John Forrest Marker, 77, passed away surrounded by friends and family Jan. 15, 2015, at his home in Mount Hood, Ore. John was born Feb. 26, 1937, to Roy A. and Twila A. (Reynolds) Marker in Marienville, Pa.
John graduated with a Bachelor of Science in forestry from Pennsylvania State University. He was married to Mary B. (Cree) in Chambersburg, Pa., on June 13, 1959. John worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 33 years, retiring as director of public affairs in the Pacific Northwest regional office (Region 6), located in Portland, Ore.
John was a member of the board of directors for the Parkdale Fire Department, National Smoke Jumpers Association, National Institute for Elimination of Catastrophic Wildfires, and the National Association of Forest Service Retirees. He also served as board member, Region 6 representative and president of the Pacific Northwest Forest Service Association. John also had special interest for Sentinel Orchards and meteorology.
John is survived by his wife, Mary C. Marker; son Douglas and his wife, Cynthia; son Andrew and his wife, Nicole; daughter Elizabeth; and granddaughter Olivia.
A celebration of John’s life is planned from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Parkdale Fire Department, 4895 Baseline Drive, Mt. Hood, OR 97041.
Memorial contributions can be made in John’s name to the Hood River County Library Foundation (P.O. Box 1582, Hood River, OR 97031) or the FISH Food Bank Building Fund (1767 12th St., #147, Hood River, OR 97031).
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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