September 5, 1951 – April 2, 2021
David F. Marker, age 69, Beavercreek (formerly of Eaton), peacefully ascended to a whole new life on Good Friday, April 2, 2021. At his side was the love of his life, Tina (Christine Duggins), whom he married 28 years ago at a beautiful fall wedding at Fort St. Clair in Eaton, Ohio.
He was born in Dayton and one of nine children of the former Ralph T. and Josephine B. Marker. He was preceded in death by his younger brother and close friend, Patrick; mother-in-law, Doris Duggins; and brother-in-law, Timothy Duggins.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his beloved furbaby dog rescues, Pasha and Barnaby. Best friend and brother, Brian Marker, and sister/sis-in-law, Rebecca (Duggins) Marker, Eaton. Brother-in-law, Chris Duggins, Eaton. Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Maurice and JoAnn Duggins, Waynesfield, Ohio. Three special sons whom he loved dearly: Ryan Nolan; Kyle Nolan; and Jason Nolan all of Eaton. Grandsons: Cameron Rader-Nolan, Huber Heights, and Izaak Nolan, Vandalia. Great-grandson, Kailen Rader, Fairborn. Lifetime friend, Gary Roof, San Francisco, CA.
David was a man who will be remembered by all for his passionate heart, romance for life and Tina, brilliance, and love of people. His laughter, wit, and huge smile easily lit up any friend-filled room. No challenge was ever too large for him to master. His most interesting career path led him to graduation from Brunnerdale Seminary in Canton, Ohio, Navy seaman; executive roles at Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority; registered nurse (cardiac/telemetry) at Miami Valley Hospital; and executive roles at Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc. He held two degrees from Wright State University: Bachelor of Environmental Health and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He completed work as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
When crack-cocaine first invaded the Dayton region in the 80s, David was instrumental in developing the nation’s first criminal trespass program for public housing properties. While at Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority, he worked tireless days and nights beside the Dayton Police Department. David approached local courts for waivers. He received approvals to execute the program that has gone on to help protect thousands of innocent public housing families and children from the impact of illegal drugs. He received a Citizen Commendation from DPD and became an invited national presenter/trainer on the program’s mechanics and merits for housing authorities across the US.
In his role at Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc., David was a medical and executive advocate for impoverished children and their families. He testified before Congress several times for the betterment of programming and enhanced funding for Miami Valley’s five-county Head Start program.
David was a pilot, avid gardener, sci-fi author, wanna-be farmer, blue water and beach lover, and skilled sailor. He had a zest for travel and visited many parts of the world and US. His love for music included playing the flute and 12-string guitar with genres ranging from classical to rock.
David fought a long and valiant seven-year fight against Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease. He selflessly participated in several clinical research trials at Ohio State Medical Center in hopes to find a cure against the rare and brutal wrath of EOAD.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to the special pets awaiting their “furever homes” at the Humane Society of Preble County, the 2021 Walk for Alzheimer’s Awareness in Dayton, or Ohio Hospice of Dayton.
Arrangements are being handled by Tobias Funeral Home, Beavercreek Chapel. A Celebration of Life is being planned by the family at a later date.
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April 7, 2021
I was one of Dave's many high school classmates. As a young man he loved fun and adventure; he played sports with great energy.
I respected him for speaking his mind clearly and for being concerned about social issues of the time. --Jim Saluke, Dayton
April 6, 2021
David was a quiet but exuberant man with the greatest smile ever! A husband with great love for his wife and co-pilot, Tina. Yes, I said co-pilot, they continually soared at whatever they did. Just a GREAT couple. It’s because of his love for Tina, and always being there to support her in anything she did that I had the opportunity to get to know David. Their impact on my life has been life changing.
April 6, 2021
David. Was a very special person.. When we worked together we would argue a lot, but not about goals only how to get there.
David was smart, passionate and a good friend. I extend my condolences to Tina and the rest of the family and may you RIP, David. You will be missed.
April 6, 2021
Hi Tina, I am so sorry for you and your family that David has passed away. I ran into Terri Frey and she told me that he had Alzheimers.
I know how hard it is to be a caregiver and I know you took great care of him. I have great memories with you two at DMHA and at a Halloween party we had(enough said). I will be thinking of you Tina.
April 5, 2021
David, I was blown away when I heard you died, I can't quite wrap my head around it. Memories are running through my mind, watching your commercials for Concord City with mom and dad, Tom, Tim, Pat, Jeannie, Mary, Brian and Michael laughing, they were so proud of you. Reggie loved it when you and Tina let him captain the boat. Good times on the beach when you came to Florida. Things happen over time and don't get resolved in this life but will in the next. You are safe with mom and dad, Pat, Nindy, Bate, mom and papa. Whether you knew it or not you were dearly loved, until we meet again, love your sister Cathy
April 5, 2021
Jesse and I will always remember David and all the Markers on “Dances with the Wind” on Brookville Lake. They had so much fun sailing away! We boat owners with engines to move through the waters, instead of sails thought it was less work than what they went through.
We loved to pull them out of the mud when they were stuck. David and Tina were happy to be free and Dance With the Wind.!
David always offered advice to me when asked, loved our conversations. Hugs to you Tina!!
April 5, 2021
David, I was blown away when I heard you died. Still can't quite wrap my head around it. Memories run through my mind, watching and laughing at your commercials for Concord City with mom and dad, Tom, Tim, Pat,Jeannie, Mary ,Brian and Michael. They were so proud of you. Reggie loved it when you and Tina let him be the captain on the boat. Good times on the beach when you came to Florida. Things happen over time and relationships seem to fade but all those things will be worked out in the fullness of time. Now you are with mom and dad, Pat, Nindy and Bate and mom and papa where nothing will hurt you. Whether you knew or not, you were loved dearly, until we meet again your loving sister, Cathy
April 5, 2021
My sweet friend Tina, whom he loved so much: So sad to read this. The obituary gave many exampes of him as the most amazing, giving, accomplished man! What a wonderful memorial to him, so many things about him, I had no idea. Did know of loving your dogs so much. I have amazing, fun memories of teaching horseback riding to you and much more about friendship in our horsie playing at our nighttime lesson rides! David can find Sur around the rainbow bridge - he passed 10 years ago, lived till 33! I hold you in my prayer in your aching heart and may God bless you. He has also blessed David, it seems. What an honor to pass on Good Friday. I care so much about your pain, Tina, please contact me if you have a yearning for horse time or friend time. much love, Patti C.
April 5, 2021
I’ll always remember David as I knew him, aboard the Dances with Wolves on Brookville Lake. We all had great times. I think of the lake often and have held you and David in my thoughts and prayers. For David, May angels sing thee to thy rest.💕