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March 11, 2011 at 5:03pm

Limelights go dark as theater family loses Walker

Councilmember Walter Neary and the Lakewood City Council honored Marcus Walker Jan. 3, 2011 with a proclamation noting his dedication and outstanding public service to the artistic development of the City of Lakewood. Photography by Steve Dunkelberger

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Reporters aren't supposed to feel. We report the news in articles and voice our opinions in reviews with no feelings or bias. That's how it works in textbooks and movies. That's now how it works in real life.

Such is the case with Marcus Walker. He died this morning after a valiant fight with metastatic melanoma. Not only was he the artistic director of the Lakewood Playhouse while it expanded and grew its programs as it staged great community theater season after season, he was my friend. At least I would be honored if he considered me one too. We talked religion, theater and life, well outside the realm of a "source" and a "reporter."

He spiritually supported me during my divorce with kind words and letters of encouragement. And now he is gone. I will miss him. But I am not alone. Theater folks, church folks and Lakewood boosters will all miss him. But most of all, hear dear wife, Lauren, will miss him. We could only pray we have such love as what they shared.

Marcus is gone. We must move on as he is lifted to the Lord. A celebration of his entrance into glory has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma.

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Ron Swarner said on Mar. 11, 2011 at 5:29pm

As soon as we posted Steve's moving piece on Marcus Walker's passing, KUPS 90.1FM launched into their show tunes hour. My sadness turned to happy thoughts on what Marcus brought to the South Sound. Rest in peace Marcus.

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Jim Patrick said on Mar. 12, 2011 at 9:03am

I will miss being backstage at Lakewood waiting for Marcus to enthusiastically welcome the audience to the show. It always brought a smile to my face. Now he open the show at the Pearly Gates. Rest in peace, Marcus!

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