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Funeral held for influential political consultant Mark Abernathy

A funeral is held Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, Calif., for longtime political consultant Mark Abernathy. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Friends and family members gathered Saturday at the Valley Baptist Church to remember the life of longtime political consultant Mark Abernathy.

He was considered to be a powerful behind-the-scenes political force. He started the consulting firm Western Pacific Research.

He was also a captain in the Air Force from 1968-72 during the Vietnam War, according to his obituary.

Abernathy, 75, died in late January after a short battle with an illness.

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