Jeffrey Alan Markley, age 56 years, most recently of Kiefer, Oklahoma,
passed away on June 7, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Born Jeffrey Alan Markley, January 18, 1961 at the Tulsa Osteopathic Hospital,
now OSU Medical Center in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma to parents Sarah Ann
(Powell) Markley Secrist and James Hilton Markley. He grew up in the Tulsa
area and attended Sapulpa Schools and graduated from Jenks High School
in 1979. He attended Tulsa Junior College before transferring his college
career to Park College in Parkville, Missouri. Mr. Markley received his
undergraduate degree in 1986 with honors graduating Magna Cum
Laude. He received his MFA with emphasis is Design and Technology for the
Theater; a three-year terminal degree program, in 1989 at the University
of Missouri at Kansas City. Of 22 students enrolling in the program initially,
Mr. Markley was one of 3 to receive the degree and the only one to choose
teaching. Mr. Markley's third year of graduate school was as an intern
for the Missouri Repertory Theater, a national theater company with LORT
standing. He graduated Cum Laude.
He married Karen Kelley Greene in 1986. The couple moved to Americus, Georgia
in 1989 and Mr. Markley began his first faculty position as Technical
Director and Adjunct Instructor at Georgia Southwestern College and remained
there until funding was pulled for the position. In 1991 Jeffrey accepted
a temporary appointment as interim-chair of the theater program at Belmont
University in Nashville, Tennessee, while the chair of the program took
sabbatical to obtain her MFA degree.
Arts funding dwindling across the country, their next employment was at
the University of Missouri at Rolla Missouri who was expanding their liberal
arts program. Mr. Markley served as Managing Director of the Leach Theater
located in Castleman Hall. There Mr. Markley was chief coordinator of
the Campus Performing Arts Series, the Family Series and Leach Special
Events as well as a full calendar of other events and touring companies.
Between Nashville and Rolla, the couple gave birth to their first child in
1994, a daughter they named Hannah Lucille, after both fraternal and maternal
grandmothers. In Rolla, the couple welcomed their second child in 1998,
a son, they named James Isaac after his father. At just three months of
age, Isaac, as he was called, was viciously and callously murdered. After
a lengthy trial and so devastated by their loss, Mr. Markley resigned
his position and the family returned to Mr. Markley's home town of
Sapulpa, Oklahoma where Mr. Markley hoped to find rejuvenation in the arms
of his extended family and friends for much needed emotional support.
Mr. Markley eventually found employment in his field at Tulsa Community
College as the theater departments set designer and carpenter. Later his
vast knowledge of theatre would lead him to sound design for the Van Trease
Preforming Arts Center for Education. He would become the departments
first instructor for sound design, recording and sound reinforcement as
the P.A.C.E. opened its first sound recording studio. He was also welcomed
as P.A.C.E. staff and the house sound technician for the
Tulsa Signature Symphony and all local and national events to the P.A.C.E
venue. Over his sixteen years with TCC, Mr. Markley has worked with numerous
national and international recording artists. He has worked with artists
from David Gates, Danny Glover, and the Manhattan Transfer to Tulsa's
own Sam Harris. His most recent accomplishment was doing the live sound
recording for Kristen Chenoweth’s PBS nationally broadcasts special
that ushered the opening of her theater in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
He loved his wife and daughter dearly and told them so, often. His greatest
love, after family was his students throughout the years and his complete
avocation to teaching. He Loved baseball, His team was the K.C. Royals.
He had a passion for Sooner football, making his wife agree to memorize
the school fight song before he'd marry her, they joked. He loved
to travel, great literature, fishing, the outdoors, canoeing, antique
collecting and selling. He loved domestic pets and animals and he fostered
many strays over the years with his wife. And he wanted it said, he loved
women. They were a wonderful, beautiful part of his world.
His greatest achievements in and his life-long love and passion were language
and the humanities. He stressed clear communication and a willingness
to compromise and he and his wife credit that to their brief 32 years
He is survived by his wife, Karen Kelley (Greene) Markley; his daughter,
Hannah Lucille (Markley) McNee his; grandson, James Alexander McNeelis.
His parents, Mother, Saran Ann (Powell) Markley Secrist and her family;
his Father, James Hilton Markley and his family; and one brother, Raymond Paul
Markley and his family. He is predeceased by his only son, James Isaac
Markley and both his maternal and paternal grandparents. There will be
two Memorial Celebration Services held for Jeffrey. A casual gathering
from 3-6 pm will be held at the McDonough Home at 503 Main sr., Parkville,
Missouri, 64152 on July 22nd with music, mingling and memories. The second service is set for Tulsa
and will be held at the Van Trease Performing Arts Center for Education
on the Southeast Campus of the Tulsa Community College on August 4, at
4:00 pm. There will be light refreshments and a remembrance gathering
in the little theater after the service.
These are simply the facts and do not do justice to the incredible humanitarian
and intellect that is lost and was Jeffrey Alan Markley.