Mark Amundson, age 49, of Cambridge, passed away September 4, 2009 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. A visitation will be held from 1-3 PM, Friday September 11th at the Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel, with a brief prayer service at 3 PM. Following the service there will be a celebration of life gathering at the Cambridge American Legion.
Mark Douglas Amundson was born August 30, 1960 in St. Paul to Douglas and Kathryn Amundson. Mark grew up in W. St Paul and when Mark was a teenager, the family moved to the Cambridge area. He was confirmed at Cambridge Lutheran Church and he graduated from Cambridge High School, Class of 1979. Mark attended North Dakota State University and received a Professional Electrical Engineering degree in 1983. Mark moved to Seattle for a few years where he worked for Boeing on Air Force 1. He then returned to Minnesota to work for Alliant Tech Systems in 1985. In 1988, he met Paula Holmen and in 1989, they were married in Las Vegas, Nevada. They built their dream home on 40 acres NE of Cambridge in 1990. In 1997, Mark went to work for Guidant designing components for pacemakers. In 2001, Mark began working for Honeywell as an applications engineer with the magnetic sensors division. Over the course of his career, Mark worked on many projects and designed many new products. He was the holder of 23 patents. Besides being an electrical engineer, he was an avid musician playing in various country and rock bands from his high school years until present. For the past 10 years, Mark devoted more time to being a sound technician mixing sound for different bands in the metro area. In the 1990’s he began writing articles for Gig Magazine and over the past few years, was a writer and the technical editor for Front of House magazine, a writer for Singer and Musician magazine and also the Live2Play Network.
He wrote a book called Live Sound: Theory and Practice. When Mark wasn’t playing music or mixing sound, he enjoyed spending quiet time at home with his wife and many pets.
Mark is survived by his wife, Paula of Cambridge; parents, Douglas and Kathryn Amundson of Cambridge; sister, Loreli (Jeff) Zimmerman of Forest Lake; brother, Michael and wife Kimberly Tyl of Eagan; father-in-law, Ronnel Holmen of Braham; sister-in-law, Diane (Bill) Nunn of Hamel; brother-in-law, Jeff (Sherri) Holmen of Braham; 2 nieces and 1 nephew; and by many friends.