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David "Dave" Earl Marks

September 16, 1943 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

David "Dave" Marks Obituary

David "Dave" Earl Marks passed away peacefully at his home in Prineville on January 1st, 2024 at the age of 80, after a long and hard-fought battle with a brain tumor.

 

Dave was born at Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon on September 16,1943 to Seth and Cora Marks. He was the third of five children and grew up in the Hollywood District of Portland.

 

He graduated from Benson Poly-technical School in 1961. He worked at Earl Marks Co., his uncle's auto parts store, for several years. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1962 and served five years as a reserve member and was a sergeant when he left the service.

 

In 1964, Dave married his high school sweetheart, Marion Mattson, and they had three children together; Dennis, Sonja and Heidi. Dave loved being outdoors, so as a family, they enjoyed many activities together; hunting, fishing, scuba diving, hiking, camping, photography, bicycling, golfing and gardening.

 

He joined the Cedar Mill Fire Department in 1967 as a volunteer and became a full time firefighter in 1968. The department merged into Washington County Fire District #1 and  later into Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. He was part of TVF&R's dive rescue team. He retired after 25 years of service as a Lieutenant and continued teaching rope rescue for the department for a year or two after his retirement. In 1992 he was given the chance to go to Saudi Arabia and teach rescue techniques to Saudi first responders. He greatly enjoyed the opportunity and the cultural experience. In September of 2023, at Dave's 80th birthday party, TVF&R honored him with a Chief's Commendation for his dedicated service and his part in saving another firefighter's life.

 

In 1975, Dave and Marion moved their family to a farm south of Gaston which gave Dave the chance to enjoy living in the country, farming, raising animals, and perpetually cutting large quantities of firewood.

 

After retirement, Dave and Marion sold their Gaston area farm and lived in RVs for the next 15 years, driving all over the United States with winter quarters in Southern California. They got to reconnect with many distant relatives and family connections and got to know many people that became long term friends. During this time they also purchased property in Crooked River Ranch and developed a love for Central Oregon and its climate.

 

Dave and Marion were active members in their churches. They worked together with youth groups, including helping lead several back-pack and bicycling trips with teenagers. Dave taught a number of Sunday School classes, helped lead singing, was an elder, and was always available to help anyone in need.

 

In autumn of 2020, Dave was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was told he would likely only have a few months to live. After undergoing surgery, and selling their property and RV, Dave and Marion purchased a house in Prineville in 2021. By the grace of God, Dave was granted several years beyond his original life expectancy, retaining his personality and conversing with family and friends throughout his battle.

 

Dave is preceded in death by his parents, Seth and Cora Marks; by his older brother, Alvin Marks; by his youngest sister, Dolores Kastine; and by two nephews.

 

He is survived by his loving wife, Marion, his three children and their spouses, Dennis and Carolyn Marks, Sonja and Keith Knight, Heidi and Steve Belinsky; 17 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lois (Raleigh) Bennet and Donna (John) Kreutz, and several nieces and nephews.

 

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Services

Memorial Service
Sunday
January 21, 2024

1:00 PM
Prineville Bible Church @ Ochoco Crossing Gym
440 NW Madras Hwy
Prineville, OR 97754

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