Mark “Scrat” Alan Hribik, 63, of Caldwell, Idaho was a caring husband, father, brother, and friend. Early in the morning of August 1st, he gained victory over his eight-month battle with brain cancer, passing peacefully in he and his wife Debbie’s home of 26 years.
Mark was born to Frank Sr. “Yank” and Shirley “Spud” Hribik on March 9th, 1958 in Kittanning, PA. Mark’s childhood and adolescence was spent hunting, fishing, trapping, and getting into general mischief alongside his three brothers.
After high school, Mark relocated to Boise, Idaho where he attended Boise State University, and became a celebrated member of their theatre team. He starred in plays such as Zoo Story, Of Mice and Men, and Man of La Mancha, which earned him frequent features in local publications.
After college, Mark picked up work selling cars. That simple car lot job grew into a lifelong career in the car industry, as well as the catalyst that brought him to the love of his life, Debbie. They first met during a car deal that went south, and after a few more chance encounters, it became apparent something was meant to be. They tied the knot in Elko, Nevada on October 26th, 1992, and their only child, Jessica, was born in July of 1993.
Mark spent his adult years both working his tail off, and pursuing his love of the outdoors. As is common in the car industry, he put in years at multiple dealerships, until he found the right fit at Steve’s Hometown Toyota in Ontario, Oregon. He formed some of the most authentic friendships of his life during his time at Hometown Toyota.
When he was not working, Mark held a passionate reverence for the great outdoors. His days off the lot would be spent maintaining his 2.5 acre plot of land, landing brown trout at the Owyhee River, or plotting his next big game hunt. Through his 63 years as an outdoorsman, Mark harvested countless trout and muscratts, waterfowl, turkeys, bears, deer, and a pronghorn -- all of which were hunted with the deepest respect. The only thing he enjoyed more than hunting and fishing was sharing the love of the sport with his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Debbie; his daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Caleb Robbins; his father, Frank Hribik Sr.; and two brothers, Frank Hribik Jr. and David Hribik. He is preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Hribik (Czapor); and his older brother, Michael Hribik.
A celebration of Mark’s full and vibrant life will be held on August 15th at 6:30 pm, at he and Debbie’s home in Caldwell. For more information, contact Jessica at 208-899-5296
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