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Joseph F. Marks

February 19, 1951 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Joseph Marks Obituary

Joseph F. Marks, known affectionately as Joe, Joe Mama, Santa Joe, and Mayor of Columbia,  to his family and friends, passed away on January 31, 2024, at the age of 72. Born on February 19, 1951, in Washington, D.C., Joe's life was marked by his unwavering dedication to his family, his work, and his community. He departed this world in Baltimore, MD, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and the joy of the Christmas spirit.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara, and their children: Sean and his wife Kelly, Mary and her husband Matt. He was predeceased by his son Michael.  He was a proud grandfather to Rowan, Declan, Liam, Owen, and Eleanor. His life was further enriched by the companionship of his siblings James, John, and Patti. Joe was preceded in death by two siblings, Jerry and GiniAnn.  His extended family of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews will fondly remember their Uncle Joe for his playful spirit and his creative use of language.

Joe was a proud alumnus of St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., and he carried the values of his education with him when he pursued further studies at St. Mary's College in Dodge City, Kansas. 

Professionally, Joe was the owner of Marks Bros Painting, a business that not only painted homes but also colored the lives of those around him with integrity and a strong work ethic. He was known in his community as Santa Claus, a role he embraced with a twinkle in his eye and a hearty "Ho, ho, ho!" that could warm even the coldest winter day. His jolly demeanor made him a beloved figure, especially during the holiday season.

Joe's passion for sports was evident to all who knew him. He spent countless hours on the sidelines, coaching football and cheering on the various sports teams of his children. His presence at games was a source of encouragement and pride, and his children knew they could always look up to find their dad watching, full of support.

Joe's life was a reflection of the values he held dear: family, hard work, faith, and community. He was a man who built a life on the foundation of love and laughter, and his absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Joseph F. Marks was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. His legacy will live on through the stories shared, the lives he touched, and the memories cherished by all who were lucky enough to be a part of his journey. Joe's laughter may have fallen silent, but the echoes of his vibrant spirit will resonate for years to come. Rest in peace, Joe. You will be missed, until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please omit flowers. Interment will be private at a later date.

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Memorial Visitation
February 5, 2024

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Harry H Witzke Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Memorial Visitation
February 5, 2024

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry H Witzke Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Memorial Mass
February 6, 2024

10:00 AM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
4795 Ilchester Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21043


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20009-8018
Tel: 1-888-557-7177


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