Thornton Jay ‘T.J.’ Marker
Private burial services will take place at Santa Barbara Cemetery in Santa Barbara for seven-year Bishop resident Thornton Jay “T.J.” Marker.
Born in Long Beach on Sept. 4, 1922, T.J. died Sept. 6, 2010 at Northern Inyo Hospital from complications of diabetes. He was 88.
T.J. was a former, 20-year Santa Barbara resident. He served in the Navy during World War II. He sang with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians and Robert Shaw Chorale. T.J. was a radio salesman and reporter for many years in Santa Barbara. Upon retirement, he served as a host at June Mountain, and lived in June Lake for 17 years. He loved working with the public for the U.S. Forest Service in Lee Vining and Bishop. T.J. concluded his Forest Service tours by singing the song “Trees,” which deeply moved his audiences.
T.J. is survived by his wife, Constance M. Marker of Bishop; son, Robert F, Marker of Salt Lake City; four stepchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and many cousins.
Donations in memory of T.J. may be made to ICARE, P.O. Box 76, Bishop, CA 93515, or Hospice of the Owens Valley, 155 Pioneer Ln., Bishop, CA 93414.