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Tony Markve

1977 - 2015
April 11, 1977 - June 14, 2015
One June 14, 2015, the world lost a great one. Heaven gained one of the kindest, most loving angels ever. Tony was born on April 11, 1977, and he was a true Aries in every way. He was stubborn, fiery, and hardheaded. At the same time, he was the most loving, courageous, and intelligent man many of us will ever know. Tony was born April 11, 1977, in Bowman, North Dakota to Ken and LaRay Markve. They soon moved to Baker, Montana, where Tony was joined by his sister, Kaylee. They moved to Gillette, Wyoming, when Tony was in junior high school. Tony graduated from Campbell County High School in 1995 and went on to the University of Wyoming. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Tony graduated in May, 2000, with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. After college, Tony began a career with Schlumberger in Bossier City, Louisiana. While in Louisiana, Tony married his high school sweetheart and soul mate, Dory Doud. From there, they moved to Worland, Wyoming, where Tony chose to make a career change. Tony and Dory moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2004 to begin working in the commercial construction industry. While a new experience for Tony, he took to it immediately and helped to build and grow a successful, family-owned company. Also while in Denver, Tony developed affection for bulldogs that further demonstrated his kind heart and selflessness. Tony moved to grow and operate various business ventures throughout Wyoming, including commercial and residential real estate, a restaurant, and oil and gas ventures that always kept him busy. In 2013, fueled by activity in the Eagle Ford and a zest for a new adventure, Tony, Dory, and the fur-family moved to San Antonio, Texas, where Tony helped build and operate several saltwater disposal facilities. An avid golfer, Tony was always striving to play better. He had a dream of one day making the senior PGA tournament. Those who know his game believed that, with his hard work, that was within reach. In his limited spare time, he could be found at the driving range for hours on end or golfing with friends, or spoiling his bullies. Tony's love for his family, including those with four legs, ultimately cost him his life. His last act was one of pure selflessness: He was trying to save his fur baby from drowning, and the river took him from us. Wise beyond his years, and forever an old soul, Tony will be missed by so many more than even he realized. He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and true friend to many. While he may not have always given himself the credit he deserved, God has opened his arms to Tony and embraced the man who we all knew him to be. We know that Tony is already in Heaven with his bully babies, Cinnamon and Caesar, grandparents Roy and LaVerne Schuh and Ab Jardee, and his Uncle Larry Markve. Anxiously waiting to see Tony again are his wife, Dory Doud, his bulldog Dolce, sister Kaylee (John) Skidmore, nieces and nephew Haiden, Hudson, and Halle Skidmore, and parents Ken and LaRay Markve. Also, though, we knew Tony has a host of others on Earth who hold him in the highest regard. He will be waiting there for all of us with his wit, smile, sarcasm, and strength. There was only one Tony, and thank God we all got to love him. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 18, at 4:00 p.m. at the Campanas Clubhouse located at 22539 Viajes, San Antonio, TX 78261. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gillette, Wyoming, on Thursday, June 25th. A reception will follow at Cam-Plex Park. Tony always liked to have a good time, so please come celebrate his life with us.

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Published in Express-News on June 17, 2015
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