Joseph Marks was born on July 5, 1967 in Los Angeles, California to the proud parents of Clarence Marks Sr. and Mozella Allison Marks, he was the youngest out of five children. Joseph was a happy child and always showed a lot of positive energy and outlook on everything that he did.
He attended 109th St and 93rd St Elementary Schools, and was a part of the new busing system to the valley to attend Nobel Jr. High. School. For High School he attended Cleveland High for one year, then decided to enroll in John C. Fremont High School where he graduated with honors. He loved sports, he played football and basketball in high school, and semi pro ball once he graduated, but his passion for music was what became his greatest love. Growing up in a Christian home, he accepted the Lord at a young age, and since his mother, older sister and brother played piano he was a natural. He took piano lessons and honed his craft at his family church, Greater Evangelist Prayer Center C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Pastor T.S. Smith. He decided to leave California in 1990, and relocate in Seattle, Washington. In 1991, Joe and Donna joined The Rose of Sharon Christian Church under the leadership of Pastor Michael Hale, and decided to unite in love on April 23, 1994. To this union were born three beautiful children.
Music was his passion and you could always find him in the studio writing and composing. He was a plumber by trade, and in 2003 he graduated from U.A. Local 32 Plumbing & Pipefitters union where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. In between plumbing jobs he was always writing music or putting on plays/musicals through his company JoeDon Ministries, he also had his own catering and clothing business. He believed in working hard. Joe was a man with a million plans and ideas, it was said he “dreamed in color”, he definitely kept himself, and his family very busy. In 2012 he found joy working under the leadership of Pastor Larry Carter at Good Hope Community Church where he allowed God to use all of his gifts before going home to glory. His parents Pastor Clarence Marks Sr. and Mozella Marks preceded him in death. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Donielle L. Hicks-Marks, 1 son, Michael Marks, 2 daughters, Jayla Marks and Jolia Marks, 3 sisters, Janice Jackson (Jerry Williams), Dewana Marks-Brown (Jeffrey Brown), and Shirley Newhouse, 1 brother, Pastor Clarence Marks Jr. (Preness Marks), Mother in Law, Joyce Hicks, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. The world is less brighter without Joe in it, but he will be forever in our hearts, “Well done good and faithful servant.”