Details for Dennis Marquis
Dennis Charles Marquis passed away on August 18, 2019 in Ocala, after a series of health challenges. Dennis lived a life of richness in family, friends, professional accomplishments, and travel. Dennis was born in Lima, Ohio, spending his childhood in Ohio, Michigan, California, and Florida before graduating from Lima High School. Dennis attended Stetson University, majoring in physics, and it is there that he fell head over heels for June-Alyce Harrington. They married in 1956, moving to the "Space Coast" of Florida in 1960 where Dennis worked in advanced optics and infrared in support of the U.S. space program. In 1968, Dennis, June, and their four daughters moved to outside of Washington, DC, and then twice lived in Den Haag, Netherlands where Dennis served as the Director of NATO's SHAPE Technical Centre. Dennis and June were married for 57 years. They traveled throughout the world from their early years together and were loving parents to the four girls whether in Florida, Virginia, the Netherlands or their home-away from home in Chatham, MA. Wherever he lived, Dennis was known as a "car nut," working in his white t-shirt underneath their latest Oldsmobile, driving his Toyota Supra across Europe, watching NASCAR with young daughters on his knees, and reading car magazines in his last home in The Villages. In his 7 years living in The Villages, Dennis enjoyed golf, Trivia Night, and many good friends including his beloved partner Joan Spires. Dennis's life is celebrated by his daughters Susan Marquis, Carol Auerbach, Jill Milliken, and Lisa Marquis, grandchildren Kevin, Cate, Emily, Alex, and Jack, sons-in-law Chris, Craig, and Sean, daughter-in-law Merryll, and his brothers Thomas and David and his partner Joan. Dennis's family and friends will celebrate his life on Saturday, October 12, 2019 11:AM at First United Methodist Church, 110 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, Florida http://www.firstchurchmelbourne.org/. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Hospice of Marion County or to Christ Church Alexandria Arrangements entrusted with HIERS-BAXLEY Funeral & Cremation Life Event Center, 3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, FL 32162. Sentiments may be left online at www.hiers-baxley.com.