In Memoriam of Mark A. Stennes
June 03, 1951 - July 22, 2014
Many of us lost a friend this summer of 2014. Mark Stennes, lover of elms, a leader in tree care science, research and education left us far too soon. In his time on earth, Mark left an indelible imprint on tree care and the reintroduction of elms to our streetscapes. Mark was a 15+ year Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course Steering Committee veteran, a role that he took very seriously. As a born teacher, this role suited him perfectly.
"Mark had an infectious laugh and enthusiasm to match. He never failed to hold my attention whether it was during a presentation or in personal conversation. He was such a sweet guy, and we shared the same east side St. Paul barber."
-Val Cervenka, Forest
Health Program Coordinator, DNR Forestry
“I am very saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague Mark Stennes. Mark was quite important in my career in arboriculture. I first knew Mark in the 90’s when he and I shared an employer in Rainbow Treecare. It was at this time I became aware of his passion for Elms and aware of his work with the Dr. French. Mark moved on to Top Notch Treecare in the late 90’s but he was still talked about everywhere I went because of his work with Dutch Elm Disease and in the mid 2000’s I got a chance to work with him again as consultants at Top Notch. Mark showed me the ropes of consultant work. I can recall many times when me and Mark would set out on site visits where I learned not only real world diagnostics but how to interact with clients. Mark was very much a people person and for me a mentor whom I deeply respected. Our friendship led us to many other connections but more importantly we connected later in our careers with the Shade Tree Short Course steering committee. Marks knowledge of this green industry and connections within it still amaze me. His role in my life now represents new skills in speaking to an audience and capturing their interest. What I guess I am trying to say is thank you Mark! Thank you for being Mark Stennes and thank you for being my friend and colleague. Mark I will miss you but you will be remembered well beyond your years.”
Plant Health Specialist, M.D.A.