Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Marcus K. Heath will be held today (Thursday, June 12) at 2 p.m. at the Basin/Greybull LDS Church. Marcus, 54, died June 6 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sheridan.
He was born Jan. 3, 1960, in Lovell, the son of Donald Ericksen and Ima May Keele Heath. The family moved to Worland where he was raised. He graduated from Worland High School in 1979.
Marcus enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on May 25, 1979, and served in California until his discharge in May 1983. He returned to Worland and took over his father’s mink and fox farm northwest of town.
He married Lorie M. Morley May 3, 1985, in Worland.
After running the fur farm a few years, he went to work for LK Trucking Co., worked for Crown Cork and Seal in Worland for 20 years and then moved to Gillette where he worked for Nelson Bros. Coal Mine. He returned to the Big Horn Basin and worked for Keele Sanitation at Lovell. He ended his working career doing odd jobs in Basin and Greybull.
Marcus was a member of the National Rifle Association, Washakie County Search and Rescue for several years and a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Marcus loved the outdoors. He hunted, fished, panned for gold, attended Mountain Man Rendezous, made his own hunting knives and also made leather craft items.
His parents preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Lorie of Basin; son and daughter-in-law Brandon and Dinah Heath of Cody; daughter Trista Heath of Magalia, Calif., and four grandchildren.
A reception for family and friends will be held following the service.