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Whitney Mark Evans M.A. ’95 was born in Los Angeles on Aug. 31, 1953, to Whitney and Rose Evans. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attended Bellarmine College Prep, Stanford University, and SCU. He was proud of all the schools he attended, and saved his most enthusiastic alumnus support for the Stanford Band, where he played as an undergrad. Mark worked for the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority for 35 years before retirement in 2015. He loved his family, his friends, and trains down to his marrow. Riding the rails was the joy of his life, always excitedly anticipating what was around the next bend. With a glass of hardy burgundy in one hand and a cigar in the other, he shared the stories and photos of his travels. It was then that he was his happiest self. A beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend, Mark died March 7, 2019. There was never a smarter, kinder, gentler soul to walk this earth. He will be welcomed by his loving mother Rose, and sorely missed by his father Whitney, sister Joan, brother-in-law Mark, niece Isabella, and a host of family and friends. Take time to enjoy the ride. Actively listen to others as Mark did, and above all, be kind.