Mark was born in Keene the son of Paula (Johnson) and Alpo Saarinen on July 3, 1972. He attended Monadnock Regional High School and graduated class of 1990. He furthered his education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in N.Y. where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1994. After that, he attended the University of Iowa getting his Masters Degree in 1999 then his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering in 2001.
Mark had been employed by the University of Colorado where he did research and teaching and also worked for the US Department of Agriculture in Maryland. He was an avid reader and writer of poetry, and he enjoyed science and archeology.
Mr. Saarinen is survived by his parents; Alpo and Paula Saarinen of Troy; siblings; Jennifer Mancinelli and her husband, David of Newton and David E. Saarinen and his wife, Abigail Pierson of Bedford. His Uncles; Fred Johnson and his wife, Edith of Baltimore, MD and Paul Johnson of Troy. His Aunts; Elaine Harpold and her husband, Mike of Ketchikan, AK and Rosalyn Saarinen of Gardner, MA. He also leaves; a niece, 4 nephews, 6 cousins and extended family and friends.
There will be no services at this time. The family would prefer donations be made in memory of Mark A. Saarinen to:
Troy Ambulance Service
14 Central Square
Troy, N.H. 03465 or
Fitzwilliam Ambulance Service
4 Church St.
Fitzwilliam, N.H. 03447.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester, West Swanzey, NH 03469. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com