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Obituaries > GORTON, MARCUS

A memorial service for Marcus “Mike” Gorton, 56, will be held Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalists Fellowship Church. Born June 19, 1921, in Wyeth, Ore. Mr. Gorton died Tuesday [July 19, 1977] at his Anchorage residence of natural causes. He had lived in Anchorage since 1963 and had been employed as a psychiatric technician. For the past few years he was a culinary worker on the trans-Alaska pipeline. After having enlisted in the armed forces on Pearl Harbor day in 1941, he chose the Marine Corps and later volunteered for the First Marine Raider Battalion. His service in the South Pacific encounters, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa, earned him three Purple Hearts and a citation from President Roosevelt. Mr. Gorton leaves his wife, Virginia E. Gorton, two daughters, Judy Ann Horner and Susan Marie Connolly, all of Anchorage, his mother, Hada Gorton, of Oregon City, Ore., two sisters, Mrs. Toni Hansky of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Neva Wilson of Depoe Bay, Ore., and two grandchildren.