Howard Markley “Mark” McMahon, who founded the Los Alamos Monitor with his wife June, Dan Miles and John Barnett in 1963, died in Davis, California on Sunday.
Markley was born Sept. 12, 1928, in Dallas, Texas. He began delivering newspaper for his father, Howard, who was publisher of the Abilene Reporter-News, at age 12.
After attending college and serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, McMahon went to work for the San Angelo Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, in 1954, where he met June McDonald Hazlip, who was editor of the women’s page at that time. They were married Jan. 29, 1955.
McMahon took a job at Albuquerque-based The Oil News. One day his work took him to Santa Fe.
“And when he came back he was so excited he burst into the house and he said, ‘Guess what. Los Alamos doesn’t have a newspaper.’” June told the Los Alamos Monitor.
“So three weeks later it did. We just started one right away. We were young. We didn’t know what we were doing.”
They packed up their two sons, Steve and Brian (their daughter Susan was born in Los Alamos is 1965), sublet a small apartment from a lab employee on sabbatical, rented office space over a department store and got to work.