Parkman – Roger Jay Marden, 50, passed away August 1, 2020, at his home. He was born October 10, 1969, in Bangor, the son of Maurice and Marion (Corson) Marden. Jay was a graduate of Calais Regional High School, Class of 1988, and the University of Maine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 1993.
He married the one true love of his life, Michele (Libby) Marden, on January 13, 1996. Together, they raised their family in Parkman, ME. Jay was a loving and protective husband and father. His love of physical science led him to a calling teaching high school science. Mr. Marden believed that every student mattered and he gave extra attention to students who were at risk of falling through the cracks; he had a way of motivating students who needed a push. Many young adults can be quoted saying, “I would not have graduated if it weren’t for Mr. Marden”.
Jay was also a talented trombonist for the Sunday Project Jazz Band and also played in the Skowhegan Community Band. He treasured his band mates and the beautiful music they made together. Jay was very proud to have passed his love for music onto his children.
He was an avid snowmobiler and served as Trailmaster for the Parkman TrailBlazers Snowmobile Club for nearly 20 years. He loved making his trails flat and firm and spent many late nights in freezing temperatures grooming, even when he had to work the next day. Jay loved riding in Aroostook County and spent many vacations there with Michele.
Jay is survived by his loving wife, Michele; his children who were his pride and joy, sons, Ian Libby and wife Nicole Donnelly, Steven Marden and special friend Grace Riitano; and daughter, Sydney Marden; his mother, Marion (Corson) Marden; brother, Craig Marden and significant other, Gingar Rush; sister, Jennifer (Marden) Stewart and husband John; his loving in-laws, Wayne and Jackie Libby; sisters-in-law, Alice Drew, and Anita Libby-Kain; brothers-in-law, Carroll, Douglas, and Scott Libby; several nieces and nephews; and his dog and best friend, Luke.
He was predeceased by his father, Maurice; his grandparents, Roger and Jennie Evelyn Marden; uncle, Gene Marden; and sister-in-law, Shirley Libby.
There will be a Celebration of Life at Jay and Michele’s house with a bonfire and band at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 759329, Baltimore, MD, 21275-9329.
Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com