A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, June 14, 2014, at First United Methodist Church for Jim Markl, 97, who passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Villa Del Rey. Jim’s cremains will be placed in the First United Methodist Church columbarium.
Jim was born October 3, 1916, to Frank and Alcey Markl in Roswell, NM. Jim attended local schools, upon graduation from high school he attended the University of New Mexico, and received a degree in Business Commerce from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
In 1939, he became a salesman for Del Monte in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 1941, he enlisted in the Navy, serving on three ships in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Jim was released in 1945 with the rank of Lt. Commander.
Jim then spent one and a half years in Deming as a co-owner of a meat packing firm. He met and later married Laura Lee White on August 31, 1947, at the Trinity Methodist Church in El Paso. They settled in Roswell where they raised their children. He owned and operated a real estate firm for 35 years.
Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also either president or chairman of the following organizations: Kiwanas, United Way, Salvation Army, Roswell Junior and Senior Chambers of Commerce, Roswell School Board, Roswell City Planning Commission and Roswell Board of Realtors. In 1961, he was chosen Realtor of the Year by both the local and state organizations.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Frances Hanson and Helen Landon and grandson Byron Cook. He is survived by his wife Lolly; daughter Janet Lou Brown of Roswell; son Stephen Markl and wife Debra of Roswell; daughter Amy Jo Herrick and husband Jim of Denver; 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two nieces.
The family requests that memorial contributions be in Jim’s name to the First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania, Roswell, NM 88201.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.