To view Dick's Caring Bridge Site Click on the link under Memorial Donations Richard Bowman "Dick" Marion, 77, died peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on August 31, 2011. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley, Arizona. Dick was born on August 29, 1934 in Lancaster, PA to Robert and Marie(Bowman) Marion. He was active in the Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart, Marian MacMillan on October 14, 1956. Dick pursued his childhood passion for Scouting throughout his adult career. He completed National Training School in the Boy Scouts of America in 1960 and was commissioned as a District Scout Executive in Lancaster, PA. He continued to serve local councils in Pittsburgh, PA, Reading, PA and Rochester, NY. In 1976, he became Scout Executive in East Valley Area Council in Western, PA and moved on to lead the Gulf Ridge Council in Tampa, FL in 1981. In 1985, he became President of the Cradle of Liberty Council in Philadelphia, PA where he remained until his retirement from professional scouting in 1998. Dick traveled throughout America directing professional and volunteer seminars and served on many national task forces. He was awarded the Mary H. Hart Award by the Cradle of Liberty Council. The James E. West Fellow Award was presented to him by both the Cradle of Liberty Council and the Catalina Council for leadership contributions. He was a life member of the Scouting Heritage Society of Philadelphia. He was honored by the Military Order of the World Wars with their Patrick Henry Award for Patriotic Achievement, and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America for distinguishing himself nationally in his profession and for over twenty five years of volunteer service to his community. He was awarded the St. George Award by the Philadelphia Diocese for his service to the faith life of Catholic youth. A Rotarian, he was also a member of the Union League of Philadelphia, The Mayor's Commission on Literacy and the Joint Council of Economic Education. He was a founding board member of the Tampa Bay Latchkey Coalition and ACCESS Tampa Bay. He was recognized by the United States Readiness Command and the Joint Deployment Agency for "fostering the outstanding relationship between the military and civilian community of the Tampa Bay area." In retirement, Dick was an active member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, serving as the "shepherd" for the 3 and 4 year-old Sunday School class each week. He was a founding member of the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Foundation, mentor at the Catalina Mountain School, founding member of SaddleBrooke Golden Eagles, board member of Saddle Notes, Inc. and an active participant in the Men's Golf Association, SaddleBrooke Squares, and Kid's Closet. Dick is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marian, and daughters Julie (Mike) Bishop of Germantown, TN, Betsy (Matthew) Beck of Land 'O Lakes, FL, and Heidi Pfeifer of Dallas, TX; brother Robert Marion of Lancaster, PA; aunt Nancy Norris of Lancaster, PA; 3 granddaughters and many special "kids" from his Sunday School family over the years. Dick believed that the best in life came from helping others. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity meaningful to you.