irion of Billings, Mont; a sister, Carrie Reichert and her husband Tim of Billings; a brother, Dennis Irion and his wife Charlene of Billings; his grandmother, Margaret Carter of Miles City; and several nieces and nephews.

A Christmas Celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Thursday, Dec 22 at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Miles City with a reception to follow at the Holy Rosary Healthcare. The family is requesting that everyone is to be dressed in Christmas attire and wearing bells is encouraged.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Holy Rosary Healthcare Radiology Department, 2600 Wilson, Miles City, MT 59301.