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Obituary for Joseph S. Marchione

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Joseph S. Marchione

August 21, 1953 - May 31, 2016

Joseph S. Marchione passed away May 31, 2016 in his home in Liberty, Utah.  He was born August 21, 1953 in Norfork, Virginia to Joseph Marchione and Dorothy O’Donnell.


Joe grew up in Virginia Beach.  In 1971 he won the Junior Men’s Division of the East Coast Surfing Championship.  He competed and won many awards in his life.


His love of surfing sent him to live in Cocoa Beach, Florida, the Outer Banks of North Carolina and to the North Shore of Oahu.


In 1980 his interests turned to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  He lived in Breckenridge, Colorado and worked as a ski patroller.


Joe was a passionate athlete, naturalist, friend and protector of animals.


Joe worked as a ski patrolman for Snow Basin ski area for five years and was a rancher in Liberty, Utah.  He was also a general contractor and helped to create many fine homes.


Joe is survived by his wife, Diana; step-daughters, Jennifer (Vaun) Archibald, Lana Michele Young; father, Joseph, brothers, Tony, Sal, Dean and Ryan; sisters, Sandra, Gina and Maria.  Joe had many friends that he kept in contact with all over the world.


He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy; brother, Frank and nephew, Max.


A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at 2765 East 5100 North, Liberty, Utah.


In lieu of flowers please donate to the Ogden Nature Center, or CNS Hospice,


Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


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Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A Celebration of Life

2765 East 5100 North, Liberty, Utah.


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Born: August 21, 1953
Died: May 31, 2016

Condolences for Joseph S. Marchione

Butch Peel posted on 6/19/16

Diana, I know that you were the most important person in Joe's life. He loved you above all else. I want to express my deep sadness and sincere condolences for your loss. It was my loss, too. Joe, I remember meeting you at Playeros restaurant in Nag's Head, NC in 1980. You became my friend and surfing mentor, and I will always remember our trip across the country in your Ford wagon with 4 surfboards on the top, each one worth more than the car. You became my roommate in Breckenridge, CO, and were able to survive the drought by driving for the Summit Stage and skiing every day at Copper Mountain while Breckenridge remained closed. I enjoyed working with you on the Breckenridge Ski Patrol, and was ecstatic when you and Diana got married ( by the late James D. Rogers) but was sad when you moved back to the Outer Banks. I am glad we have kept in touch over the years and wish I had seen you and Diana more often. I really wish I had seen you one more time before you were gone. I love you, man, and will think of you always. Your friend forever, Butch


David Jenkins posted on 6/16/16

I just saw Joe's obituary in the Valley News. I was out of town when it originally ran. My deepest sympathies to you and extended family. As I drove by your place each day I often thought of Joe and his friendly wave and good natured attitude. I will miss him. All the best.


Dan Fisher posted on 6/13/16

Diana, I am so sorry for your loss. What a great guy! I enjoyed working with Joe at Snowbasin and hearing his life stories of surfing, skiing and home on the range. We'll miss his contagious smile and laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Aloha 'oe


Sharon Roghaar posted on 6/10/16

Diana, Brad and I are so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. Although we had just met him, he seemed like such a great and fun-loving person. Our sympathies are with you. Sincerely, Sharon Roghaar


Paula Carapia posted on 6/8/16

Diana, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved best friend & husband Joe. Your friends here at the IRS want to extend their deepest condolences and sympathy to you. You're are in thoughts and prayers of comfort .


Dee Brightenburg posted on 6/7/16

Joe, I'm going to miss your laughter and zest for life. I never did a work run with you where you didn't make me laugh and stand at amazement at your energy. I'd heard about your heart attack but just figured you'd get over and I'd see you next ski season. Now I feel sad and empty knowing that won't happen. Your in a better place and I know I'll see you again and that helps. But I'll still miss you until then.


Sandy Marchione posted on 6/7/16

Joe was the most wonderful brother absolutely my favorite! I will always cherish our long winded phone conversations. He was always so funny and full of life, a natural born athlete, so kind and hard working. They say only the good die young and he is living proof of this, obviously God needed him to make some improvements to the pearly gates.


Robert Finchem posted on 6/7/16

I went on a surf trip to Florida when I was 14 with some of my older brother's friends and Joe happened to be staying in the hotel room next to ours. We hit if off immediately and were buddies ever since. You were always met with a smile from Joe and he would share his corners of the world whether is was Florida, here on the Outer Banks, Colorado, Utah, or Hawaii. Joe absolutely loved life, had so many great days, and probably had more fun than anyone I ever knew. Thank you Diana for taking care of our friend through thick and thin and of all those good days, his best day would certainly have been the day he met you.


Bill Sinnamon posted on 6/6/16

Rest in Peace my friend. Gone way to soon, Joe had a big heart and an even bigger smile and laugh. Love that guy, one of my best of friends. Man we laughed our heads off, the guy loved to surf, ski and make you laugh. We skied Pow together, surfed OBX and he even danced to salsa at my wedding. You will be truly missed, forever in my thoughts. Happy trails my friend until we meet again. Dianna lots of love from Sean, Mikaela and Mariella. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you.


Michael french posted on 6/5/16

To the Marchioni family. I'm so very sorry for your loss I can only imagine the heartache you must feel,but during the times we must always remember the good and how he made everyone feel around him. I haven't seen in years, but from Dons surfboards to cocoa beach, I know I'll never forget him. God bless and RIP my friend...


Larry Pierce posted on 6/4/16

Joe, RIP my friend. Diana, so sorry to hear this news….I would have responded sooner but I was out of the country. I first met Joe on the North Shore of Oahu back in the late 70's…..we surfed together. Then you move to Breckenridge, while I'm living just down the road in Steamboat, we skied the pow together. Also we sailboarded together at Green Mt. Resevoir in Colorado. Your wit and laugh will be missed my friend. "Aloha" till we see each other again.


Maria Mills posted on 6/4/16

Joe I will always miss you, I am so thankful we got to know each other as adults, you are, and always will be, my favorite brother, I am sad about your passing, but I have peace knowing you and Diana had a great life together, and you were happy... and had such and exciting life... Love always your little sister Maria


Will King posted on 6/4/16

Thanks. You made us laugh, and a lot. We always needed that. Thanks. Your laugh, it was big and honest, full of life. Just like you, unforgettable. Thanks. Like your laugh, uncompromising, fearless, your truth... The soundtrack of your life. You left us all with great memories, a fresh perspective, and laughter, and that's a lot. Thanks.


BECHTEL posted on 6/3/16

Life is short, Live, Love and play hard just like Joe did!!! Miss you dude! Bechtel


Fred DuVall posted on 6/3/16

Joe I can't believe that you are gone. The last time I saw you at you at Snowbasin you looked great. You were your same old self with that big smile and cracking jokes. You were always full of life and living it to the fullest. Next year won't be the same without you there. Your wife Diana is a really super person. Karla and I really enjoyed talking with her in the bay. Diana you have our condolences. We know that you will carry on with your life. Won't be the same but can still be good. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time.


Tim Franchi posted on 6/3/16

So long Joe. Your noise and smile will never be forgotten. You were 'that guy' in the best way possible. Thought we could put off that surf trip to Mexico you offered until another year. Now ..... Ahhh it would have been epic. I have a pair of your old skis and I'm skiing them next year. They were rough and worked and took some time to tune up. Kind of just like you. But now they're sweet and ready to go. It will be epic. So long Joe It was nice knowing you


peter francis posted on 6/3/16

I will miss you Joe. You were a great role model for me. If I laughed or smiled half as much as, you, Joe, I would be a better person. I loved the fact that we always knew what was on your mind. It was usually positive, but you would not sugar coat it, if something needed to be said you said it. I admired your brutal honesty, even if it was not politically correct. You and I both came to skiing full time in 1980. There are very few people I know that have remained as passionate about skiing after thousands of days. With the exception of Bill Dean, there has been no one else that made my job easier as a patroller. Joe was not afraid to fly high on the radar, he reveled in it. I will miss how you kept so many of us from shack burning, most of us because we wanted to ski with you, some of us that just had to leave the top shack to be spared another story or rant. Hope to see you in another life. I will miss you my friend.


Bev Adams posted on 6/3/16

Joe will not soon be forgotten! A booming voice and a big heart! He made us all smile. I can still hear him calling over the walkie talkie @ Snowbasin. He always got our attention! Last summer Diana & Joe responded to my request to take in a gaggle of baby orphaned geese left at the Ogden Nature Center, and they did so willingly and were great foster parents! That's the kind of guy Joe was. A good neighbor and friend...


Bev Adams posted on 6/3/16

To Diana and Family, We have lost a real treasure! Joe will not soon be forgotten. I can still hear his booming voice coming over the walkie talkie at Snowbasin. He always made me smile. He was a very charismatic man who lit up the room and who was very direct, but kind-hearted. He loved to laugh AND he loved to make you laugh too! Last year Joe & Diana took in a gaggle of baby geese at my request as a friend of the Ogden Nature Center, and they raised them with TLC all summer as foster parents! Joe & Diana saved them. All heart!


Pam Mitchell posted on 6/2/16

To Diana, her daughters, and all of Joe's family: I only knew Joe for a couple of years. I will never forget his wit and unique sense of humor. A joy to be around. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Pam