Albert C. Marks
August 20, 1926 – April 26, 2018
Albert Cleveland Marks was born on August 20, 1926, in Kuna, Idaho, to Raymond and Julia Marks. He grew up with his two brothers, Earl and Richard and his older sister, Louise. As the oldest brother, he assumed responsibility for the family after the death of his father while he was still teenager. Upon graduation from Meridian High School in 1944 at 17 years old, Albert entered the Navy for service during World War II. He applied his learning from the Navy to his lifelong occupation in sheet metal work.
Albert married Lois Nellie Wilson, the love of his life, on the snowiest day of the year, January 19, 1962. They spent the next 56 years side by side raising and enjoying their four children and grandchildren at the home they built together in Middleton, Idaho.
Albert demonstrated a lifelong value of hard work, self-sufficiency, and complete devotion to family. He was a craftsman who took pride in his work and loved to hunt and fish. Everything worth doing at all was worth doing right. He had a profound love of God and country. Being a man of few words, he preferred to let his actions speak on his behalf. Those who knew him well enjoyed his dry sense of humor, quiet strength and wisdom. He was never one for complaining or self-pity.
He dedicated his life to his family and made many sacrifices to provide for them, teach them character, protect their innocence, and keep them safe. His children have very fond memories of sitting on his knee listening to Scripture, playing softball, sledding and camping. He took his responsibility as a father with the utmost seriousness, and instructed his children at age 18, “I have taught you the best way I know how. Now you must make your own choices,” and then loved them for who they became even if he didn’t always agree with their decisions. Even when his health began failing, he would light up with smiles instantly when his grandkids walked into the room, smiling with them, and asking them about their activities.
Following a very full life, Albert went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 26, 2018, at the age of 91. He died peacefully at home surrounded by the family who loved him.
A memorial service will be held May 8, 2018, at 11 am at Eagle Christian Church, with burial following at 1 pm at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the Idaho State Veterans Home and St. Luke’s Hospice for their support and care.