Marc Wallace Latimer, age 58, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2021 in the Lake Ridge Senior Care center, Orem, Utah. He was born June 28, 1962, in Long Beach, California to Donald Sidney Latimer and Carla Kaye Benson.
He grew up in Southern California, living in Lakewood, Westminster and Garden Grove, finally settling in San Diego from the age of ten until his mid-fifties.
His most precious of all freedoms was owning his own car. He loved being mobile and his favorite tool was the accelerator pedal—which meant he was pulled over a time or two. He was often heard saying, “I need transportation!” When he had spells without a car, he made sure he had a bicycle. He had no problem cycling at night, which led to some bad crashes. But when he no longer owned a car or bike, his final freedom was his power chair, which he demanded and received after badgering his insurance company to no end.
He loved music and was gifted to pick up instruments on his own. For some reason, now long forgotten, Marc decided to play the accordion—allowing him to play for long times in spite of his battle with scoliosis. Once he understood the concept, he scaled down to a concertina that was mobile enough for him to play as an accomplished street musician in San Diego and Salt Lake City. He ultimately adopted the penny whistle as his go-to musical tool and produced a CD of all his favorite Christmas songs.
His favorite of all games was chess—a game he mastered at a young age. His favorite move was a “fork,” which is an attack on two pieces simultaneously. He made the move by slowly looking up at his opponent, grinning, putting his piece in place and starting to laugh, saying, “you didn’t see that one coming, did you?”
He loved people—especially when they could understand Marc’s belief system. He had a soft humility about him that was constantly challenged. He was willing to tell someone he loved them. He was able to apologize for writing a salty note. He simply yearned for companionship and acceptance.
He also loved the color blue, western movies, food, the Madden NFL 2020 video game, more food and eating a double Big Mac with large fries and a strawberry shake.
That’s Marc as we know him… and Marc, how we love you!
Marc is survived by his mother, Carla, his siblings Chad (Cindy), DeeDee (Josh) and Troy (Amanda), and his wife, Maria. He is now reunited with his father Donald and his brother Rex, who passed away on September 6, 2016 and January 4, 1997, respectively.
A viewing and graveside service shall be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E Dimple Dell Road, (10600 S), Sandy, UT 84092 on Saturday, May 8, 2021. The viewing shall take place at the mortuary from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Directly after the viewing, all may attend the graveside service by assembling at the gravesite as directed.