PALM DESERT, CA. - Marlin Ross Starkey, 75, passed away quietly on December 10, 2013, in Palm Desert, California, with his wife Sarah at his side.
Marlin lived an adventurous and full life. He excelled as a young boy in school, earning awards and accolades in academics and sports, and also came to love his involvement in FFA. This love for farming continued throughout his lifetime as he raised farm animals and grew his enormous gardens.
Marlin married the former Nancy Lee Rogers on February 7,1957 and they raised five children together, ultimately moving to Michigan's Upper Peninsula where he worked in computer programming at Northern Michigan University and fully embraced the "Yooper" way of life. This included but was not limited to taking sauna's, attending "Iron Ranger" hockey games, eating pasty's, wearing his "swamper's" to the barn, and making his famous "Mojakka" soup! His love of snowmobiling led him to join several snowmobiling clubs including the "Pathfinders", which took him across the United States!
Marlin joined the United States Army Reserves during the early part of his first marriage. He was very proud of the training he received and his family can attest that he maintained a staunch pro-military viewpoint his entire life.
Marlin later married his childhood sweetheart, Sarah Jane Cooper, and they lived out their golden years together, eventually moving the Southern California area to be near several of their children.
Marlin was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2007 and lost his battle with this debilitating illness this past December.
He is survived by his wife Sarah, his five children, Robin, Rhonda, Marlin F., Ross and Rebecca, as well as his four step-children, Lloyd, Linda, Vicky and Bill, two brothers, Chuck Starkey and David Ozga, one sister, Devona Ozga, one very special aunt who raised him as a son, Mrs. Darline Babb, an Uncle, Harlan Babb, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, too numerous to mention.
Marlin was preceded in death by his parents, Marlin L. Starkey and Louise Ashbaugh Ozga, 1 brother, Edward Carl Starkey, 2 sisters, Janice and Sharon Starkey, as well as his first wife, Nancy.
A memorial service and burial will be held at the cemetery in Reading, Michigan on June 7 at 11 am.
Marlin was loved as deeply as he loved his family, but more than love, he was a fiercely proud father, husband, son, grandfather, and patriot to the core. To sum up his life in just a few short sentences cannot be done, but to all who knew him, we will miss the great force he was to be reckoned with....
The family wishes that if you are so moved to, to please donate to the Alzheimer's Association nearest you.