Earl Marks (1928 - 2016)

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Earl Raymond Marks
October 4, 1928 - December 31, 2016
Earl Raymond Marks passed away peacefully at home, with his family present, on the afternoon of December 31, 2016. Earl was born October 4, 1928, the third of four children of Raymond and Julia Marks.
Earl saw himself as a "Country Boy" and wrote about his early life in a self-published autobiography which is one of his greatest gifts to his family. He spoke proudly of his early life on the farm, of driving teams of horses during harvest and of sharing chores and bathwater with his siblings. He started manning a lookout on forest fire watch with the Forest Service beginning the summer of his 16th year.
Earl met Marilyn Joanne Gray, Meridian's first Dairy Show Princess, in 1949 and they were married in Boise the following year. They raised four children: Andy, Ken, Cindy and Angie.
Earl went to college to study forestry, but was recruited to be area manager for the Shaw Surgical Company where he enjoyed a long and successful career until his retirement in 1989. Due to a family illness, Earl re-entered the workforce as general manager of G&B Ready Mix for several years. His professional career was interrupted for 14 months during 1961-62 when his Idaho National Guard unit was activated during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served as a lieutenant while stationed at Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington. Never one to miss an opportunity, he and his family explored and enjoyed the Puget Sound region during that time.
As Earl felt a strong civic responsibility, he served on the Meridian School District Board of Directors for many years, and as board Chairman enjoyed the honor of presenting high school diplomas to both his oldest and youngest children. In addition, he was elected by his peers to be President of the Idaho School Boards Association, and chaired a National School Boards Association committee on textbook selection. He was an avid and longtime booster of Meridian School athletics in which all of his children and many of his grandchildren participated.
Earl and Marilyn enjoyed the Oregon coast, the southern California desert and Idaho recreation areas in their motorhome. Earl enjoyed bird hunting and fishing in his early life, and then golf and travel in his later years. Earl and Marilyn were members of the Broadmoor Country Club in Nampa, and later he golfed at the Centennial Golf Course in Nampa. They also enjoyed watching the University of Idaho Vandal football games. He was an avid reader, loved crossword puzzles, dancing and playing cards with friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his sly smile was easily recognized by those who knew him well. More than anything else in life, Earl loved his family with devotion and an enormous heart.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; older sister, Louise Ford; younger brother, Richard Marks; grandson, Christopher Marks, and his wife of 50 years, Marilyn. His brother, Albert Marks, currently resides in Middleton with his wife, Lois.
Earl is survived by Andrew Marks and wife, Margie, of Auburn, WA; Kenneth Marks and wife, Ali, of San Diego, CA; Cindy and Tom Christensen of Meridian, ID; Angela Mooney of Kirkland, WA; Dennis Mooney of Nampa, ID; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family owes sincere gratitude to Dr. Gretchen Kohler and his loyal caregivers: Jean Mefford, Kathy Fifer, Sherry Smith, Juanita Pond and Mary Schwarze. We received comfort from Treasure Valley Hospice and wish to thank the Boise Knights of Columbus for their generosity. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Meridian Food Bank, or The .
The life of Earl and his brother, Richard, will be celebrated in a joint service at 10:00 AM at the Meridian United Methodist Church, 240 E. Idaho St. on Saturday, January 7th. Remembrances may be left for the family on his webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 5, 2017
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