David William Marks, Jr.

David William Marks, Jr., 90, died on Thursday, December 19, 2019, in Edmonds Washington.  He was born in Albany, Oregon, to David William Marks, Sr. and Alberta Louessa Bird Marks.

David graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon, and then attended Portland University.  He married his high school sweetheart, Joan Lois Ottersen.  They moved to Seattle, Washington, where their daughter Marilyn Ann was born.  Three sons followed, Philip David, Dan Loren, and Michael Eric.

David was a successful business man and started two companies, Marks and Thomas Wholesale in Seattle and DF Marks in Redmond.  He loved his family, the outdoors, traveling with Joan, fishing, hunting, and music.  He was very involved with Boy Scouts and led many 50 mile hikes throughout the Cascades and the Olympics.  He received the PTA Golden Acorn award for his work in the community and the Boy Scouts.  He was a member of Active Club.  He was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Shoreline, Washington, where he served on the building committee.

David is survived by his wife Joan, his children and their spouses, Marilyn Ann Marks Feeney and husband Mike of Lewiston, Idaho, Philip David Marks and wife Suzanne of Issaquah, Washington, Dan Loren Marks and wife Kelly of Belfair, Washington, and Michael Eric Marks and wife Katherine Burnett of Spokane, Washington.  He is also survived by six grandchildren and their spouses, Lauren and husband Mike of Lynnwood, Washington, John and wife Becca of Austin, Texas, Jeff of London, England, Laura and husband Sean of Snoqualmie, Washington, Ben of Spokane, Washington, and Raeanne of Seattle, Washington and one great grandchild Maizie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David Sr. and Alberta Marks, his brother Frank Albert Marks, and his nephew David John Marks.

Memorial Service for David William Marks Jr
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Edmonds Lutheran Church
23525 84th Ave. W
Edmonds, WA. 98026

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to:

Community Action Food Bank
124 New 6th St
Lewiston, ID. 83501


3 Responses to “David William Marks, Jr.”

  • Jim Holm says:

    To a wonderful Marks’ family of the gardening industry I was saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He is in a better place now for sure. Dave Sr.,Jr. and Frank were such great mentors,suppliers and friends to me and our family business since the early 60’s. Please accept my condolences and warm regards.
    God Bless all of you and keep you safe.

    Jim and Marcia Holm

  • Tina Scoccolo says:

    I am indebted to Bill for offering his time and expertise to tutor a young and woefully ignorant gal just starting a new landscape business 35 years ago. For this and so many other reasons, his legacy lives on. Tina Scoccolo, Terra Dynamics

  • Jody ( Wuest ) Armstrong says:

    Joan, Marilyn, Phil, Dan, Mike and family members,
    We were so sad to read of Dave’s passing, but, know he had a long, full life. Spent with people who loved and respected him. He was a wonderful person and a great neighbor, and we’ve spent the past several days re-living some of the memories we shared as your neighbors for more years than we can count!
    Of particular note was the image of Dave repeatedly having to remove the Berglunds’ cat from your house and roof! (I think the cat really liked Dave – but the affection wasn’t reciprocated!!) I had hoped to bring my mom and Al to the memorial today, but we were unable to attend. Know that we were there in our hearts. My mom, Betty, would like to reach out to Joan. Is there a way for us to put them in touch?
    Please let me know, and I can help facilitate the connection. In the meantime – You are all in our hearts and with our sincere condolences.
    Jody (Wuest) Armstrong
    email: jodykarm at aol.com

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