Mark Edward Ratto, 49, lost his 15-month brave battle with cancer Friday, July 16, 2010, at his home. Mark was discovered to be suffering with a recurrence of his Myeloma April 1, 2009, and remained remarkable in his fight against this awful disease.
Mark had been a much loved and well-known community member in Cambria for over 20 years. He moved to San Luis Obispo to be with his loving partner, Barbara Watson in 2007. Barbara and Mark shared five years together and immensely enjoyed being outdoors and traveling; especially to the Island of Moloka’i, where he shared ownership of a vacation rental condo with his friend, John Clarke.
Mark Always lived the Aloha spirit.
A native Californian, Mark moved to Cambria in 1988 to be with and to assist his father Renaldo Ratto during his senior years. In 1997, Mark started his own business as a computer consultant and served grateful clients throughout San Luis Obispo County. He also sold thousands of computer tutorial books books through one of his other businesses – BestComputerBooks.com. He helped many people enjoy a healthy lifestyle and practiced massage therapy for years.
As a passionate mountain biker, Mark enjoyed life most while on his bike riding through the back country of Cambria with his many biker friends. He will be remembered as a man with a positive attitude and generous spirit who never knew a stranger, and had a warm smile for everyone he met. Many say that Mark was their “first friend” in Cambria, and he will be deeply missed by all of us who had the good luck to know him.