|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1960|
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 2010|
Mark Marley lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, January 19th, at home surrounded by his family. Mark was born on August 18th, 1960, in Crosbyton, Texas.
Mark was raised in Crosbyton and graduated from high school there in 1978.
He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1983.
He married Jennifer Martin in 1985 and they made their home in the Plainview area.
After teaching ag for one year at Kress High School, he went back to his love of the seed industry. He had worked for Crosbyton Seed in high school and college, and then Conlee Seed in the late 1980s. He founded Production Plus Seed Company in 1989 and it grew to be one the largest sorghum sudan producers in the world.
Mark was the definition of an entrepreneur and moved from seed to many successful businesses, including construction, farming and ranching, and stock trading. He was a savvy businessman and a generous supporter of all things agriculture, especially involving the youth, as seen through his support of the local stock shows and buyers club. Another passion was community support in the way of cooking — and in Marley style. He constructed two large grills to cook for the American Cancer Society's Cotton Baron's Ball and Relay for Life. Mark and his "team" have cooked thousands of steaks, burgers and briskets for countless benefits areawide.
Mark served as president of Collegiate FFA and the first president and founding member of Alpha Gamma Rho at Texas Tech University. Additionally, he served as president of the Texas Seed Trade Association for one year and served on the board for many more years. He served on the Dean's Advisory Board for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and in 2011 he was recognized by Texas Tech as the distinguished alumnus by the department of Agricultural Education and Communications.
Mark is survived by his wife Jennifer; sons, Dallas and Zach, and daughter, Jaci, of the home; his brother, Ronnie Marley and his wife, Marian, of Round Rock, Texas, and twin sister, Margot and her husband, Gary Hardin, of Crosbyton.
His parents, Hap and Dorothy Marley; sister, Patricia; and brother, Randy, preceded him in death.
A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at First Baptist Church in Plainview.
Services were under the direction of Bartley Funeral Home.
The family suggests donations be made to Plainview Buyers Club or Plainview FFA Ag Boosters, both in care of Willis McCutcheon, Happy State Bank, 3110 Olton Road, Plainview, TX 79072; or a favorite charity.
Lewis Brint Marley (1913 - 1971)
Dorothy Edwards Marley (1920 - 2005)
Patricia Kay Marley (1944 - 1958)*
Lewis Randal Marley (1958 - 1958)*
Mark Marley (1960 - 2010)
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Jan 22, 2012
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