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919 SOW grieves loss of fellow Airman

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Staff Sgt. Timothy Marion poses for a photo with his family. Marion passed away at his home on April 1, 2021 after a long bout with cancer. (Courtesy photo)

DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- Citizen Air Commandos at Duke Field said goodbye to a fellow Airman last week. Staff Sgt. Timothy Marion passed away at his home on April 1, 2021 after a long bout with cancer.

Marion joined the 919th Special Operations Wing family in 2013 as a traditional Reservist. He was hired as an Air Reserve Technician in 2018 and served the wing in a dual military and civilian status. He deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from Sept. 21, 2018 to Feb. 5, 2019 as a member of the 919th SOW.

“Tim was an asset to this great nation, the 919th SOW, and all who knew him,” said Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt, an aircraft electrician with the 919th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “  [He] was an intellectual and dedicated professional, a loving father and husband, and a great friend. He will forever be remembered for his outgoing, funny personality.  No matter the occasion or situation, he was always able to put a smile on the faces of those who were in his presence.”

Marion was a C-146A Wolfhound aircraft electrician. He worked to troubleshoot and repair the Wolfhound’s electrical and environmental systems.

"Saying goodbye isn't for us,” said Master Sgt. David Paquet, an aircraft electrician section supervisor with the 919th SOAMXS. “Instead, I will say that I look forward to seeing my friend again each time I am reminded of Tim through a phrase, a joke, even while casting a line in the water. These are the things that will keep us close despite death."

Marion leaves behind a wife and six children. His friends and family at the 919th SOW will miss having him next to them performing Wolfhound maintenance.

 “Tim is one of my favorite people,” said Master Sgt. Michael Dunn, a 919th Special Operations Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector. “Regardless of the circumstance, his humor was infectious which made any situation better. You had to stay on your toes around him as he perfected the art of sarcasm. He was one of the most positive people I have ever met and his presence will be truly missed.”

Marion’s funeral services will be held at Cross Point Church in Niceville on April 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. for those who wish to attend.