It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to pass on to everyone that BMCS Mark Hetrick passed away yesterday (September 28, 2014) he will be missed by many and never forgotten. May you always have fair winds and calm seas BOATS !!! R.I.P Joe Harp
BMCS Mark Shawn Hetrick, 54, died surrounded by family on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Mark was born on November 21, 1959 and grew up in Plum Borough (Pittsburgh), PA. The oldest son of George Edward and Mary Lillian Hetrick and older brother to Quinn Bryan, Kevin Robert and Glenn Alan. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1980 and served honorably for 24 years. Always the "Sea Dog", Mark served on extended cruises to far reaching waters aboard the USS Suribachi, USS Butte, USS Platte, USS Seattle and USS Gunston Hall. His duty stations included Naval Weapons Station Earle, Naval Station Rota, Spain, Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Station Annapolis. Mark served in the Invasion of Grenada, as well as Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. Mark taught seamanship to the Midshipmen of the US Naval Academy aboard the "Yard Patrol" or "YP's" at the naval station taking the Midshipmen from Annapolis to Nova Scotia. It was here that Mark made his retiring rate of Senior Chief Petty Officer. Mark's last 4 years of sea duty was spent on the USS Gunston Hall. After 4 years on the Gunston Hall, Mark took his final assignment, once again as "Craft Master" at Naval Station Annapolis. Mark loved hanging out with his dogs Ras Mataz Platte and Max Milo as well as fishing and seeing the local sites with his wife and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Edward Hetrick and Mary Lillian Hetrick. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jackie Hetrick of Arnold; two sons, Craig Ryan Hetrick of Ocean City, MD, Sean Andrew Hetrick of Crofton, MD; and one daughter, Katelyn Sarah Hetrick. Also survived by his brothers, Quinn Bryan Hetrick of Apollo, PA, Kevin Robert Hetrick of Delmont, PA, and Glenn Alan Hetrick of Reisterstown, MD and survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may visit on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy, in Severna Park, with a Funeral Service following at 12:00 pm, at the funeral home. Interment will be private.