Mark Cairns, age 53 of Alexandria, Minnesota, formerly of the Appleton area, passed Saturday, December 28, 2019, in the St. Cloud Hospital from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Visitation for Mark Cairns will be held Friday, January 10, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, MN.  Visitation will continue on Saturday, January 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, MN.

Memorial services for Mark Cairns will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, MN, with Pastor Roger Fears officiating.

Burial will be in the Appleton City Cemetery.

He was born September 28, 1966, in Appleton, MN, to John and Sandra Quaal Cairns. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, MN, where he was a life-long member. He was raised on a dairy farm with his siblings. He graduated from Appleton High School in 1985. He attended NDSU for 1 ½ years and then returned home to farm. He and his dad also worked for Hydro Engineering in irrigation. Mark met the love of his life, Tina Matter, in November of 1993. They lived on the Cairns farm site and moved to Glenwood in 2001. Currently, they live in Alexandria, MN. Mark did carpentry work, semi-truck driving, and presently was the nursery manager at a large hog farm near Hoffman, MN.

Mark had an amazing work ethic and prided himself on being the best. He loved working outside and in his shop. Mark has shown us what a workaholic looks like, to be accepting of what life hands us and how to be content. He was a loyal friend and would help anyone at any time. He had a dry sense of humor and lived life to the fullest. Mark’s last gift was the gift of his very self as a donor, given so that others may have the hope of life and health. Mark will be missed by many.

Mark is survived by his fiancée: Tina Matter of Alexandria, MN; his mother: Sandra (Chuck) Tatge of Appleton, MN; his father: John (Terry Witte) Cairns of Forsyth, MO; sisters:Marcia (Brad) Wehe of Grand Forks, ND, Melanie (Duncan McDonald) Cairns of Grand Forks, ND; nieces: Kelsey and Karlee Wehe; nephews: Matthew Wehe and Alex McDonald of Grand Forks, ND; aunts: Barbara Morseth of Montevideo, MN, Pat Shiroma of Guston, KY, and Audrey Forrette of Sioux Falls, SD; Tina’s family of sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Howard and Alvene Cairns and Gilman and Alice Quaal; uncles: David Cairns, Jim Cairns, and Gordon Quaal.

Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home – Vaala Chapel in Appleton.

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