Marquardt leaving behind a legacy, many say

Jan 16 2012 - 11:32pm


Robert L. Marquardt
Robert L. Marquardt

OGDEN -- It is hard to travel around the Top of Utah without coming across evidence of the contributions made by the late Robert L. Marquardt.

Through his efforts, the area has seen the creation of institutions such as Job Corps centers, Beus Pond Nature Park, Ogden River Parkway, MTC Park and George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park.

After a four-year fight with bone cancer, Marquardt, 86, died Saturday, leaving behind an important legacy.

"He's certainly been involved with every aspect of Northern Utah," said Casey Allen, director of the dinosaur park.

"Weber County and Northern Utah will miss somebody that has been a benefactor to many people."

After serving as a midshipman in the merchant marines and Navy during World War II, Marquardt graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 1950. He later received a master's degree and a doctorate.

Celeste McDonald, vice president of corporate communications at Management & Training Corporation, said education was everything to Marquardt, and he believed that education was a path to success.

That belief led him to form the Management & Training Corporation in 1980. It is now the largest operator of Job Corps centers in the country and the third-largest operator of private correctional facilities.

McDonald said Marquardt firmly believed that everyone deserved the opportunity to improve their lives.

"He was just passionate in helping those less fortunate than himself."

Marquardt was able to do so through the MTC.

He helped develop the company while working at Thiokol Chemical Corporation. He served there as director of marketing and later group vice president, and helped create an education division.

Yet, with all his drive to improve the community, Marquardt found time to be involved with his own hobbies.

His son, Robert S. Marquardt, said he has positive memories of participating in those hobbies with his dad.

"I spent a lot of time growing up hunting and fishing with my father. He took me on a lot of trips. We spent a lot of time together out in the wild. I have a lot of very good memories from that."

Through those trips and working alongside his father, he benefited from his father's belief in education and community involvement.

"That was a great opportunity for me to learn from him and share our lives together," he said.

They would take a big trip for the opening day of fishing every June. Robert S. Marquardt said his dad was very competitive about catching the biggest fish and, more often than not, managed to do so.

Over the years, he got more into ocean fishing, owning a number of yachts. He kept a boat in Ensenada, Mexico, and another in San Diego.

"He loved to go out and roll around in the ocean and, again, try to catch the biggest fish as possible," Robert S. Marquardt said.

Jane Marquardt said her father displayed passion in all aspects of his life, from his community activities to putting on a Christmas light display.

"He had an amazing passion for life and doing such different things," she said, "and he always did things to the nth degree."

He put that passion into creating lasting community benefits, such as the dinosaur park.

With his passing, McDonald said, the area has lost a great visionary.

Along with his lasting community legacy, Marquardt also leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Annette, two children, three grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

Standard-Examiner reporter Michael McFall contributed to this article.

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