My Life Story

As a "Navy brat" my childhood went by in Guam, Newfoundland, Texas, and finally San Diego, California. In Newfoundland, at age seven, I joined the Cub Scouts. Later, in San Diego, at age sixteen, I became the youngest Eagle Scout that year in the local County Council. One highlight from those years is that my dad allowed me, at the age of twelve, to buy a bolt action single shot Remington 22 rifle using money I earned from my paper route. I remember how fun it was to go to the Navy indoor shooting range on Coronado Island. My interest in guns continues to this day, and I am personally involved in the NRA organization.

Always needing to work to get spending money, during high school my entire senior year I made donuts from 11 pm to 7 am and still managed to participate in football, swimming, and wrestling, and graduate with grades high enough to be accepted into San Diego State University. Due to my financial situation, though, I couldn't go. Instead, I joined the workforce and got married. During this marriage, which lasted 20 years, my two sons were born. In 1989, I met and married my second wife, Laura, and became her daughter's adoptive Dad.

My career path includes more than a decade of managing four Southern California fast food restaurants for which I owned the leasehold, 25 years in territory management at Ecolab Inc. in Northern California, and a number of years in Hawaii (aloha!) as a laundry business specialist before transferring to Fresno (my wife needed to be able to assist her ailing Mom). Yet no matter where I went, in whatever community I found myself, I strove to make a difference.*

In California I've held many state level positions in the Jaycees, including Vice-president, after which I was honored with a Life Membership. In Hawaii, I served as President of the Kamehameha Lions Club and State Zone Chair. In Fresno I joined the Elks and the Central Valley Mustang Car Club, where, in 2016 I became President. We inaugurated the "Central Valley Fallen Heroes Annual Car Show" which generated $15K for families of fallen or injured military or police officers. Also in Fresno I served as Deputy District Director, State Parliamentarian, and State Vice-president of the California Republican Assembly. I simply can't resist working alongside my neighbors to keep things going in a good direction.

When I retired, I looked for property in Douglas County and found a place in Topaz Ranch Estates. This is home. I joined a local church and began to search out how I might put my energies into serving my new community.

I transferred my membership to the Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge and joined the Douglas County Republican Central Committee where I'm the Voter Registration Chair and a 2019 representative to the Nevada State Central Committee. I'm a member of the Douglas County Sheriff's Battle Born Mounted Posse, and I serve as Chair of the Carson Valley Friends of the NRA (I am an NRA Life Member).

In January 2019 I was appointed by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners to a 2-year term as a member of the Senior Services and Public Transportation Advisory Council. In this role, I'm working to obtain regularly scheduled DART service into south county.

I love history and especially US history. I continue to enjoy horseback riding, shooting and hunting, boating on Topaz Lake, and camping with my wife, Laura. We have 9 grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to 23.

*Check out "COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS" for more details.

Mark Gardner

“Let's be safe, sound and rural”

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