October 12, 1963 - April 17, 2019
Mark Henry Kett, 55, was born on October 12, 1963, in Salina, Kansas to William Edward “Bill” Kett and Carol Triplett Kett Johnson, both of whom preceded him in death and died on April 17, 2019, in Carrollton, Texas.
He grew up an Army brat and he had lived in Hawaii & Germany by first grade and Fort Hood, Killeen, Indianapolis, and ended up graduating from Judson High School in 1981in San Antonio, Texas. He became interested in medicine after a friend was injured. He worked as a cook at various restaurants in San Antonio, before he decided to join the Army and became a medical specialist. His first post was at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where he took advantage of the opportunities offered by the Army and studied & CLEP’d his way into an Associates Degree.
He became interested in the Army’s Physician Assistant Program and found a way in through the Texas National Guard Program after successfully making it through Warrant Office Candidate (WOC) School first, a particularly difficult Army program, which had a profound influence on the him for the rest of his life. He graduated from PA school in 1991, earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma through their association with the Army, thus becoming a Mustang, a prior enlisted soldier that becomes an officer. Although he started his PA career as a Warrant Officer and worked his way up to Chief Warrant Officer 3, before having to start over as a second lieutenant following Congress’ decision to commission the PAs. He eventually retired from the Army/Army National Guard in 2004 as a Captain after serving over 20 years.
As a PA-C, He worked in many medical specialties in many places, including the Travis County jails, Pulmonology in South Texas, Emergency Medicine with the Choctaw nation in Oklahoma, as well as the emergency rooms of various North Texas hospitals. Mark finished his Physician Assistant career by specializing in Weight Loss medicine, eventually starting and running North Texas Clinical Weight Loss with his wife, where he served as the medical provider and Clinic Director from 2007 until the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Christina Givaudan Kett, his stepson, George Givaudan, his brother, Edward James Kett of Houston, his sisters, Joyce Kett King and her husband, Rick, of Waxahachie, Christy Kett Matt, and her husband Tony Matt of Minnesota, and Angela Johnson, of Indiana, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services with military honors will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Noon) in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home at 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
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