Joseph Kenneth Marks
November 4, 1921-May 10, 2009
On May 10th, 2009 my Grandpa was relieved of his physical ailments and returned to our Heavenly Father. It's a very bitter sweet loss. I am selfishly sad to not have my grandpa with me in this life, but I am so so happy for him to be done with this part of life, and healthy again and back with his parents and daughter.
My mom's family was so blessed to have been able to have all six kids and my grandma by his side for his last moments on this earth.
I'm so glad I'm blessed with such a wonderful boss and company to have been able to take time off to go to Salt Lake to be with my family. Even though it was an occasion of mourning, it was so wonderful to be able to spend time with my grandma, immediate family, and extended family I rarely get to see. It was so fun to talk about the fun times with Grandpa. Of course there were so many stories, as Grandpa was so involved in all of our lives, and such a character. Being a retired AA pilot he and my grandma were able to do a lot of traveling, and made it to all the important occasions (and then some) in our lives. All my friends growing up knew Grandpa Joe, and loved him.
I was also lucky to be only a short 3 hour drive from my grandparents' house while I was in college. It was so nice to be able to pop in on my frequent trips to Utah, and have my grandparents all to myself.
Anyone who's ever spent any time with my grandpa will describe him as being happy, and always laughing. Even despite the trial of his stroke twelve years ago, he never complained, and was always content to just be with his family. I will always cherish the times I was able to sit and watch Law & Order with him in his family room.
Everyone loves you Grandpa, we'll miss you, but we know you're watching over us and smiling.
Typical Grandpa being a goofball.
This was one night I was staying in Salt Lake before heading back to Rexburg and went to dinner with Grandma and Grandpa. I thought his hat was so cute.
Grandpa on his 86th birthday.
Such a perfect couple that I admire so much.
My last time with Grandpa, Christmas 2008.
As I mentioned, it was so fun to spend time with my extended family. I always have so much fun when I get to spend time with my aunt Kate, and cousins Trish, Brooke, and Kim.
Kim, Trish, Brooke, and me, doing Grandpa's famous rabbit ears pose.