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Marko, Carl John  
Carl John Marko January 13, 1931 - February 23, 2016 Carl John Marko, age 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Apple Valley on February 23, 2016. Carl, the youngest of two boys, was born January 13, 1931 and raised in Los Angeles by George Marko and Esther Kamerling. Carl had a passion for writing and decided to attend Los Angeles State College, and major in journalism. He worked on the school newspaper, and later became the sports editor of the College Times. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in journalism, he elected to stay an additional year and earn his teaching credential. Shortly thereafter, he began teaching English and journalism at Washington Junior High School. A few year later, he received a special honor for being the "Most Inspirational Teacher". In 1968, Carl was transferred to Hill Junior High School, and was responsible for the accelerated English program, chairman of the English department, advisor for the school newspaper, advisor for the student government class, and chief editor of the yearbook for many years. He received recognition from the California State Senate for all his work with the youth. In 1988, Carl lost his wife, Sandy, to heart disease. The following year, he decided to retire from teaching and received a wonderful plaque from his students from Period 1 stating "English will never be the same without you". This gift meant so much to him, and he treasured it for the rest of his life. In 1990, Carl found new happiness and married Margaret Stephenson. Carl and Margaret were made for each other, and spent 26 wonderful years traveling the globe together. Carl loved to seek out the raw beauty in nature and photograph it. He later combined his passion for words with his keen eye for picturesque landscapes and published his book "Impressions" filled with poetry, short stories and photographs. He submitted several poems and received the "Editor's Choice Award for Poetry" three times, and was also recognized by "Who's Who Among Poetry", "Published Poet-International Library" and the "Published Poet-Noble House" societies. Carl was a loving, caring soul and had a profound impact on everyone he met. He always put other people's needs ahead of his own, and lived his life to help others. He was a very special person, and will be missed. He is survived by his wife Margaret, his two daughters Debbie Willis and Beth Kahkosko, and his son, Alex Marko. A memorial service will be held, Sunday, June 26, at the Sunset Hills Chapel in Apple Valley at 2:30pm.
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Published in the Daily Press on June 25, 2016
Martinez, Saturnino "Turnie"  
Saturnino "Turnie" Martinez December 26, 1959 - June 21, 2016 Saturnino "Turnie" Martinez, 56, formerly of Barstow, CA, passed away June 21, 2016 at his home in Basehor, KS after battling cancer. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Fri., July 1, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 505 E. Mountain View St., Barstow, CA. Reception to follow at Noonan Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care at www.kchospice.org. Turnie was born Dec. 26, 1959 in Apple Valley, CA. He worked at Yellow Freight for 32 years with several accomplishments, most recently receiving the "Three Million Miles Safe Driving" award. He had a passion for cooking for family and friends, a tradition he learned from his mother. He also enjoyed wrenching on cars and a love for the classics. Turnie had a natural gift for car repair, a gift he shared with others. He was always willing to help others, whether it was cooking a large meal to feed others, changing a tire or giving his last dollar to a stranger. He was preceded in death by his parents Manuel and Jennie Martinez and his brother Gilbert Sanchez. He is survived by his family, whom he love spending time with, wife Angela Martinez, 2 sons, Marcello Martinez, his children Lucky and Chance and their mother Drea Pena; Louis Martinez (Elisia), their children Jayden, Kaylee, Irie and a baby girl on the way; 2 daughters Kiana Martinez (Brandon) and Misha Hill (Ryan); their son Jax, 2 stepsons Bryson Trowbridge (Kristina) baby boy on the way and Riley Trowbridge (Maggie); siblings Steven Sanchez (Rosie), Poncie Martinez (Diana), Manuel Martinez (Grace), Alex Martinez (Rosie) Debbie Aguayo (Phil), Andrew Martinez, and Audrey. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that loved and adored him. Arr. Cremation Society of KS & MO www.kccremation.com
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Published in the Daily Press on June 26, 2016
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