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Born into poverty in 1937 as the only child of a single mother living in a small hamlet on the outskirts of Eufaula, Oklahoma, Marcus was a natural industrious “free range” boy.
His education was through the 10th grade, but he always regretted not getting more education.
He joined his father, Larkin Cox, in Hughson at age 14, but went back to Oklahoma where at 17 he married Gladys Nealis. The next year he became the father of his first daughter, Pamela Cox Littlepage (Bruce) then the marriage ended when Mark was 20 years old.
Mark came back to Hughson in 1958 where he met his future wife, Dolores Wagenman of Waterford. They married in 1960.
In 1968 Mark and Dolores built Space in the Shade Mobilehome Park in Waterford, managing it for 19 years.
1971 brought a baby girl, Stacey Cox Williams (Ken). A baby boy, Steven Cox (Angela) came to Mark and Dolores in 1972.
Mark was a “top gun” trapshooter, winning numerous shoots up and down California. Then he turned to horses and joined a team with father and son Ron and Randy Haile, winning team pennings in California and as far away as Guthrie, OK.
The pinnacle of the Team Penning is to compete and win at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Mark joined with another father and son team, Willie and Steve Tellam of Julian, California, and together they won the Cow Palace team penning in 1990.
After discontinuing the travel circuit Mark started training young horses. Even as Mark enjoyed all these sports, his greatest pleasure was his three children, Pam, Stacey and Steve, and six grandchildren: Dr. Kelley Littlepage Cleveland (Clay), Reid Souza, Brady Souza, Quinn Williams, Tyler Cox and Madison Cox.
Marcus invited Jesus Christ into his life at about age 40 and lived a life of love, joy, peace.
As life would happen, a fall from a ladder and the discovery of lymphoma cancer brought the difficult end to a wonderful life here on earth, but Mark is now beyond the human constraints of this earth.
There will be a visitation on Thursday, May 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a funeral service on Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in the Heritage Chapel. Both will be held at Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave. in Hughson. There will be a reception following the funeral service at Samaritan Village located at 7700 Fox Road, Hughson.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
April 25, 2018