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Mark Schlatter

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mark Schlatter died in his home near Dallas, Texas, May 17, 2010.

Mark was born Sept. 19, 1954, in Watseka, Ill.

He graduated from Northwest High School in Indianapolis, and received his master's degree from Purdue University. He had degrees in both Aeronautical and Industrial Technology. His long list of license qualifications include pilot, aircraft mechanic and master parachute rigger.

He operated a skydiving drop zone in Frankfort, Ind., for a number of years before becoming a professional skydiving entertainer, jumping into NASCAR races, rodeos and many other kinds of events with an American flag, to the tune of "God Bless the U.S.A."

Since his first skydive June 21, 1975, Mark has made more than 4,000 jumps and accumulated more than 48 hours flying toward the earth in free-fall.

Mark did what he loved, loved what he did and will be missed by all.

Survivors include son John Schlatter, daughter Jennifer Schlatter, parents Kate and Harvey Schlatter, Greenwood, Ind., sisters Alyca Basch and Janna DeWitt, brother Kurt Schlatter, Greenwood, Ind., cousins Brian Schlatter, Cris Eldridge and Phyllis Schlatter, and many cousins in the Brazil area.

Memorial plans are pending.