Marion V. Faure, Jr.
Marion Victor Faure, Jr. (“Diz”) passed away on June 4, 2015 at a local hospital of natural causes. He was 90 years old. The long-tim Pocatello resident was preceded in death by his father, Marion Sr., his mother, Marie, and his sister Madeleine (Bumgartner).
Marion was born on November 4, 1924 in Pocatello. He was the son of Marion Victor Faure, Sr. and Marie Allec, who immigrated to the United State from France and found their way to the tiny town of Pocatello. His family merged with other immigrants in the “Pocatello Triangle” and Marion made lifelong friends. He attended Bonneville Elementary School, Franklin Junior High School, and Pocatello High School (class of 1943). He went on to take machine shop and welding classes at the University of Idaho, Southern Branch (Now ISU).
As a teenager, Diz, as he came to be called, loved the time he spent with his buddies. None of the boys had much money, so they created their own fun trampling around in the hills, playing stickball with tin cans, or sitting in the outfield at the old Halliwell Park watching baseball games. The joke among the boys that the player were not going to have enough equipment to play because Diz kept retrieving fly balls and broken bats and keeping them.
Marion married Margaret Ebbers in Buhl in August of 1948. In Margie, Diz found the love of his life. For nearly 70 years, theirs was the truest, most unconditional love available. Ten years after they married, the couple adopted a son, Brent. Nothing made Marion happier than the addition of his son and he thrived on seeing Brent succeed in school, swimming, and later his career.
Marion spent more than three decades in public service. In 1943, he was called to serve in the US Army and fought valiantly as a soldier in the 81st Infantry in the Palau region of the Pacific. He received commendation for exemplary conduct in action against the enemy and was also awarded the Purple Heart. Upon his honorable discharge as a Corporal in 1946, he began working at Pocatello’s Naval Ordinance Plant (NOP) in the degreasing pit cleaning the guns, Diz worked at the NOP until it closed in 1961. In that 15 years, he never missed a day of work and ended up having 6 months of vacation and sick leave in cash in. After leaving the NOP, he worked as a general laborer for several years at the Westinghouse reactor site (what is now known as the Idaho National Laboratory). In 1969, Marion accepted a position as a letter carrier for the United State Post Office, where he worked for another 17 years. He retired in December of 1984.
Retirement brought new opportunities and Marion made the most of them. For more than 23 years after he retired, he and his buddies reminisced daily over coffee at MdDonalds. He was also a regular at Highland Rams’ athletic contest, where his son, Brent, worked as a teacher and athletic trainer. But perhaps his most cherished time was that which he spent with his wife, Margaret, and the they both shared together reminiscing about the past and playing mean games of marbles with their childhood buddies Louie and Eileen Pardini, Herb and Mary Allen, Kenneth and Betty Marchetti, Johnny and Margaret Sanna, Pete and Elaine Karas, Don and Stella Hanners, Bob and Ruth Peyron, and others from the Old Triangle neighborhood.
Marion was also particularly proud of his grandpups Bristol (the ISU Football Tee Fetchin’ Dog) and Pokie, who opened Marion’s heart to a new kind of love. He often bragged about Bristol. Mutual hugs and kisses were frequent occurrences. Marion absolutely adored the time he spent playing catch with the dogs and his laughter during those times was contagious!
Marion is survived by his wife, Margaret, his son Brent, his daughter-in-law Caroline, and his grandpups Bristol and Pokie.
A rosary will be held on Tuesday, June 9 at 2 pm at Downard’s Funeral Home in Pocatello. The funeral mass will follow on Wednesday, June 10 at 2 pm at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church immediately followed by burial at Mountain View Cemetery. The family welcomes all those who knew and loved Diz as we celebrate his magnificent life.
The family would also like to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Mendenhall and other physicians and nursing staff at Portneuf Medical Center who cared for Marion in his final days and provided him with unrelenting care, compassion and love.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Portneuf Health Trust in Marion’s honor at 500 South 11th Ave., Suite 503, Pocatello, ID 83201
Before he died, Marion left this note for his family and friends:
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep, I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glint on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn’s rain, When you wake in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of birds in quiet flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night, Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die. With Love, Marion