Obituary of Samuel Joseph Marks, Lt. Col, USAF, Ret.
Samuel J. Marks, Lt. Col, USAF, Ret., age 87, died in his home in Salisbury, on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Mary Sides Marks; three children Thomas E. Bunch and wife Jeanette of Pauls Valley, OK, Ida R. MacDonald and husband Donald of Georgetown, TX, and Lesa M. Poinsett and husband John of Springfield, VA; and two step-children Cynthia C. Loden-Dowdle and husband John of Alexandria, VA, and Christopher D. Loden and wife Kim of Tyler, TX. He is predeceased by his first wife, Laudine F. Carter Marks. Sam is also the grandfather of twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother James “Jimmy” Marks and his son, Harold Marks, and his wife Barbara
The child of Eastern European immigrants Israel and Ida Teves Marks, Sam was raised in Love Point, MD on Kent Island. By the time he graduated from Stevensville High School, he had acquired the life-long nick name of “Doc,” and was recognized by his fellow classmates as a bit of a mad scientist and an accomplished photographer. He enlisted in the US Air Force in October of 1951. By 1953 he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1957 Sam was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Eglin AFB, FL. Following OCS Sam served as a Weapons Control Officer at Wakkanai AFB, Japan and Naha AB Okinawa, Japan (during the Formosa Straits Crisis of 1958). After a brief assignment State-side, he participated in early air operations of the Vietnam Conflict. Sam returned to the States in 1962 as a Weapons Control Instructor at Keesler AFB, MS. Drafted into the Minuteman Missile Program, he served as a Launch Control Officer at F.E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, WY. He then attended and graduated with a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Wyoming 1968. Upon graduation he was assigned as Minuteman Staff Operations Officer, Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls, MT. His final overseas assignment was as Battle Director for the northeastern portion of Korea, Mangilsan AB. His final military assignment was to Dover AFB, DE as the C5 aircraft Maintenance Quality Control Officer. Sam retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1976 after 25 years of honorable service.
After military retirement Sam attained a Master of Arts degree from Salisbury University in 1979. Afterward he worked in various positions within the Wicomico County system, retiring in 1996 from the position of Supervisor of Assessments.
In his free time Sam was a ham radio enthusiast, enjoyed skeet shooting, and travelling nationally, and internationally. He was also a self-taught information technology specialist providing computer support to family, friends and fellow senior citizens throughout his retirement years. Always a believer in the importance of service, Sam has been a member of the Salisbury Lions Club, the Retired Officers Association, the Amateur Radio Club, and the Salisbury Veterans of Foreign War. He was a Shriner in Boumi Temple and a 50-year member of Centennial Lodge #221, having received the rank of 32nd degree.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Holloway Funeral Home with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Officiating will be Rabbi Arnold Bienstock. Inurnment will follow at a later date at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Boumi Shriners Hospital Fund, 5050 King Avenue, Baltimore MD 21237 or Coastal Hospice, “We Honor Veterans” program, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.
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