Marcus Loader died in Marble Falls on Feb. 29, 2020.

Graveside funeral with military honors is March 6 at 2 p.m. at Groves Cemetery.

Marcus was born on Dec. 18, 1930 to Oscar and Viola Loader in Iredell.

After graduating from Iredell High School in 1948, he attended Tarleton State University and transferred to Texas A&M University. He graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture range and forestry, and was a member of the Army Corps of Cadets.

Upon graduation, he entered the Army as a second lieutenant in the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood.

In April 1954, he was stationed in Seoul, Korea as the base logistics officer. He returned from Korea to the Army reserves and retired as lieutenant colonel of civil affairs in 1990.

Marcus started his career with the Agriculture Department in the Soil Conservation Service in 1954. He met his wife, Bettye Ann, while working in San Angelo, and they married in 1955.

Marcus had many career moves throughout Texas, and then out of state to Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. He returned to Texas in 1973 as the assistant state director of the SCS, based in Temple.

Marcus and family made their home on the ranch in Lampasas. He received numerous national and state awards, and retired from the SCS in 1987.

He loved to travel and took many trips that included Hawaii, Alaska, Europe and Mexico. He also was a foodie and deeply enjoyed trying new restaurants.

Marcus enjoyed spending time at their South Padre Island home with his family. They spent at least two weeks each month on the island. He enjoyed the ocean and the beach, and all the coastal wildlife in the area. He also enjoyed attending South Padre Island Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, and by a brother, Byron Loader.

He is survived by his two sons, Garon Loader of Dallas and Kerry (Ana) Loader of Marble Falls; sister-in-law Wilma Loader of Lampasas; brother-in-law Grady (Lyda) Clark of Branson, Missouri; two grandchildren, Lauren Loader and Ryan Loader of Marble Falls; and nephews Michael Loader and David Loader.