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Marc Joseph Zadra

July 12, 1962 ~ March 18, 2022 (age 59)

Obituary

Marc Joseph Zadra died at home on March 18, 2022, surrounded by family and friends, after a long battle with cancer.

Marc was a lifelong Alaskan, born at St. Joseph’s hospital in Fairbanks on July 12,1962. Marc grew up in Moose Creek and attended school on Eielson Air Force Base. He ran cross-country and track, was a Nordic skier, and played basketball. Marc left Alaska briefly to attend the University of Oregon at Eugene (Go Ducks!), returning to live in Fairbanks. He worked at Gene’s Chrysler for more than 20 years.

Marc’s passion was family, friends and fun! He enjoyed camping and fishing at Clearwater, watching college basketball (especially March Madness), and Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run album. Marc loved supporting his sons Michael and Jensen, watching them play football and soccer, and attending orchestra concerts. The walls of his home are covered with pictures of family.

Marc will be remembered by family and friends for his endless generosity, patience and kindness. Marc was also a fighter and remained optimistic throughout his struggle with cancer. In addition to family, Marc had a fiercely loyal group of friends from Ben Eielson High School who supported him throughout his journey with cancer. Marc developed great relationships with his nurses and caregivers, always being ready with a joke and a smile. The family is so grateful for the support and care Marc received from Fairbanks Cancer Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and Hospice of the Tanana Valley.

Marc is survived by sons Michael of Dayton, Nevada and Jensen of Fairbanks, his former wife, Kelly Port, his mother Carol Zadra, and siblings August Zadra (wife Michelle), Steven Zadra (wife Tracy) and Gina Zadra Walton (husband David). Marc was preceded in death by his father, August Joseph Zadra. Marc leaves behind nieces and nephews, and numerous relatives throughout the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. A celebration of Marc’s life will be held in August in Fairbanks.

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