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  • Jon Solberg
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 4872

    Sad news: smarkley

    It is with heavy heart that inform the Pit Nation of the loss of one of our own. An original pit member. Steve Markley "smarkley".
    Steven Markley
    October 25, 1953
    May 23, 2016

    Steve Markley died the evening of May 23, 2016. At his side as he passed from this Earth were his forever friend and love, Suzy, and his adored daughter, Annabelle. Steve was born October 25, 1953, in Fremont, Ohio, to Robert and Sylvia Markley. He graduated from Fremont Ross High School with the class of 1972. Steve was joined in marriage with Sue Pasch, May 25, 1974. They moved from Ohio to the mountains of central Idaho in April 1975.
    For Steve, there followed many jobs and avocations: cook and bottle washer at a family resort on the Salmon River, miner for Stauffers Chemical Corp. in southwestern Wyoming, journeyman electrician in the family business, Markley Electric, sporting goods store owner in Stanley, Idaho, river guide on the Salmon River and Middle Fork of the Salmon River. His favorite job was as bass guitar player in his wife's band, Suzy Markley and the Hired Hands. Their music was mainly performed in Stanley, Challis and Sun Valley, Idaho, but was also performed in other places. Country-western, folk, rock, rhythm and blues and semi-classical, you name it, they could play it!
    After daughter Annabelle's birth in August 1984, Steve continued to juggle his many jobs including city councilman in Stanley. Always ready for a new challenge, Steve entered college in his 30s and studied technical fields related to manufacturing systems. He was hired by Micron Technology in 1993 necessitating a family move to Boise, Idaho. In another change in 2007, Steve pursued an opportunity to work for the State of Idaho, serving as a Senior Systems Analyst. He was fortunate to work with people he cared about in a job he loved until his death.
    We cannot forget Steve's many interests (not to be called hobbies) because whatever he chose to do he did with perfection! He was an award-winning beer brewer, fly fisherman, master gardener, bread baker and outdoor chef – Steve was wicked with a barbecue and Dutch oven.
    Steve leaves his wife Suzy; daughter Annabelle (Josh) Harrison and granddaughter, Brianna Harrison; his parents Robert and Sylvia Markley; sister, Carol (Mike) Willard; brothers Robert (Carlene) Markley, Leonard (Julie) Markley, Michael (Beth) Markley; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Dianna Kroeger, Deborah (Rick) Grine, David Pasch, Ron (Marge) Pasch, Dick Pasch and many other loving relatives. Steve is also mourned by the many friends that enriched his life.
    The family was blessed to have Steve for as long as we did. We will share a Celebration of Life this summer in Stanley, to be announced.
    - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/the....gSLZ7Ylz.dpuf

    Last edited by Jon Solberg; July 11th, 2016, 05:46 PM.
  • ecowper
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3026
    • Maple Valley, WA
    • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
      Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

      Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
      Thermometer = Maverick ET732
      Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
      Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
      Thermapen Classic = Grey
      PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

      Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
      Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
      Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
      Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

      Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"

      Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

    Sorry to hear that.


    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 6036
      • Colorado
      • > Weber Genesis EP-330
        > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
        > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
        > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
        > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
        to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
        > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
        > Thermoworks Smoke
        > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
        > Thermoworks Thermapen
        > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
        > Anova sous vide circulator
        > Searzall torch
        > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

        > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
        > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
        > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

      RIP smarkley
      Last edited by MBMorgan; July 11th, 2016, 04:58 PM.


      • ribeyeguy
        Charter Member
        • Jun 2015
        • 1291
        • S. E. Wisconsin
        • Weber Platinum Performer, 18"WSM, Smokenator, Slow 'n Sear.

        Man, that is more than sad, he was one of my favorite members. A good man gone way too soon.


        • Potkettleblack
          Club Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 1944
          • Beautiful Downtown Berwyn
          • Grill: Grilla Original / Weber Genesis EP-330 / OK Joe Bronco Drum
            Thermometers: Thermapen / iGrill 2 / Fireboard
            For Smoke: Chunks / Pellet Tube / Mo Pouch
            Sous Vide: Joule / Nomiku WiFi (RIP Nomiku)
            Disqus: Le Chef - (something something something) - it changes

          I did not know him being new here, but am saddened that this community has lost a valuable member with such varied interests.


          • LA Pork Butt
            Charter Member
            • Dec 2014
            • 5084
            • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

            Sorry to hear. I suspected his absence from the Pit meant his health was failing. Thanks Jon Solberg for letting us know. Are you okay? Your frequent posts have been absent from the Pit.
            Last edited by LA Pork Butt; July 11th, 2016, 06:12 PM.


            • David Parrish
              Founding Member - Pit Boss Emeritus
              • May 2014
              • 5044
              • Charlotte, NC
                • Slow 'N Sear Kamado (SnSK)
                • Lots of grills that work with Slow 'N Sear
                • LOTS of digital thermometers (my fav)
                • LOTS of accessories
                • Favorite Beer - Fat Tire
                • Favorite Bourbon - Woodford Reserve
                • Favorite White Wine - Cakebread Chardonnay
                • Favorite Red Wine - Yes, Please
                • President/Owner - SnS Grills

              smarkley is one of our orignal charter members. He will be missed.


              • Powersmoke_80
                Founding Member
                • Aug 2014
                • 878
                • Bay City, Michigan
                • Vintage Brinkmann Longhorn Offset Stick burner (newest addition)
                  Weber 22 w/SnS
                  Brinkmann Pellet Grill W/ Ortech TR-100
                  Vermont Castings, gas
                  Masterbuilt smoker, gas
                  Future build, 80 gallon tank hybrid, pellet/stick burner
                  iGrill black, dual probe thermometer
                  Thermapen instant read
                  Polder,Speed Read instant thermometer
                  Favorite Beer, Yeungling Black&Tan

                Sympathy to his family, he was missed here. RIP smarkley, aka the "Dutch oven King"
                ​ps. Thanks for posting Jon Solberg


                • Jon Solberg
                  Jon Solberg commented
                  Editing a comment
                  I never owned a dutch oven before I meet Steve. I'll think of him when ever I see or cook in one.

                  He was a great man.

                • ecowper
                  ecowper commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Jon, I didn't realize that ... I love cooking in Dutch ovens ... And I'm glad you got learn about them from Steve.
              • Koy Schoppe
                Charter Member
                • Feb 2015
                • 147
                • Greensboro, NC
                • Name:

                  Greensboro, North Carolina

                  22" Weber + Slow N Sear
                  Pit Barrel Cooker

                  iGrill 2

                  Mainly beer, preferably local: Karbach, Southern Star, Lone Pint, and anything else made in Texas!

                  Cooks for:
                  Wife, 2 kids (9 & 5), 2 doodle dogs, and whoever smells the smoke and comes on over

                RIP smarkley You will be missed around the pit.


                • cstrfd4
                  Club Member
                  • Dec 2015
                  • 172
                  • Utica Wi

                  Heavy heart for the family


                  • Breadhead
                    Banned Former Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 1

                    That's a damn shame. I really, really liked smarkley . Bless his soul. I'm wiping my eyes now.😂 He really was one of our finest Pit members that contributed lots of very valuable information. He loved cast iron cooking outdoors. I thought he would wind up as a Pit moderator covering outdoor cooking with cast iron.


                    • DWCowles
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 9762
                      • Smiths Grove, Ky
                      • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

                      R.I.P. smarkley I will missed you my friend


                      • HorseDoctor
                        Charter Member
                        • Sep 2014
                        • 1149
                        • Central Iowa

                        RIP Steve... May the Good Lord bless you and keep you...


                        • boftx
                          Founding Member
                          • Jul 2014
                          • 919
                          • Las Vegas, NV
                          • CharGriller Pro COS
                            Oklahoma Joe COS
                            Maverick 732 thermometer
                            Red Thermapen
                            Favorite beer: Scotch

                            I know I make damn good BBQ cause my 3 dogs have NEVER said no to it. (OTOH, my 13yr old says no to just about everything, except my ribs.)

                          R.I.P. Steve. We are less than a month apart in age. If this is an omen, so help me I'll hunt you down and douse your pit fires, my friend.


                          • ecowper
                            ecowper commented
                            Editing a comment
                            You're gonna be around to remind us "barely younger" types how to do it right for years and years.

                            And yeah ... RIP Steve, you will be missed.
                        • Danjohnston949
                          Former Member
                          • Dec 2014
                          • 4436
                          • 1410 9th. St. N, Fargo ND

                          Jon Solberg, To quote Someone else I considered Steve, One of the Best Friends I Never Met! Better Days to Steve's Family and May the Good Lord Bless and keep Steve!
                          Jon thanks for the news! From Fargo ND, Dan


                          • Breadhead
                            Breadhead commented
                            Editing a comment
                            "One of my best friends I never met"

                            +1 on that...👍



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