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On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, the Brecht family lost a cherished and loyal member of their family.

Mark was born June 23, 1964, to Roy and Gwen J. Brecht in Billings. Mark was a character, with a colorful history. There was never a dull moment with Mark.

Mark started his mechanical career at a very early age, working at The Spoke Shop as a bicycle mechanic. From this, he was allowed the honor of training with the U.S Olympic bicycle team as their bike mechanic in 1984.

When Mark was at the ripe old age of 19, he opened his first automotive repair shop, Magic City Auto Service.

In 1989, Mark and Terry relocated to Denver. Mark worked as a mechanic in Denver and was the first to be certified in Air Care Colorado and also became a Master Tech. Mark was the go-to guy in Colorado to make it run right. While turning wrenches, he also worked on his own passion of building his own pro-street drag car. He loved that car, but always wanted to go faster. And that he did.

Upon returning to Montana in 2005, Mark worked at Willard's Garage before going out on his own again with Repairs By Mark. Mark worked long hours at RBM until his health no longer allowed him to continue his passion of working on cars.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Roy F. Brecht; brother, Mike Brecht; and grandparents, Edith M. Eggar, Stanley L. Pearson, and Frederick and Martha Brecht.

He leaves behind his mother, Gwen J. Brecht and step-father, Aaron Meyer; sisters, Deborah Jo Brecht, Dawn Marie Selstad; ex-wife, yet best friend for 28 years, Terry Thornburg; nieces, Michaelia Brecht, Amanda Selstad Perchert, Shelby Selstad and Holly Ann Huss; and nephews, Timothy and Justin Brecht and Adam Selstad.

The family would like to invite all to join in celebrating Mark's life at the family home at 2308 Blue Creek Road at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family through "Our Families" at www.cfgbillings.com.

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