Fred M. (Dick) Marks passed away on June 11, 2018 at the age of 101. He was born in the District of Columbia on November 29, 1916. At the age of 4 his family moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma where he lived until he left home to attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, College of Engineering, Class of 1936. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity where he ran the nightly study hall. He attended St. John’s Episcopal Church. After graduation he went to work for Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It wasn’t long before he left Oklahoma for a position with the Civil Aeronautics Administration (Federal Aviation Agency) in California. He became Chief of the Air Traffic Control Center in the San Francisco Bay Area and subsequently Chief of the Air Traffic Control Center in Los Angeles, CA. In the late 1960’s he returned to his beloved Oklahoma as Chief of Air Traffic Control Training in Oklahoma City, OK. In 2015, he moved to McKinney, TX to be near his family. While in California he met and married Evelyn Sarah Steffner. They raised two daughters, Virginia Hines of Frisco, TX and Mary Jane Miner, also of Frisco, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Ruby Marks, his sister Mary Jane Sherman, his wife Evelyn Sarah Steffner Marks, his son-in-law Oscarjo Hines, and his second wife Beverley Small Marks. He is survived by his two daughters Virginia and Mary Jane, five grandchildren Timothy Hines of Frisco, TX, Oscar Joe Hines, M.D. of Encino, CA, Sarah Welbourne of Frisco, TX, David Koepp of Plano, TX, Matthew Koepp of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and nine great-grandchildren McKenzie, Taylor, Grant, Avery, Madison, Colin, Evelyn, Ian and Andy. In 2001, Dick was awarded the United Way of Norman Volunteer of the Year Award. He was a tireless worker at St. John’s. He cooked pounds of bacon for the Men’s Breakfasts, for years was Junior Warden and Senior Warden. Dick, regularly visited three nursing homes in Norman bringing the residents a church service, entertainment, and snacks. He cooked for Food for Friends. His lunch of spaghetti, salad and garlic bread became a favorite and for years he served hundreds of people. He was an avid fan of OU sports, especially football. For years he had season football tickets and has never missed seeing a game either in person or on television. He was well known for his love of music. He played the piano for years and took a weekly piano lesson until he was 100. In Norman he took weekly piano lessons from the same teacher for over thirty years. In his 90’s he took up the organ and became a very proficient player. He entertained many with his recitals and practice sessions. His second love was golf. He was a member of the Chip In Club at OU. He played golf on many courses among them St. Andrews, Scotland and Pebble Beach, California. He attended The Masters Tournament yearly. He enjoyed gardening and reading. He had a servant heart and was cherished by so many. He was the foundation and strength of his family.
The memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy, Norman, OK 73069. Online condolences may be made at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy, Norman, OK 73069.