Marion King Roberts

Marion King Roberts was born in Hutchinson, KS, July 14, 1947 to Rubie King and Thomas Allen Roberts.  He died July 17, 2021.  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marcia, and sons Seth (Susanne) of Lawrence, and  Spencer (Brittany) of Pacifica, CA., and nine grand children.

He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from William Jewell College, his Masters in Music from Kansas State University, and his D.M.A. from the University of Kansas.  He was Chairman of the Department of Music and Director of Music Education at Baker University from 1975-1985.  He was Director of Bands at Blue Valley North High School from 1986-2014.  He was past president and charter member of the Kansas Bandmasters Association, KBA Outstanding Bandmaster, and twice selected as One of Fifty Directors Who make a Difference by the School Band and Orchestra magazine. He received many other teaching awards.  He was inducted into the Kansas Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2017.  Until recently he served as associate conductor and President of the Board of Directors of the Lawrence City Band and conductor of the De Soto Brass Band.

He loved vacations with his family from the mountains to the beach, time at the lake sailing and water skiing. He was a car enthusiast and dog lover who never met a stranger.  He was a mentor and teacher to thousands.

Open memorial celebration will be at Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, July 31 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Service at 1:30 p.m.  Masks required for the unvaccinated…please!  Link to parking:  https://ibb.co/qnQhNWM

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lawrence City Band (reference Marion Roberts Memorial Fund), 1619 East 686th Road, Lawrence, KS 66049.

Messages & Condolences

From Amy (Hammontree) Sherman...

There are very few teachers who you remember for the rest of your life. Doc was one of them. Thanks for all the wonderful memories of BVN Band.

From Tremon Kizer...

Marcia and Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of an amazing man. A man I learned so much from when I was a student and teacher in Kansas. Dr. Roberts was one of the fine models we had as students and teachers. His legacy will carry forward not only in the state of Kansas, but all over the world to those who learned from him. I am forever blessed to have known one of the greats. Thank you for allowing us to learn from him. God allowed Dr. Roberts to bless us all.

From Deb Pye...

Whenever I encountered Marion—out on a walk, in the Merc—he always stopped to talk and made my life brighter. He had the gift of sharing joy with others.

From Mary Pat McQueeney...

Thinking of you, Marcia.

From Craig Manteuffel, KSHSAA...

Marcia and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss of a great man, educator and friend. Marion was truly one of the most caring and special people in our music community! Take care!

From JOHN ESAU...

A fine musician, consummate teacher, valued mentor, and a loyal friend. An example to all and a true gentleman. I will miss you, my friend. My condolences to Marcia and family and the thousands of students, colleagues and friends who’s lives Marion impacted.

From Don Regehr...

My sincere condolences to your family. Marion was such a kind and caring man. I had the privilege of serving on the KBA board when he was president of our organization. He welcomed me and made an impression on my life as I’m sure he did with the many students he taught. Marion was loved and respected in his profession. Cherish all those fond memories. I send prayers for strength and comfort to the family.

From Johannah H Cox...

Marcia and Seth and Spencer, as you grieve this loss, please know that Marion and his life and his work impacted so many of us in ways that are hard to put into words. Rest in peace, Doc. We have all benefited by knowing and working with you.

From Travis Johnson...

Marcia and Family,
Marion was an amazing and kind man. His impact on his students, colleagues and Kansas bands is legendary in our state. He was loved and adored by those who knew him well. He was a mentor we all aspire to be.

From Judy Winter Meyer...

Count mine among the many sad hearts. We had multiple connections over time. Truly, one of the best humans to grace this earth. He will always be remembered with much fondness and gratitude. Condolences to all the family.

From Dyamond Hutton...

Doc was such an important person to me during high school. My first interaction with him during band was while we were practicing parade marching for the first time. He yelled “Hey Red, march in step” and I looked around to see if the other redhead, Mitchell, was there that day. He wasn’t. Doc was talking to me and he giggled a bit when I pointed at myself in a sort of “Wait, me? You’re talking to me?” It was a funny moment and one that showed Doc’s sense of humor. He was such a wonderful man and so thoughtful for all of his students. So many different days, he would make sure we were okay if we seemed off walking around the band room. I am truly so sorry that he has passed because he was such a wonderful man.

From Lou Ann Gebhards...

So sorry to hear this news. I have great memories of Marion when he was a grad student at KSU and I was a lowly flute, non-music major in the marching and symphonic bands. Can still see that smile. Happy to connect with him years later as I enjoyed listening to the Lawrence City Band.

From Loren and Bev Dolezal...

We got to know Marion in the New Horizons band and had the greatest respect for him. We are so sorry to learn of his passing. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

From Don Farthing...

To know Marion, is to know one who was a friend to all and who always had your back. Our friendship was connected to our beloved Kansas Bandmasters Association the we helped to begin. Marion always was around to offer advice to the newbies and cavorting with the gray beards. His smile was limitless and his euphonium playing marvelous. His wit and knowledge will be missed by everyone. Rest in Peace, good and faithful servant!

From Josh Maddux...

You had such a profound impact on my growth through high school and beyond as I became a band director and as I grew as a man. You were my inspiration and driving force in my career choice, even when you joked that it “wasn’t too late to choose a more profitable career”! I always lit up seeing you at district and state band events, and was honored to be considered a colleague. No one was a stranger to you, even if it was your first time meeting them. I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to learn from you, for your guidance, your mentorship, your humor, and your friendship. I will miss you dearly. Thank you for everything. Love you, Doc.

From Bill Thomas...

What a tremendous gentleman and mentor. When I was a “pup” band director, he treated me like I was one of the gang. As I worked with him in Kansas Bandmasters Association he took me under his wing when he was the president and I was his vice president. He was always kind, caring and helpful. He touched so many lives especially of students, but he was a mentor to so many band directors over the years as well through his actions. Marion was definitely a person who left the world a better place.

From Rick Mitchell...

Sending condolences and love to your family. I will always remember the rare and wonderful time we had together hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

From Jeannie Merritt...

Doc: the world is a little dimmer today without you, but so much brighter due to the sparks you ignited is thousands of students.

From Theodora Stoupakis...

Knowing
doc was like knowing someone who would never give up on you. He constantly inspired others and was the kindest man i’d ever met. My stepdad, Seth is the reason i met this man and got to call him my grandfather. Though we were not blood, the family ran thick and he will be dearly missed by me and all my siblings. To a great man and his next adventure

From Becky Mondi...

We’ve lost a treasure in our midst.
My sympathy to all of your family.

From Jon Hof...

You were the most important mentor In my life during the most challenging days in my youth. I will be forever grateful for you and your encouragement. I am so blessed to have had four years with you. Thank you.

From Jason Charney...

It’s difficult to put into words how much of an impact you made on my life and so many others. You knew how to motivate and bring out the best in every kind of student – both as musicians and as young people undergoing the turbulence of maturity. You gave me confidence to pursue music professionally, gave me opportunities to compose and play, and the trust and responsibility to grow into a man. I think about you often and will continue to do so as long as I live, make music, and teach.

Thanks for your spirit, your service, your energy. We were all so lucky to have you in our lives! I love you!

From Courtney (Jay) Pesek...

Marcia, Seth and Spencer,
My heart is with you all. His love of music, his family, and his students was beyond measure. He lit up lives in a forever ripple effect. He was the sun in our sky for many years. I cherrish our friendship, it was so so special to me. The friendships that were created under his direction, are still a forever bond. From sharing many years with kids, parents, adults, all of us shared this beautiful common bond of love of music. If you knew Doc, you loved him, his friends, and his family. He made all of us feel so special, so seen, so cared for. To me, he was magic. May his smile always been seen, may his presence always be felt, may his love of music always be heard in our hearts and souls. He is forever in our hearts. Your family will forever be in our thoughts.

From Laura Turanski...

20+ years later and I can still picture you, Doc, at the podium conducting “Poeme Montagnard”. You were one of a kind and will be truly missed, but never forgotten.

From Warren and Erin Kolz...

Marcia, Seth and Spencer, We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Marion’s passing. We have such fond memories of being long time neighbors in the Cottages. We think of you all fondly and will be praying for you. Warren and Erin Kolz

From Brooke Grant...

I am one of the lucky orchestra students who had the benefit of learning from Doc when we were between orchestra conductors at BVNHS and he stepped up to teach even though he still had all the band responsibilities. He took the time to really enjoy the strings music and to get to personally know each student. He almost always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. I went back to BVN years later and he was one of the few remaining teachers from my time there. He remembered me instantly, embraced me in a big hug and insisted on giving me a tour of the building, pointing out things that changed and updating me on what he knew about the teachers that had retired. Doc, I will never ever forget you, or how much your passion for music education in the state of Kansas made a difference in people’s lives. Rest in peace!

From Mike Schlenk...

Dr. Roberts was the only high school teacher I ever cared to see after graduation. Such as solid guy. I was fortunate enough to spend a bit of time with him in recent years, despite being graduated for 30 years. I consider myself very fortunate to be in/at his KMEA HOF speech and played for him one last time in 2019. I someday wish to be the kind of person and retiree he was: happy, supportive, and encouraging. He was a role model in many ways.

From Mary Lee...

I am so sorry to hear about Marion. The kids and I will always remember how kind he was to us.

From Karen and Lyle Cain...

Doc was a special music teacher to my boys at Blue Valley North. Brian Cain, 2008 and Jeffrey Cain 2015. As a band parent on many band events, he was a great leader as well as musician. I will have you all in my prayers and thoughts.

From Jewel and Larry Smith...

We are so sorry for your loss Marcia and family. May you be comforted by friends and family during this very sensitive time.

From Nancy Hawkins...

I can’t believe I was just thinking of Marion during the last city band concert, and now I mourn the loss of his wonderful friendship and mentorship in our New Horizons Band. Marion and I have known each other since our K-State days in the Pride of Wildcat Band, then we renewed our musical friendship when Alan was one of Marion’s doctoral committee members at KU. I am so sorry for your loss, Marcia. Please take heart that you both fought the good fight and now Marion is at peace. Many, many lives will not be the same now that his light is gone. Love and hugs to you and all of your family.

From Ann Meier...

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of a special man who touched the lives of so many and was much appreciated by all. May the wonderful memories of Doc provide your family with comfort. I God’s care, he rests. Isaiah 26:19; Psalm 37: 29

From Sharon D. Learned...

Your light shined bright in this world, encouraging all. Marcia, you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.

From Julie Lindsay...

Marcia and family,
Doc was a wonderful man touching and influencing the lives of countless students and friends. He was one of my biggest encouragers and his smile will remain forever in my heart!

From Jodi Johnson...

Doc, your contagious positive attitude and many inspirational contributions to BVN students & staff will remain a lasting legacy. We are all better because we knew you.

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