|Birth: ||Nov. 24, 1907|
|Death: ||Aug. 9, 1996|
Anchorage Daily News August 13, 1996
Jacob Brandt Markley, 88, died Aug. 9, 1996, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after a long, courageous battle with cancer. A service was held at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, downtown. Pastor Paul Birner of Anchorage Lutheran Church, and the Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo 15, officiated. Burial was in the Pioneer Section of the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers included Royace Larson, Robert Weimer, John Frankfourth, Earl Plumb, Joseph Breyer and Ralph Givins. Friends and family were invited to attend a gathering in celebration of Mr. Markley's life following services.
One of 12 children, Mr. Markley was born Nov. 24, 1907, in Bluffton, Ind., to Arthur and Malinda Markley. He moved to Anchorage in July 1935 and pursued his profession as a carpenter. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Markley was well-known throughout Anchorage for his carpentry and was considered an outstanding cabinetmaker. Many Anchorage homes built from the late 1930s through the '70s are testaments to his woodworking skills, a family member said. Mr. Markley was an avid outdoorsman and spent many winters with his wife, Dorothy, trapping beaver, mink and muskrat in the Trinity Lake, Judd Lake and Beluga Lake areas west of Anchorage. He was an avid moose hunter and fisherman. He also learned how to climb trees with his snowshoes on when the moose refused to yield the right-of-way. Mr. Markley also was well-known for his vegetable garden. He always raised enough vegetables to last the entire winter. After the garden had been harvested he would then head for the Susitna flats or up the Susitna River and invariably get his limit of ducks, a teal or two, and several geese. The bird-hunting trips were an annual outdoor adventure that he always shared with his brother, Bill, and several other old-timers. He could tell many a story at the end of the day while sitting around the campfire drinking black coffee or something stronger. Mr. Markley was a member and past president of Igloo 15, Pioneers of Alaska. He was also a 32nd degree member of the Anchorage Masonic Lodge 17. He was a life member of the Carpenters Local 1281 and a life member of the Elks Lodge 1351.
Mr. Markley is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 54 years; his stepson and daughter-in-law, Edward and Vila Johnson of Anchorage; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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