Mark William Kridner
October 3, 1960 - November
My name is Kirk Kridner of Austin, Texas.
I am the oldest child of Ken and Eloise Kridner of Houston, Texas. My parents
had four children: myself; Mike Kridner of Houston; Mark Kridner of Austin;
and Kathy Carasas of San Antonio, Texas. My brother, Mark, was suddenly
and tragically taken from us in a traffic accident early Saturday evening,
November 28, 1998, in Austin.
The facts of the accident are rather sketchy
as it was an apparent one-car accident and there are no known witnesses.
Mark was traveling west on Southwest Parkway between Mopac (Loop 1) and
Republic of Texas Blvd. Mark was heading in the direction of his apartment,
which was about a mile away. When I went to his apartment on Sunday after
the accident, I found his laptop computer on his dining room table still
running and there was a sandwich wrapper in the wreckage, so it appears
that he had been working on his computer and went to get something to eat.
He was driving his new 1998 Pontiac Firebird that he has owned for about
8 months and apparently lost control of his vehicle while in a curve. The
car slid sideways off the roadway into a grove of cedar trees and overturned
several times uprooting a number of trees before coming to rest upside down.
There were two paramedics who heard the accident and turned around to investigate.
By the time they reached Mark, he was already gone and there was nothing
that could be done.
Our family and his many friends will miss
Mark very much. The following is the obituary that was published in the
Austin and Houston papers:
MARK WILLIAM KRIDNER
Mark William Kridner, 38, was suddenly taken from this world and
passed into eternal life with our Father on Saturday, November 28, 1998,
in Austin, Texas. Born on October 3, 1960, in Refugio, Texas, Mark was
an Honor graduate of both Westbury High School in Houston and the University
of Texas in Austin. He was recognized in the field of software programing
and, during his too short career he did programing work for the space shuttle
for NASA with Link Flight Simulation Corporation, defense work with Lockheed
Missiles & Space, and telecommunications with the Iridium satellite
project for Motorola. Mark also did work for other companies including
American Airlines, 3-M, Boeing, and Kodak as well as running several of
his own software related enterprises. Immediately prior to passing, he
was working in Rochester, N.Y. Prior to that Mark had been working on projects
in Austin and in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as attending graduate studies
at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcus.
Mark is preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. &
Mrs. W. S. Kirkland of Woodsboro, Texas, and Mr. & Mrs. Levi J. Kridner
of Alvin, Texas. Mark is survived by his parents, Eloise and Ken Kridner
of Houston, Texas, brothers, Kirk Kridner of Austin, Texas, Mike Kridner
of Houston, Texas, and sister, Kathy Carasas of San Antonio, Texas, two
nieces, and three nephews, and other relatives and friends.
All of our family would like to thank everyone
who has shown so much support and love during this time of sorrow.