How do you begin to tell the full scope of a life well lived? There's love, loss, challenges, triumphs and all the mundane moments that truly matter at the end.
This isn't the full story, but a short tale that hopefully helps you know a man.
Gerald Frederick Marco, "Jerry" or "Marco" as most called him, was someone we were lucky enough to call, "Dad."
He was born in Vallejo, California, on June 30, 1946, to Era K. (Lovell) and Tom Marco Sr.
Growing up in the Napa Valley was filled with outdoor adventures. Fishing with his brother, Tom Jr., and sister, Lynda, instilled a love and appreciation of nature that lasted his entire life.
That passion carried him into a career as a Fisheries Biologist. In the early 70s, he found himself packing up his young family and moving from Napa to Inchelium, Washington, to begin the Fisheries program for the Colville Confederated Tribes.
Our Dad spent nearly 40 years with the Tribe and it was his life's work to help bring Salmon runs back to their headwaters.
Once retired, his attention turned to the art of photography.
He spent winters planning road trips and mapping hikes to the Southwest and National Parks to photograph water fowl and landscapes. Though his favorite subjects were the hummingbirds right out his front door.
Our Dad was a fierce competitor and great athlete. A lifelong learner who was curious and compassionate. A loyal friend who, at first, may have seemed shy, but was a listener and true conversationalist.
Our Dad valued his family, a good cigar and a summer throwing horseshoes with G&Ts. And he was always happiest on the lake fishing - even if we didn't catch anything (especially in fish alley).
His passing on Aug. 18, 2021, was abrupt. Succumbing to a very aggressive cancer that stole time. However, it gave us the gift to be present each day with him and he took his final breath surrounded by love.
Our Dad will be missed by many.
He leaves behind the three of us girls, Dianne, Marnie and Tatum; sons-in-law, Rod Sly, Brett Wiley and Steve Spalding; grandsons, Kash (Jordan) and Karson Sly; brother, Tom Marco Jr.; sister-in-law, Maryanne; nieces, Jennifer and Renee; nephew, Gregg; as well as the lovely Joyce Maples, who held a special place in his heart.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Tom Sr. and Kay, as well as his adoring sister Lynda, and brother-in-law Tony Costa.
A celebration of life will be held in June of 2022.
Published by The Statesman Examiner from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2021.