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Marcus A Story

July 27, 1998

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Gone too soon, Marcus Alfredo Story passed away in the days after Thursday, November 11, 2021. Marcus struggled with anxiety and depression for many years, and his mental battles had taken their final toll on him. True to his name, Marcus was a warrior through it all.  Marcus was a gifted athlete, a mentor, and an award-winning filmmaker. Marcus is survived by his parents, Ian and Tina Story, his grandmother, Mereva Parrish, and his brother, Cole Story.

Marcus was born on July 27, 1998. In his early years, Marcus displayed a love and natural gift for sports. Early on as the rally monkey for his brother’s baseball teams, Marcus progressed to becoming a Rainier District Little League All-Star. He was known for his instincts on the diamond, his smooth swing at the plate, and his animated and goofy spirit to uplift his teammates. In his own words, Marcus described his days playing baseball as “the best time of my life, when I had the best friends, I could ask for.” Because of his bonds formed through baseball, Marcus described that one of his goals in life was “to be someone who can bring every one of different races and backgrounds together, because it is when humans are at their best; when we all get along.”

Growing up, Marcus’s competitive spirit was primarily channeled into basketball. Marcus played basketball his entire life, and he was a three-year varsity player in high school. He had a silky-smooth jumper, tight handles, solid court vision, and he was a defensive menace. Marcus’s teammates described him as someone who was unphased under pressure, someone who gave his teammates the confidence to bring their best, and someone you could count on to lighten the mood. As Marcus described it, “Basketball was the most important thing in my life for many years,” giving his father kudos for nurturing and supporting his love for the game.

Despite all his athletic ability, Marcus was an even more gifted filmmaker. Marcus’s journey into film started with an iPhone, which he would use to snap photos of nature and wildlife. When he enrolled at the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS), Marcus’s creative spirit ran freely. He regularly checked out cameras, learned how to use video editing software, and ventured into other creative arts. Marcus was honored with the “Award of Excellence” at the Northwest High School Film Festival for his documentary about his grandmother, which was played at the Cinerama and at an international film festival in Ireland. Marcus pursued a career in film by attending Loyola University New Orleans. Marcus continued shooting short films and writing screenplays when he returned to Seattle, and he intended to continue pursuing his education in the coming year. Describing his passion for film, Marcus expressed, “I believe that through my work (films), I can articulate my thoughts and problems in a way which people can understand, thus solving my problem of being too shy to vent to others.”

Marcus had a tremendous capacity for humor, resilience, and empathy. Marcus’s positive energy was contagious. If you were having a tough day, Marcus was sure to check on you and try to make you smile or laugh. Marcus’s courage, fortitude, individuality, and genuine love for others are the eternal flames of his spirit that we will keep with us forever.

The Story family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to all those who have supported us. As we continue to mourn, we know that we are blessed to have the continued love and support of family and friends, many of whom looked after Marcus like their own.


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