Gainesville- Marion L. Clarke, age 77, passed away on April 2, 2013, in North Florida Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
He was born December 22, 1935, in Sioux City, Iowa. In 1958 he received his BA in Education at Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa) and was a high school teacher, Coach and Principal. He then completed his Masters Degree from the University of South Dakota.
In 1970 Marion earned his Ph.D at Texas A&M University in Recreation and Resource Development. He was a Professor at Texas A&M University from 1970-1972.
From 1972-1976 he worked for the National Park Service in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia where he was the Director of the National Park Service Training Institute.
In 1976 he moved to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Window Rock, Arizona, to work for the National Park Service in helping the Bureau of Indian Affairs to better utilize their natural resources.
In 1977 Marion moved to Gainesville to work at the University of Florida, as the Director of Florida Sea Grant and as Professor and Assistant Dean for Marine and Coastal Programs.
Marion was an avid Gator fan and member of the Gator Tip-Off Club. He loved spending summers in his mountain home near Cullowhee, North Carolina and spending time with his 7 grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith Clarke of Gainesville. His sister Doris Riley and mother-in-law both of Gainesville. His daughters Kim Feigum of Gainesville, Teri (Jim) Rooney of Knoxville, TN. His son Kevin (Karen) Clarke of Gainesville and his 7 grandchildren Drew, Jenny, Brooke, Brittany, Weston, Will, and Wyatt.
A celebration of Marion’s Life will be held on Saturday April 6, 2013, at 10am, at Forest Meadows Memorial Park Central (Mausoleum/Chapel in the Meadows) 4100 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606. There will be a reception immediately following at the Clarke residence. Flowers may be sent to Forest Meadows Funeral Home at 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609.