Mark Anthony "Tone" Wilson is a Bay Area Native, born in San Francisco and raised in the North of Oakland. The second son of five children, Tone was a natural born leader. The first of his siblings to do so, Tone graduated from Oakland Technical High School. Forgoing a full scholarship to study theater and drama, Tone enlisted in the Armed Forces where he'd serve in Europe and throughout the United States. Upon returning to the states, Tone worked various jobs and remained self reliant. Tone always had a soft spot for youth long before becoming a father in 1986. Tone is a loving and dedicated husband who has seven children, all of whom are loved and disciplined the same. In 1986, Tone took the role of coach, coaching baseball, basketball and football. By 1990, Tone began to officiate basketball games for recreational leagues and high school under East Bay officials throughout Northern California and he also officiated sports for the local Special Olympics. Not long after that, Tone also took on umpiring men’s and women’s competitive softball and baseball games. Tone has volunteered his time mentoring children at an Oakland daycare facility as well as the YMCA before joining a faith based non-profit organization titled Peacemakers. With Peacemakers, Tone mentored young men and women at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro, Ca, for four years before becoming Athletic Direction as well as Lead Security Officer at Rudsdale Continuation School in 2003, where he continues to mentor and teach life skills. Tone has been recognized for eliminating suspensions at Rudsdale during a five year period. Tone has dedicated not only many years of his life, but also his legacy to bettering the youth he serves. He challenges youth to hold themselves accountable for their actions and their future as the latter depends on the prior. Tone still has a relationship with all of people he has mentored in the past. He is known to them as Uncle Tone.
– Bio by Youngest Daughter, Markell Wilson
“Be the change you wish to see in the world”
– Mahatma Gandhi