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Marion H. Pope
King City loses a true gentleman with the passing of Marion H. Pope, 92, who passed away peacefully Sunday, November 25, 2012, surrounded by his devoted family in King City.
Mr. Pope was born January 17, 1920 in Ingold, N.C., to Jasper and Bessie Pope, one of 10 children and raised on a farm near Clinton, N.C. After graduating from Ingold High School in 1939, he worked on the family farm and Belk's Department Store before enlisting in the Navy in 1942. He proudly served during World War II in Hawaii, Marshall Islands, and numerous United States posts. While assigned to King City's Mesa Del Rey Airport during the summer of 1945, he met the love of his life, Patricia Hayes, and they were married January 12, 1946 at St. John's Chapel in Monterey.
He was a painting contractor for 40 years, raised a family of five, volunteered for many organizations including Lions Club, MCARLM, Mee Memorial Hospital Foundation and served eight years on the King City planning commission and four years as a City Councilman. He was also a member of Grace Lutheran Church where he graciously gave of his time and talents.
As Lion's Club President, Mr. Pope successfully collaborated with Colonel Johnson of Fort Hunter Liggett to construct the heliport at Mee Memorial Hospital. As Councilman, he was involved in the City Park renovation with new Stampede Grounds, new tennis and racquetball courts, and King City Pool and Mesa Del Rey Airport upgrades. Mr. Pope started the annual Mee Memorial Hospital Golf Tournament in 1988, was Grand Marshall of the 2007 July 4th Valley Heritage Day Parade and both Marion and Patricia were named King City's Citizens of the Year in 1997.
Marion is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Patricia (Hayes); his five beloved children, Susan (Ken), Linda (Dave), Dennis (Marsha), Laurie (Daymond), and Leslie (Frank); 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 7, 2012, at Grace Lutheran Church in King City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Mee Memorial Hospital Foundation, Grace Lutheran Church or VNA King City Branch.
Arrangements entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Dr., King City, 831-385-5400, www.efscares.com
Published in The Salinas Californian on Dec. 5, 2012