James F. Marker, commercial clammer

July 8, 2014

James F. Marker, 83, formerly of Camp Arrowhead Road, Lewes, died in Baltimore, Md., Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Born Nov. 11, 1930, on a farm near Odessa to Walter and Mary Marker, Jim held a lifelong love of Delaware's estuaries. In search of ducks, geese and deer in winters, and crabs, clams and flounder in summers, were always more important than work. The then-new General Foods, Dover facility employed Jim upon opening in 1963. He became a fulltime clammer in 1978, raking the Inland Bays for 12 years selling to local vendors.

Survivors include:a  sister Peggy Coblentz of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.; daughter Cheryl Marker and husband Alan Katz and grandchildren Olivia, twins Juliet and Samuel Katz of New York, N.Y.; son Darryl Marker of Lewes; and grandson George Z. Marker and wife Jaime of Lincoln.