Larry Calvin Marcum of the Bethesda Community in Williamson County TN passed away the 3rd day of June 2022. Born November 30, 1950, in Oneida, TN, he was the youngest son of M L and Julia Stanfill Marcum who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia “Pat” Marcum, a daughter, Micah LeDaniel Sauter and husband Dusty of Franklin, TN, a son, Matthew Landon Marcum and wife Olivia of Knoxville, TN, one brother, Mearle Lynn Marcum of Oneida, TN, two grandsons, Jeremiah and Sloan Sauter of Franklin, TN, two granddaughters Lillian and Maeven Marcum of Knoxville, TN, and a host of other family and friends.
His love of the outdoors led him to pursue an education in Wildlife Science from the University of Tennessee where he received a B.S. degree in 1971 and a M.S. degree in 1974. He was one of the early researchers to study black bear biology in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 1974, he moved to Middle Tennessee with his wife to take a position as a wildlife biologist with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and remained with TWRA for the duration of his 32-year professional wildlife career. He was instrumental in the creation of many successful wildlife programs, including the sportsman’s lifetime license and the passage of legislation for the bluebird license plate. A highlight of his career was his significant contribution to the reintroduction of Elk to TN at Royal Blue WMA on December 19, 2000. He was also instrumental in the formation of the TWRA Foundation.
He retired from his position of Chief of Wildlife of TWRA in 2006. He remained an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt, fish, and hike. He loved to travel with his wife. He was a member of the BMW Motorcycle Club of Nashville Tennessee and enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada with other club members.
Friends may visit with the Marcum family on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 1 p.m. until time of the Celebration of Life service at 3 p.m. in the chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with Bro. Keith Marcum officiating.
Committal service will follow in the Marcum-Kidd Cemetery in Oneida.
The pallbearers will be Darrel Burke and Douglas Pittman.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Dave Bonner, Larry Beeman, Willis Gainer, Steve Patrick, Ron Fox, Earl Bentz, Mike Pelton, Jim Byford, friends from TWRA, and members of the BMW Motorcycle Club of Nashville.
Memorials may be made to the TWRA Foundation.
West-Murley Funeral Home is serving the family of Larry Calvin Marcum.