Our much loved husband, father, pastor and friend, Daniel Dee Marks, passed away Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Dan was born Nov. 15, 1952, in Exeter, Calif., the first child of Joan and Chester Marks. He and his younger sister, Debi, grew up in Lindsay, Calif., where Dan graduated from Lindsay High School in 1970, enjoying the wonderful San Joaquin Valley. Dan attended the College of the Sequoias before moving to Los Angeles with a group of friends in a rock-and-roll band. Sensing the true need in his life, while alone in a city park in Culver City, Calif., Dan put his trust in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and his life was never the same. From that point forward, Dan began singing and playing for Jesus.
Dan met his wife, Ollie, in 1976 and they were married on April 8, 1978. They spent their honeymoon at the "happiest place on earth," Disneyland. Dan worked at Allied Records as a Quality Control Engineer until accepting a position as worship leader at Calvary Chapel of Downey in 1981.
Dan and Ollie were blessed with the birth of a son, Stephen Daniel, on Sept. 8, 1987. Stephen quickly became the apple of Dan's eye, which was obvious through the very close and special relationship they had throughout the years. Whether watching baseball or playing guitar together, their bond was exceptional.
Dan loved music all his life and he was always working on some new song. The most important passion of his life was to share the Good News of Jesus to all, to love his family, and to use his gifting to create worship music. Dan and Ollie both worked at Calvary Chapel until March 2001, when Dan felt led of the Lord to accept an invitation to join the staff of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Dan and Ollie made many wonderful friends in Idaho and visited California often to be with family and friends, and on Aug. 13, 2011, he and Ollie were thrilled to see Stephen propose to his fiancee, April Mason.
On Aug. 23, 2011, Dan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and went to be with Jesus in the early hours of Sept. 30 with his family by his side. Dan's faith in Jesus carried him through his final days with courage and grace and complete confidence in God's will for his life.
Dan is survived by his wife, Ollie of Twin Falls, Idaho; his son, Stephen of Twin Falls, Idaho; his mother and father, Chester and Joan Marks of Exeter, Calif.; his sister, Debi Clevenger of Springville, Calif.; his mother-in-law, Frances Karavedas of Downey, Calif.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Nick and Joy Karavedas of Pasadena, Calif,; and his nieces and nephews, April Winney of Los Angeles, Calif., Peter Karavedas and his wife, Erin Karavedas of Glendora, Calif., Ashley Karavedas of Pasadena, Calif., and Joseph Karavedas of Pasadena, Calif. Dan was preceded in death by his dear sister-in-law, Angela Karavedas in March of this year.