Friday, August 15, 2008

We Miss You Gene!

Our hearts are heavy this week with sad news about one of our own. Gene Marksbury, who has been with the Sacramento Zoo for over 8 years, passed away this week.


In his time working at the Front Gate, he must have greeted thousands and thousands of families, guests and school children - wishing them the best, answering questions and just being genuinely happy to see them.

Here is a tribute by Michelle G., Reservation Specialist

I have worked with Gene at the Sacramento Zoo for almost 2 years. During the field trip season, I had the pleasure of seeing him almost everyday and enjoy his company. I admired his constant smile and ability to talk to anyone, stranger or not, about anything.

Each time I saw him I was greeted with a hug and a joke (usually about me :) and it always made my day. I will always remember him as “The Gatekeeper” and a great crossing guard. No matter how busy it was with school groups, he always made it so much fun to work here.

I cannot think of a person who made a greater impact on the guest experience at the Zoo like Gene. When I think back on my time here, he was definitely one of people that made the Zoo at great place to work.

I will truly miss him when it is time to check in school groups, it will not be the same!

You can view his obituary in the Sacramento Bee here. And they also did a nice article on Gene here.

1 comment:

  1. HE made you laugh, he made you smile, he loved people and loved talking for miles. He always had something to say, that would defintiely make your day. He made you feel like you mattered, whether friend or stranger with idle chatter. He shared great stories and is a great, great man.
    I am amongst his number one fans. He always took the time to say hello, while in a hurry or going slow. A wave to all the people that walked in front of the zoo, to all his furry friends that passed by too. HE knew his friends all by name, the zoo will definitely not be the same. Gene Marksbury you will truly just be, one of the great ones for us and all to see.

    I will truly miss you dearly!

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