Jack M. Marden, a retired judge and Army colonel, died July 18 at the age of 80.
Marden served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for more than 31 years, and then served for 26 years in various civilian positions, such as chief bar counsel, workers' compensation judge and chairman of the Souderton, Pa., zoning board, according to a release.
His military career began at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1957, and for the next 31 years he was promoted and stationed at multiple bases around the world. He was the chief legal officer of the XXIV Corps in Vietnam and an appellate criminal court judge with the U.S. Army Court of Military Review, a release said.
After entering civilian life, Marden served as the chief bar counsel for the Supreme Court of West Virginia. He then served as a trial judge with the West Virginia Office of Workers' Compensation.
Marden moved to Souderton, Montgomery County, upon retirement and became involved in his community.
He served as chairman of the Souderton Zoning Hearing Board for the last 19 years. He was a board member of the Indian Valley Senior Adult Activity Center, now called Generations of Indian Valley, a release said.
Marden also served as an arbitrator with the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
Earlier this month, Marden was honored by the Borough of Souderton and the state House of Representatives for his many years of public service to his country and community, according to a release.
Marden died on his 57th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his wife, Joan (nee Halperin); son, Edward (Carmen) Marden; daughter, Celia (Donald) Litman; grandchildren, Benjamin Litman, Arthur Litman, David Marden and Jessica Winand; and great-grandson, Landon.
Donations can be made to National Sojourners SEM Fund, c/o National Sojourners Inc., 8301 E. Boulevard Dr., Alexandria, Va., or to Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second St., Souderton, Pa. •