IN MEMORIAM: GENE MARKLEY

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Gene Markley

GENE MARKLEY

1923-2017

Gene Markley, a standout track and field athlete whose unwavering support of Colorado State University and Fort Collins made him a pillar of the community, died March 13. He was 94.

Markley and his son, Doug, turned an auto dealership started by his father in the 1930s into iconic Markley Motors, a success story spanning eight decades. He was also a passionate community leader, serving as president of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, school board member, and hospital board member, among other volunteer positions.

It was Markley’s love for all things CSU, however, that made him beloved on campus. Despite an interruption for service in WWII, he received his degree in civil engineering from Colorado A&M (now CSU), and was a tireless supporter of Rams athletics throughout his adult life.

“Gene always felt like CSU had played a huge role in his success, and he wanted to make sure he did what he could to pay the school back,” said Kristi Bohlender, executive director of the CSU Alumni Association and longtime friend of the Markley family.

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