Mark Kaytna Washinton State

by Kim George
(Tacoma, WA)

Mark was Japanese and Caucasian. Long hair, very long. He looked like an Indian. He won His Harley Davidson at the Emerald Queen Casino and loved it.

Mark was an undiscovered artist. He knew he had a great talent, yet he was humble and it took him awhile to show you his craft.
He spent hours and days creating tiny versions of known characters out of paper, glue and paint. They had appendages and could move and they were so small they fit in a matchbox. I only saw batman and Robin and I was blown away. I cannot imagine the time and patience this type of art must take.
Mark helped me see that it really is about the small things and helped me to see that I was an artist in my own way.

Mark was quiet and wise. He was not perfect yet he did not claim to be.
I wish I could have told him how much I loved his art and his quietness and his ability to just make you smile. We parted one day and he said "Your going to miss me".. I said "I already do".

He was hit by a man that was having difficulty in his life. He was out drinking one night and had too much. A friend wanted to drive him home. He refused.

He met Mark at an unmarked intersection in Tacoma WA on 6th and Grant. Neither of them stopped and Mark was struck and under his SUV.

He tried to save Mark, he was a firefighter and knew how to help.

Mark lived for a short time but lost his life the next day.

Marks family and friends were devastated.

The firefighter resigned and I am sure his family is devastated also.
A taxi ride or a ride from a friend could have prevented this.

Think twice because you never know who YOU could lose for doing it or not saying something to someone that does.

Kim George

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Jan 13, 2011
Mark was drinking also
by: Anonymous

That was never mentioned in the Paper, and so most people would not know of it unless they were at the trial.
But it just goes to show you that drinking and driving can rip families apart. One life was lost and many lives were changed forever.
Neither Mark nor the Firefighter were innocent.

They both lost out for the drink.

It's sad all they way around.
It did not have to happen.

Apr 12, 2010
It was an accident
by: Anonymous

WHY DOES NOOOOO OOOONNNNNEEEE
ever mention that mark kaytna had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and had drugs on board.
SOOOOO it was equal responsibilty and was just that an accident
accident......

Mar 15, 2010
double 9
by: Anonymous

im sorry

Dec 22, 2009
please dont drink and drive
by: paula overstreet

I READ YOUR STORY AND YOU ARE SO RIGHT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THE CHOICES THEY HAVE TO MAKE WHEN MIXING ALCOHOL WITH DRIVING...PLEASE EVERYONE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO ALL THESE DEATHS DUE TO ALCOHOL RELATED WRECKS.PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK. SAVE A LIFE, DONT TAKE ONE OR TWO OR YOUR OWN. THIS IS A CHOICE, AND WHAT YOU DECIDE IS UP TO YOU, BUT THEY ARE GOOD CHOICES AND BAD CHOICES.YOU NEED TO KNOW DRINKING AND DRIVING KILLS.PLEASE DONT DRINK AND DRIVE. I ALSO LOSS TWO SONS IN TWO DIFFERENT ALCOHOL RELATED WRECKS.ONE WAS DRINKING AND DRIVING. ONE WAS NOT. ONE YEAR AND EIGHT MONTHS APART. JEREMY WAS 22 YEARS OLD AND ALAN WAS ONLY 16. ALAN WAS KILLED BY JEREMYS BEST FREIND.AFTER MY OLDEST SON PASSED IN OCT 2004, HIS BEST FREIND BECAME VERY CLOSE TO MY TWINS I HAD LEFT. ALAN AND ASHLEY. A BOY AND A GIRL. ALAN WAS RIDEING WITH THE BEST FREIND, WHO HAD BEEN DRINKING. ALAN WAS SOBER. THE WRECK HAPPENED IN JUNE OF 2006. I HAVE BEEN VERY DEPRESSED MANY TIMES BECAUSE OF THIS.IT IS SO HARD TO MOVE FORWARD IN MY LIFE WHEN ALL I WANT IS MY KIDS.MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AND IM SO HURT BECAUSE OF THE DEATHS OF MY KIDS.BOTH MY SONS WERE TOOK FROM US. I BLAME ALCOHOL.I BLAME DRINKING AND DRIVING. LISTEN, YOU HAVE A CHOICE,PLEASE DONT DRINK AND DRIVE. SAVE A LIFE, DONT TAKE ONE OR TWO OR YOUR OWN.....PLEASE HEED THE WARNING SIGNS OF ALCOHOL AND DRINKING AND DRIVING.....I JUST WANT TO SAY IM TRUELY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. PLEASE CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT DRINKING AND DRIVING.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING.GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE. LOVE, PAULA OVERSTREET

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