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Minnesota soldier Mark Weber, author of 'Tell My Sons,' dies at 41

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Lt. Col. Mark Weber, the Minnesota solider who publicly battled cancer and penned the book "Tell My Sons" died Thursday surrounded by family. He was 41.

Weber, of Rosemount, who was born in St. Paul, in 2010 was diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer and given months to live. He gained international attention for his brave battle with the disease. Weber is expected to appear on the cover of Parade Magazine this Sunday for Father’s Day.

Weber's CaringBridge page said, "Mark’s wish to die at home, embraced by love, and a view of his beloved garden was granted to him. Mark often quoted Mark Frost - “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming .... WOW what a ride!” Well Mark, mission accomplished."

The Pioneer Press reports that he told a crowd last year, "I got another uninvited guest in the back row. ... His name is Death. And I mention him because I see him, and I hear him at least once a month. And he whispers something in my ear I'd like to pass along to each of you: He says, 'Live. Because I am coming,'"

Weber, father of three sons, wrote the book "Tell My Sons," released earlier this month. “I didn’t write this to be an anchor for my boys to carry around their necks for the rest of their lives,” Weber had told WCCO. “I wrote this as something to be inspired by.”

Weber spoke about citizenship at a Memorial Day service last month.

Last year, he gave a deeply moving address at the Minnesota History Center. At the event, Weber also sung the song "Tell My Father" with one of his sons. Afterward, the two shared an emotional embrace:

Here Weber talks about service, humility and family:

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