Marlan Eugene Entiken
April 12, 1944 ~ February 18, 2013
February 26, 2013
Marlan Eugene Entriken, 68, passed away at his
home near Bonners Ferry on February 18, 2013.
Marlan was born on April 12, 1944, Sioux City,
Iowa, to David Ralph and Violet Mae (Parr)
Entriken. Many would agree that out of all the
Entriken brothers and sisters (nine to be exact)
Marlan was the most talkative and the most
His close family would often describe him as a
“Chatty Cathy” and he wouldn’t argue.
Perhaps the most remarkable trait that Marlan
carried was that of which he could tell a story
better than anyone. It was incredible how easily
captured you became hearing about one man with
so many journeys. He was able to boast of being
a Washington State Trooper and saving lives by
driving ambulance. Even his less regal
employment made for a great story such as the
times he drove bus, for Portland City Bus to the
renowned Greyhound Bus Lines.
His employment was not what he was known for
Marlan was known for his easy life, his
reliability and his ability to carry on a
conversation about politics until your ears
hurt. The memory most beloved by his family is a
memory to each their own. Everyone saw him in a
different light but it was always light.
His love for county music and riding his
lawnmower in the summer sun (as much as he
pretended to dislike it) are such things that
keep him with us, not to mention his addiction
to the television show, “Cops."
It would be cliché to say he left a loving wife,
five children and countless grandchildren
because he did not. Death is not the end, it is
change, and Marlan will always be here in
whatever form we wish to see him through.
Survivors include his wife Mary, three sons:
Stacey, Preston, Craig; two daughters Yolanda
and Terasa eleven grandchildren eleven
great-grandchildren. Family and friends are
invited to sign Marlan’s book at
are entrusted to the care of Bonners Ferry
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of
Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.