Robert Marquis

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Dr. Robert "Bob" Marquis
June 14, 1950 - May 11, 2018
Dr. Robert D. Marquis III, 67, of Glade Park, CO, died Friday, May 11, while piloting his small aircraft near Denver.
Dr. Marquis was a beloved family man and dedicated veterinarian.
He was born June 14, 1950, in Ames, Iowa, to Marine Corps Captain Robert D. Marquis, Jr. and Marjorie Marquis. "Bobby" Marquis grew up in Kansas City, graduating from Southwest High School in 1968, where he played quarterback on the football team.
He earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri in 1978. Dr. Marquis then practiced large and small animal medicine in New York, Vermont, Missouri, and Kansas. He established Tiara Rado Animal Hospital in Grand Junction in 1983. There he created an innovative and successful veterinary practice, which provided care for countless clients and their pets. His employees were not his team, they were part of his family. He was known for his easy-going spirit, generosity, and compassion, "Dr. Bob," as many like to call him, was an experienced pilot who loved to fly, an avid woodworker, an outdoorsman, and favorite fishing partner.
Fate was at hand in 2002 when Bob was referred by his physician to Burdette for an ultrasound exam. She was immediately taken by his sweet and humorous nature. Bob maintains that the first time he heard "Birdie's" name, something resounded inside of him and he knew she was the one he would spend the rest of his life with. They experienced many adventures flying into remote mountain airstrips, camping, and fly-fishing. Their's is a love that many hope for, but few are blessed to experience.
Bob served on many missions with the Mesa County Search and Rescue Team of which he was a volunteer. The comradery he shared with his fellow teammates meant much to him.
Described by an old friend as a "fine person," he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, clients, and colleagues who will cherish his memories for a very long time.
Dr. Marquis is survived by his beloved wife, Burdette; son, Zach Marquis (Kelli) of Gunnison, CO; step-daughter, Jody Greager of Meeker, CO; three adored grandchildren, Cade Greager (12), Cecelia Marquis (3), and Virgill Marquis (2); his brother, Van B. Marquis of Kansas City, KS; his sister, Elizabeth A. Marquis of Chicago, IL; as well as his dog, Enzo, who accompanied Dr. Marquis everywhere, including work.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 2542 G Road, Grand Junction, CO.
In honor of Dr. Bob, "The Marquis Miracle" fund has been set up to assist pet owners who may not be able to afford medical care for their pets. Donations can be made to any Alpine Bank or in person at Tiara Rado Animal Hospital.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel from May 16 to May 18, 2018