Jan. 3, 1960 – June 5, 2014
Big Horn Basin resident Marcus Keele Heath, 54, died on June 5, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sheridan.
Marcus was born on Jan. 3, 1960, in Lovell, a son of Ima May (Keele) and Donald Ericksen Heath. He lived in Lovell for a short time then moved to Worland, where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Worland High School in 1979.
He entered the U.S. Marine Corps on May 25, 1979, and served in California until his discharge in May 1983. He then returned to Worland, where he took over his father’s mink and fox farm northwest of town.
He met Lorie M. Morley in Worland and they were married on May 3, 1985, in Worland. He ran the fur farm for a few years before going to work for LK Trucking Co., and then working at the Crown Cork and Seal can plant in Worland for 20 years.
Marcus next worked for Nelson Bros. Coal Mine in Gillette, then returned to the Big Horn Basin and worked for Keele Sanitation in Lovell, and finally did odd jobs to stay busy in Basin and Greybull.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association and had been a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had also been a member of the Washakie County Search and Rescue Squad for a couple of years.
A person who loved the outdoors, he hunted, fished, panned for gold and attended many Mountain Man Rendezvous events. He liked making leather craft items and to make his own hunting knives.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Marcus is survived by his wife, Lorie, of Basin, his son Brandon (Dinah) Heath and their children Drayvon Heath and Ima Heath, all of Cody, and by his daughter Trista Heath and her children Teagon and Zaydin Willman, of Magalia, Calif. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in the Big Horn Basin area.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 12, at 2 p.m., at the Basin/Greybull LDS Church. A reception will follow the service. Veile Mortuary of Worland is in charge of the arrangements.
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