Thomas Stanley Marier, 88, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 13, 2013 with loving family by his side. He fought a long valiant battle against Lewy Body Dementia. Tom was born the fourth of six children to Albany and Blanche Marier April 15, 1925 in Spokane, Wash.
He loved sports and played baseball throughout his childhood. He earned 4-year letters in baseball and football at John R. Rogers High School in Spokane. Tom was a star pitcher and third baseman as well as an All-State Quarterback. He graduated in 1943 followed by enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married his high school sweetheart, Dolores (Dee) Ware, April 10, 1944. Their loving marriage produced two sons and a daughter.
Immediately following their wedding, Tom left to board his troop transport to serve in the Pacific. After serving in World War II for two and one half years, he attended Washington State College, (now WSU) earning a degree in Physical Education with a minor in English. Tom played varsity football and baseball for four years at WSU, excelling as a third baseman. Upon graduation, Tom was signed to play professional baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies Triple A teams in Indiana, Delaware, New York, and Tri-Cities, Wash. A back injury ended his baseball career in 1951. Tom's first teaching and coaching job was at Prosser High School in Washington.
In 1957, Tom received a phone call from Fred Spiegelberg offering him a coaching-teaching position at Medford High School. From 1957 to 1991 he taught English, Drivers Education and coached football, basketball and for a short time baseball at Medford High School. Tom was proud to be a part of Medford's three-sport State Championship teams in 1961. After retiring from teaching in 1991, he continued to coach. His coaching career spanned 43 years. During this time, the OSAA honored him with the J.V. Basketball Coach of the year award. Tom's children all attended Medford High School. In his free time Tom enjoyed regular golf games with dear friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother. He is survived by his wife, Dee, of 70 years; two sons, Tom Jr. ofSan Clemente, Calif. and Terry of Medford, Ore.; his daughter, Jaci and loving son-in-law, Jeffrey, Evans of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Jennifer, Kaitlyn, and Madilyn Evans of Portland, Ore., Sara Marier of Medford, Ore., and Nicholas Marier of Phoenix, Ariz.; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many treasured friends. He will be dearly missed and has left us all with wonderful memories.
A family and close friend grave side service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford, OR. A celebration of his life will be held after the holidays at North Medford High School Gym at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2013. All are invited to attend. Donations in his memory may be made to the Tom Marier Scholarship fund at www.coachtommarier.com.