2013-09-12 / Obituaries

Marcus Dillard Shouse

Marcus Dillard Shouse, better known to many as Dr. Shouse, was born to Elton Shouse and Margaret Evelyn Prince Shouse on Feb. 19, 1947. He was raised in Knoxville, Tenn., a member of a family dedicated to medical science.

His father, a physician, specialized in the field of gynecology. His older brother William later became an internist and like Marcus, an emergency room physician. His sister Nicki Shouse-Faber became a renowned research scientist, and professor in neurology at UCLA, studying brain activity in clinical research. She is well known for her research in the use of Adderall.

Marcus’ desire for a career in medicine only later emerged. He was accepted to the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis where he graduated with a degree of Doctor of Medicine. Internship and residency then followed at St. Mary’s Medical Center in California only blocks away from the Haight-Ashbury of San Francisco. Dr. Shouse trained in the field of Internal Medicine.

At Doctor’s Medical Center’s Urgent Care Center in Modesto, he met Laura. “She was the best nurse I ever met,” he later said, and married her. Marcus and Laura worked together professionally for 20 years at many places including Memorial Medical Center, and Delano Regional Medical Center. They had two children together, first Scotty, who is pursuing a career in law, then Stephanie who is now pursuing a career in medicine.

In Mariposa, he met his beloved soul mate, Jackie Burns, whom he deeply cherished and loved and who was with him to the very last day of his life. Though they did not officially marry, he always lovingly referred to her as his wife.

In Mariposa, he fully retired from medicine in 2006, his health in decline. Though retired, he readily supported from behind the scenes the hospital and the physician group he had built with Dr. Joseph Rogers that continues to serve at John C. Fremont.

Marcus was a remarkable man who will be greatly missed by many. He touched hearts wherever he went with his deep kind, humorous soul. He was always working towards solutions, never complaining and always a true pleasure to be around. He cared deeply about all of his friends and associates. After 66 years, six months and eight days, though all too brief, the life of this most unusual man came to end.

He is survived by his children Scott Shouse and Stephanie Shouse both of San Diego, sister Dr. Margaret Nicki Shouse Farber of Los Angeles, maternal aunts and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor of Knoxville and Mrs. Jim Gardner of Theodore, Ala., paternal aunts and uncles Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand Smith of Asheville, N.C. and Mr. and Mrs. William Shouse of Guntersville, Ala. and many cousins. Marcus is preceded in death by his parents and brother William Shouse, M.D.

A community gathering and celebration of Marcus Shouse’s life will be held at the Mariposa Senior Activity Center at 5246 Spriggs Lane on Sept. 29 between 2 and 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Please bring your stories, a dish and any photos you would like to share.

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