Mr. Jean A. Markes, 79, of Kingsland died after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. He passed away in the early morning hours of Jan. 23, 2018, at Addington Place in Brunswick. Dad lived in Ojai, Calif., for 41 years prior to coming to Kingsland in 2014.
He was born Sept. 29, 1938, in Malone, N.Y., to the late Madill Markes and Albertine La Haie. He grew up poor as an only child in a cold-water flat in upper-state New York. He was a Navy veteran of 11 years serving in the Seabees as an electrician and teaching nuclear power school. His service included a tour at Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. He was an employee of Southern California Edison and retired from there with many friends that knew him as “Badger.” In retirement, he spent his days on walks around his previous home on Burnham Road in Ojai or at the beach in Ventura.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Darlene Markes, and daughters, Laurie Markes and Belinda Markes.
Mr. Markes is survived by sons, John D. Markes of Kingsland and Jamie Markes of Red Bluff, Calif.; daughter, Carissa Markes of Weed, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at Addington Place and Heartland Hospice for the excellent level of care they provided their father. They also want to thank the kind and caring staff at Magnolia Manor in St. Marys, where he lived for his first three years after moving from Ojai.
His inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.