Marc Ricks
-- 1910 ~ 2011 --

Marc Ricks passed away peacefully in Provo, Utah, on January 2, 2011, at the age of 100. He was born on September 9, 1910, in Rexburg, Idaho, the second of nine children of Hyrum Ricks and Alice Cheney Ricks. He married Jane Merrell Jones in the Salt Lake Temple on October 30, 1936. He was married for sixty-nine years before the passing of his wife on December 3, 2005. He is survived by his daughter Susan (Calvin) Baker of McCook, Nebraska; sons Bruce Marc Ricks (Susan) of Fruita, Colorado; Paul Grant Ricks (Linda) of Fremont, California; and Stephen David Ricks (Shirley) of Provo, Utah. He is also survived by his brothers Artel, Welby, and Clyde Ricks, and his sister Norma Durfey. His daughter Kathleen Western preceded him in death. In addition to his five children, he had 31 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Marc Ricks practiced medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area for thirty-five years before retiring to Provo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from University of California, Davis; a PhD in agricultural chemistry from University of California, Berkeley; and a medical degree from University of California, San Francisco. After completing his medical degree he served as a captain in the US Army Medical Corps during World War II. After the war Dr. Ricks set up a medical practice in Berkeley, California.

Marc dedicated his life to service. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–Day Saints. As a young man he served a mission in France and Switzerland. When he retired he served a mission with his wife at the Washington DC Temple Visitors Center. His church callings included bishop of the University Ward at UC Berkeley, high councilor in the Oakland-Berkeley Stake, and temple worker in the Provo Utah Temple. Marc was also a dedicated scouter. In his youth he earned the rank of Eagle. As an adult he spent many summers as the camp doctor at the Wolfeboro Boy Scout camp. He was honored for his service when he received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Marc had a variety of hobbies, including fishing and hunting. Like his father before him, he enjoyed spending time working on inventions. He held two registered patents.

A funeral service for Marc Ricks will be held at the Edgemont South Stake building located at 2950 North Canyon Road, Provo, Utah, at 11 am on Wednesday, January 12, 2011. Friends may call from 9 to 11 am in the Relief Society room prior to the service. Interment will be at the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery.

The Ricks family would like to thank the caregivers at Courtyard at Jamestown Assisted Living Center and Vista Care Hospice who helped Marc in his final months. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the LDS Church Humanitarian Fund or the Boy Scouts of America.

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