Marcus Erwin Graves (1955 - 2015)

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Juneau resident Marcus Erwin Graves, 60, passed away unexpectedly on November 26, 2015. Born July 18, 1955 in Beaver County, Pennsylvania to Keith and Mary Lou Tyson, Marcus traveled to Alaska in the mid-1970s and stayed for most of the next 40 years. He graduated from the University of Alaska – Southeast, and worked as a paralegal in Juneau, Seattle, and San Diego, owned a landscaping business during the 1990s, and held various jobs with the State of Alaska. At the time of his death, Marcus was employed as an eligibility technician with the Office of Children's Services, where he appreciated working with a team of people dedicated to easing the way for children in Alaska's foster care system, a cause always dear to his heart.

Marcus loved gardening and caring for plants, creating an amazing display of sunflowers, herbs, and vegetables in the small yard of the apartment building where he lived at Third and Gold Streets downtown. He also enjoyed cooking and baking, supplying friends and co-workers with his signature Dragon's Breath Salsa and other specialties. Marcus was a lifelong enthusiast of politics, whether local, state, or national, and an aficionado of professional tennis, Seattle Seahawks football, and disco-era dance music.

Marcus is survived by three brothers and two sisters on the East Coast. His Juneau friends will celebrate his life on Saturday, April 9th, with a 12:30 p.m. lunch at Mi Casa restaurant. (If planning to join us, please email Cheryl at [email protected] by April 7th.) Those wishing to honor Marcus may donate in his name to the Cancer Connection of Juneau, P.O. Box 20329, Juneau, AK 99802 or to Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA), P.O. Box 92644, Anchorage, AK 99509.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 31 to Apr. 30, 2016