2019-02-09 / Obituaries

James ‘Jim’ Marks


James “Jim” Marks James “Jim” Marks Former Mackinac Island police chief, James Marks, age 68, of Roscommon, passed away December 5, 2018.

He was born June 16, 1950 in Detroit to Harold and Audrey (nee Maxwell) Marks and was graduated from Northville High School in 1968. He married Nancy Koons April 12, 1985.

Mr. Marks began his career as a police officer with the Northville City Police Department and retired as a sergeant after 25 years. He then served as police chief on Mackinac Island for seven years. He later worked as the resource officer at Collins Elementary in Roscommon, where he was popular with the children, and most recently worked for the Markey Township Fire Department as an emergency medical technician.

Mr. Marks was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Roscommon and a member of the Markey Township Firefighter/EMT Association.

He was a woodworker who crafted end tables, benches, cutting boards, jewelry hangers, and shelves, which he often gave to family and friends as gifts. He enjoyed travelling and going to the casino. He had many animals over the years, a favorite being a black lab named Midnight. His current pet was a rescue dog from St. Ignace named Magnum.

Mr. Marks is survived by his wife of 33 years, Nancy; his son, Robert Marks; step-children Brian and Maggie Andrews, Deanna and Rick Perfetto, Julie and Mark Smith, and Katrina Raymor; 11 grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren.

The funeral was held at Casterline Funeral Home in Northville December 17, 2018, with the Reverend Douglas Vernon from First United Methodist Church of Northville officiating. Burial was at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.

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