Sterling Silver Club Shining Stars: Mark & Dana Combs

By: Courtney Lewis

February 01, 2024

Senior Care Plus and Sterling Silver Club members Mark and Dana combs pose for a photo

Dana and Mark Combs met through mutual friends and had a long friendship before they became a couple in 2009. They were married in 2011 in a private ceremony at a small Reno chapel, and a few months later had a big celebration with their family and friends.  

Encouraging Others to Succeed 

Over the years, the happy couple has spent much of their time volunteering and giving back to others in their community. Twenty-six years ago, Mark became a bilateral lower limb amputee. For the past 10 years, he has been a prosthetic consultant, helping other amputees learn how to cope with various challenges and encouraging them to keep living life to the fullest. “Mark is great with helping people,” said Dana.  

Dana also does a lot of rewarding work through a Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O). She is an advocate for raising money to help women ages 18 and up gain an education. Dana also enjoys tutoring English as a second language.  

Enjoying Quality Time, Hobbies & Travel

When Dana and Mark aren’t helping others, they are spending time with their family and friends, their dog Mia (a 3-year-old Maltipoo) or enjoying one of their many hobbies. Some of Mark’s favorite things to do include playing Solitaire and strumming on his guitar.  “I love to garden and play crossword puzzles and word games,” said Dana. “I’m really looking forward to the springtime to spend more time in the garden.” She loves to work out and has a membership at the UFC gym in Reno through her Senior Care Plus gym benefit. Dana also has her own online Etsy store, where she sells homemade jam jars, candle holders and vintage dolls. “Last summer I sold my first edition Barbie that I got when I was 9 years old,” said Dana. “I made quite a profit on it.”  

One of the couple’s favorite things to do together is travel. “We love going to Maui – it’s our favorite place,” said Dana. “We’re very sad about the Lahaina Fire that happened last summer.” After the fire happened, The Washington Post put out a request to readers to submit their photos and stories of memories they made in Maui. Dana submitted a photo of Mark with the caption “On our many trips to Maui, my husband Mark is always anxious to be in Lahaina sitting under the banyan tree with his friends, the birds. To him, this is a special and almost spiritual activity: getting a bag of chips and feeding the pigeons. I call him the “Bird man of Lahaina.” Their photo and memory was published by the Washington Post on August 23, 2023.  

Dana and Mark last visited Maui in December 2022, and are hoping to return to the island soon. They’ve also had great experiences traveling to Cabo and the city of Palm Desert in southern California. “We recently spent three weeks in Palm Desert with some friends and are looking forward to going back there,” said Dana. “We are planning to travel up the Oregon Coast this summer.”  

Gratitude for Great Healthcare

When it comes to their healthcare, Dana and Mark said they love Renown and Senior Care Plus. “There’s no hassle with Senior Care Plus,” said Mark. “We don’t have to worry about anything.” Dana and Mark love their providers at Renown, having MyChart at their fingertips, and their low prescription drug costs. “We’ve been Senior Care Plus members since we became eligible for Medicare and we’re very happy with it,” said Dana. Fun fact: Dana and Mark appear in the newest Senior Care Plus television commercial that has been airing locally since last October.  

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