Mark R. ‘Mayor’ Seltmann


Mark R. “Mayor” Seltmann, 58, a resident of Athena, Oregon, passed away on August 24, 2017, in Spokane, Washington.

He was born on August 20, 1959, in Portland, Oregon, to John W. Seltmann and Mildred J. Morrison. He was raised and attended school in Vancouver, Washington. He graduated in 1977 from Ft. Vancouver High School. He later moved to Athena, Ore.

He married Kathryn J. Quaempts in August of 1987. They later divorced. He married Kimberly Melton on August 26, 2011.

He was a sales and lease consultant for McCurley Integrity Toyota of Walla Walla. He was the former mayor of Athena from January 1995 to January 2006.

On January 12, 2016, he received from Wildhorse Lodge #65 the Hiram Award for Dedicated Service. Throughout his lifetime, he had received many other awards and recognitions.

He was very active in the Athena Community. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Athena Fire Department. He was vice president of Athena Caledonian Games. He was a member of Athena Main Street Association. He was vice chairman of Sunset Housing, a member of Milton-Freewater Masonic Lodge and Al Kader Shriners. From 1999-2000 he was on the board of directors of the Oregon Mayor’s Association. In August 2002 he received the Mayor Leadership Award for Small City. In 2001, 2002 and 2003 he was on the board of directors for the League of Oregon Cities.

He loved to garden and loved his roses. He also didn’t mind yard work.

He is survived by his wife Kimberly Seltmann in Athena, Oregon; sons Nicholas Seltmann, Walla Walla, Washington, and Benjamin Seltmann, Walla Walla, Washington; daughters Holly Messee (spouse Jeff), Spokane, Washington, and Amanda Melton, Walla Walla, Washington; sister Debi Seltmann, Vancouver Washington; brother Wes Seltmann (spouse Rebecca), Olympia, Washington; four grandchildren; and two Bassett hounds; Abigail and Otto.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Joan Seltmann, and son Christopher J. Quaempts.

There will be a Celebration of Life with Masonic Lodge Wildhorse #65 on September 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Weston-McEwen High School gym in Athena, Ore.

Memorial contributions can be made to Athena Caledonian Games c/o Sue Friese, P.O. Box 161, Athena, OR 97813.

Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online condolence at

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