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Police Officer David Edward Marks

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, February 7, 1974

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Reflections for Police Officer David Edward Marks

Officer Marks,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 7, 2024

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 7, 2021

You are remembered...

Leslie Halla

February 7, 2020

Dave and I were in the same Oakland Police Academy in May 1972. I remember him coming over from the Alameda County Sheriff Department. We occasionally studied together as this was my first experience in law enforcement. I was working that day when the incident occurred with him and Brennan. I was working beat 27 in East Oakland, and I was on the scene. Even now I will always remember what I saw. I have mentioned this incident in some workplace violence training and I know how it effective me. Dave was a great guy and always was a mild mannered and even temper guy. He was one of the favorites in our class.

Raymond A. Clark, former Oakland Police
Was in the same police academy as Dave

August 19, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 7, 2018

There isn't a day that goes by that i don't miss my brother. He was one of the good guys, thoughtful, loving, funny.
Every time another officer is killed in the line of duty, my heart hurts for the families and the pain they will endure for the rest of their lives.

Barbara Marks Carswell
Sister of David Marks

July 10, 2016

Dave was a good friend. We met in 7th grade and were friends tell his death. We were drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and did basic training together. Dave is a Viet Nam veteran. R.I.P. Dave.

Greg Swope

March 15, 2016

Dave was a great guy. I was a friend in high school. Gone too soon !!!

Michelle Dell'Ergo Aiken

July 31, 2015

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Officer Marks. Thank you for your service to the people of Oakland, CA.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 6, 2015

You and I were beat partners for a time. You helped me when a cracy woman attempted to attack me with steak knives in each hand. You came to my aid and I will always remember. Rest in Peace, brother.

Officer Richard Bowser
Oakland Police Department

November 21, 2014

Dave was engaged to my sister at the time of his death. I always remember him on 2/7 and whenever another officer is killed. You are remembered...

Leslie Halla
almost sis in law

October 27, 2014

David Marks was my roommate and friend. I will never get over his loss, but it has taken me almost 29 years to simply speak about his death. Such a tragic waste of a good man, a Viet Nam veteren and friend.

Shannon E. Sellers

January 25, 2013

Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen

February 24, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

I hope to meet your family someday at a NORCAL COPS function.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 7, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Marks. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 17, 2012

So young and so tragic. My heart aches for your poor mother. What suffering she must have known after she lost you.

You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 7, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 7, 2009

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been a long time, I'm sure those you left behind and served with disctinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thanks for your service and for looking out for us you left behind. Rest in peace Officer Marks.

Sgt. Robert Mau, Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 16, 2008

Dave -
Your life-long dream to become a police officer came true, if only for a short time. You had such great respect for this career and your fellow officers. You are missed.

God Bless You,


Sue Fishe

November 24, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 20, 2007

Thank you for your service Ofc. Marks.

Grand Rapids, MI

August 1, 2007

You are remembered and missed, brother.
We only had 16 months on the street together before you were taken from our ranks. Rest in Peace.
Your 68th Recruit School classmate,
Bill Andrews OPD 1972-1997.

Bill Andrews Criminal Investigator
Stanislaus County D.A.'s Ofc. CA.

March 10, 2006

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

October 14, 2004

I knew you well. We were partners, friends, and went snowmobiling just weeks before your death. I didn't attend your funeral because it was too much to bear then. I've come back thirty years later to say good-bye.

Inspector Jim Bratton
Oregon Inspector General's Office

August 27, 2004

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