Jim Marking (1927 - 2013)

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Jim Marking

Jim Marking of Brookings, died Saturday, January 19, 2013, in the Brookings Hospital. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 24, 2013, at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Brookings, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitations will be from 4-7 P.M. Wednesday at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, with a public wake service at 7:00 P.M.

Jim Marking was born April 26, 1927, in Parkston, SD. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic grade school and graduated from Parkston High School in 1945. He enlisted in the Navy and was discharged in August of 1946 and then enrolled at South Dakota State College where he earned a B.S. and M.A degree in Physical Education.

While attending South Dakota State College, Jim renewed his friendship with a high school friend Carola Koehn. Jim and Carola were married on August 22, 1952. They enjoyed a wonderful lifetime of 59 years together.

During college, Jim coached basketball at Bruce High School and after graduation coached at Hayti (117-13), where he won the Boy's State B High School Championship in 1954 and runner-up twice. Jim then moved on to Watertown (78-35) where he won the Boy's State A High School Championship in 1959 and runner-up twice. Jim then finished his coaching career at South Dakota State from 1960-1974. As Assistant Coach under Jim Iverson, the Jack Rabbits won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1963. As head coach at SDSU, he had four North Central Conference championships, (1968-1969-1970-1973) and 5 NCAA post-season appearances.

In 24 years as a prep and college basketball coach, he won 73.8 percent of the time. He retired as the winningest coach in SDSU men's basketball history (148-80). His high school teams had 8 state tourney appearances and reached the finals 6 times, winning two state championships.

After leaving SDSU, Jim was employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Dakota, retiring in 1987.

Jim had a much celebrated coaching career and he impacted the lives of many as "Coach". His honors include: the only coach to win a State "B" Championship (Haiti) and State "A" Championship (Watertown), South Dakota Hall of Fame, South Dakota High School Coaches Hall of Fame, Distinguished Alumnus Award at SDSU, Watertown High School Hall of Fame, South Dakota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, South Dakota State University Hall of Fame, South Dakota Press Association Distinguished Athletic Award, North Central Conference Hall of Fame, South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, South Dakota College Coach of the Year in 1970, and Governor Kneip issued an Executive Proclamation of "Jim Marking Day" on Dec. 21, 1974.

Jim was an active member in the following organizations: The Elks, American Legion, ABC Bridge Association, Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas More Catholic Church. His hobbies included playing cards and being a "Die-Hard" Chicago Cubs baseball fan.

Survivors include his sister, Theresa (Don) Maxwell of Mountain View, CA; five children: Nancy Johnson of Sioux Falls, Tom (Cindy) Marking of Porterfield, WI, Dan (Susan) Marking of Grand Rapids, MN, Robert Marking of Brookings, Pam (Marvin) Rathlisberger of Crystal, MN; eight grandchildren: and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carola.

Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 20, 2013
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