Dr. Robert D Marquis III, 67, of Glade Park died Friday, May 11 while piloting his small aircraft near Denver.

Dr. Marquis was a beloved family man and dedicated veterinarian.

Born June 14, 1950 in Ames, Iowa to Marine Corps Captain Robert D. Marquis Jr. and Marjorie Marquis, “Bobby” Marquis grew up in Kansas City graduating from Southwest High School in 1968 where he played quarterback on the football team.

He earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri in 1978. Dr. Marquis then practiced large and small animal medicine in New York, Vermont, Missouri and Kansas before starting Tiara Rado Animal Hospital in Grand Junction in 1983. There he created an innovative and successful veterinary practice, which has provided care for countless patients and clients as well as employed many people for many years.

Known for his easy-going spirit, generosity and compassion, “Dr. Bob” as many like to call him, was an experienced pilot who loved to fly, avid woodworker, outdoorsman and favorite fishing partner.

He also served on many a mission with the Mesa County Search and Rescue Team of which he was a volunteer.

Described by an old friend as a “fine person,” he will be missed greatly by his family, friends, clients and colleagues who will cherish his memories for a very long time.

Dr. Marquis is survived by his beloved wife Burdette; son Zach Marquis (Kelli) of Gunnison; step daughter Jody Hunt of Fruita; three grandchildren Cade Greagor (12), Cecelia Marquis (3) and Virgill Marquis (2); brother Van B. Marquis of Kansas City, Kan.; his sister Elizabeth A. Marquis of Chicago, Ill. As well as his dog Enzo who accompanied Dr. Marquis almost everywhere, including work.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at The Church of Latter Day Saints located at 2542 G Road, Grand Junction, Colo.

If anyone desires to make a donation in his memory please do so to the charity of your choice.