Harold "Flub" Marker
1925 ~ 2014
Harold "Flub" Marker, 89, of Boise, Idaho went to be with the Lord on July 18, 2014 at the VA Medical Center. We were glad to see him freed from this tired earthly body, but will miss him so much!
Harold was born to Floyd and Irene Johnsen Marker in Boise, Idaho on April 11, 1925. He was the middle of three children. His sisters, Helen and Edith, died very young of Scarlet Fever. He and his mother survived the disease.
Harold attended Franklin School in Boise, Idaho. He enjoyed growing up in Boise where he rode horses and made trouble with his best friend, Don Doores, and Don's future wife, Valene. He remembered those times fondly.
Harold served in the US Army during World War II. He was in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was just a kid and yet he fought valiantly in the South Pacific. This experience left a mark on him for life. He loved the people in the South Pacific and had good memories of them. He was very proud of his country, a true patriot!
Returning from the war, he and a friend heard there was work in Wendover, Nevada. Together they traveled there and worked on the roads. Later, he secured a job on the Wendover Fire Department.
It was in Wendover that he saw a very cute little "chicken" and proceeded to introduce himself to Lorna Mae West. They both loved to Jitterbug and enjoy life. Soon they were dancing all over Nevada, often accompanied by Lorna's sister Marjorie and her husband Stewart Sheldon. On May 17, 1947, they tied the knot in Ely Nevada and the "flock" began.
In the winter of 1948, Harold and Lorna moved to Boise and he eventually became a hoseman for the Boise Fire Department. He worked his way up to Battalion Chief and retired after 32 years. He loved being a fireman, and was very dedicated . He implemented many ideas and studied hard to be the best and most knowledgeable fireman he could be, receiving lifesaving awards and also Firefighter of the Year in 1976. Mayor Dick Eardley told Dad he was "the best firefighter the city ever had" and probably saved his job more than once.
Harold and Lorna loved the mountains of Idaho and they and their family did a lot of camping, salmon fishing, and lake fishing. He also loved to hunt.
Harold and Lorna enjoyed traveling: reunions and dances in Ibapah, Utah, frequent trips to Smith Prairie for dances and visits with his cousins, trips to the coast, bowling league trips, and more. Eventually, they bought a lot in Donnelly, Idaho. They spent many happy times there working on their place, enjoying its beauty and serenity.
He was tough. He was a man of his word and went to any length to make sure it was good. He worked hard. He was very sentimental. He loved his wife and his family, and he made sure he expressed that love for each one prior to his death.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene McIntire; his two sisters , Helen Marker and Edith Marker; his step-father Allen McIntire; his step brother, Bobby McIntire; and his best friend, Don Doores.
Harold is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Lorna; and a half brother, Jim Marker of Oregon. He is also survived by his children: Nancy (Leland) Powell, Kathy Marker, Russell Marker, and Brad (Joi) Marker. Seven loved grandchildren also survive him: Deron (Mayme) Powell, Darbi Powell Dursteler (Robby Robinson), Stephanie (Eli) Short, Maggie Trautman, Kristin Marker, Molly Trautman, and Brent Marker. Last, but not least, he was able to enjoy ten great-grandchildren: Mathew Powell, Isaac Dursteler, Mason Powell, Hayden Dursteler, Zane and Corbin Short, Dante Marker and Lily Marker.
We, his family, would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Zuckerman and Dr. Branahl for their care and support over the last 10 years. We also want to thank the girls in oncology and all the nurses and staff in the C.L.C. You all cared for him and us with love and compassion. Thank you!! We salute the VA Medical Center in Boise, Idaho!
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, Meridian, with a viewing beginning at 10:00 am. Graveside services will conclude at Star Cemetery, Star, Idaho.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Camp Hodia for children with diabetes. You can give online at hodia.org, or call 208-891-1023, ext. 0, for information on mailing.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Harold's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.
Summers Funeral Home - Ustick Chapel
3629 East Ustick Road Meridian, ID 83642
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 22, 2014