Mourning the passing of a real civil servant

A true Copper Country hero has left us far too soon. Mark Peters of Hancock passed away at his home Monday at the age of 63. Peters left a legacy of public service that will be remembered for many years to come.

In addition to a stellar career in law enforcement, which included time with the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department, Houghton City Police and the Michigan State Police, Peters will most likely be remembered for his two-plus decades on the Hancock Schools Board of Education.

Of all elected positions, school board is perhaps the least glamorous and the least likely path to higher office. Yet we feel there is no greater responsibility than being entrusted with overseeing the education of a community’s children.

Membership on a school board is indeed a thankless position, with rare kudos but numerous phone calls at all hours of the night.

School board members are generally the last to be congratulated when things go right and the first to be blamed when they don’t.

Peters did not take his role on the Hancock Board lightly and tackled it with the same passion, enthusiasm, courage and integrity that had served him so well in his law enforcement career.

He served during a time of change and growth, overseeing the construction of new middle and high school buildings.

He was among the steady hands who helped guide the district through difficult financial straits, heading Hancock public schools back towards fiscal responsibility.

Over the past two decades, his only time away from the school board was during time served on the Hancock City Council. Such was the measure of his public service. His was a selfless dedication that is far too rare these days.

We offer our sincerest condolences to Mark’s family, friends and colleagues.

He will be missed.