James Marcus Wright (Marc) of Columbia, 47, went to be with Jesus, his Savior, on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 after his three year fight, winning his brave journey with cancer.

Friends will be received from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Parker-Millard Funeral Home. A celebration of Marc’s life will be held at the Crossing Church in Columbia, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 11:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Columbia Cemetery.

Marc was born on July 8, 1970 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo. to Don and Jimmie Wright. From a young boy at the age of four getting a dress-up firefighter’s uniform for Christmas to carrying an Emergency 51 lunch box to school as an elementary-aged student, Marc had a dream and calling on his life to become a Firefighter and an Emergency Medical Technician. This dream was fulfilled when he joined the Boone County Fire District at the age of 18.

Past Division Chief Marc Wright, submitted photo.

During Marc’s high school years, his time spent as a volunteer firefighter for the Boone County Fire District only reinforced this call through having opportunities like riding Rescue Squad 1 on April 12, 1985. Finally after much hard work and perseverance, Marc began his elite career with the Boone County Fire District in July of 1988 as a volunteer at Fire Station #5. He worked his way up to Lieutenant and during those first years as a volunteer, he also obtained his certification as a Emergency Medical Technician at age 19. In 1989, he was hired as an EMT for Boone Hospital Center where he spent 25 years serving the community. In 2015, he retired from this great honor. On June 27, 1992, Marc was hired as a firefighter for the City of Columbia Fire Department. He served the City of Columbia for 25 years as Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, and Division Chief, retiring in February of 2017.

Marc was a 1988 graduate of Hickman High School and a loving member of Centerpoint Church where he enjoyed singing in the praise team. Marc defined the word uncle, friend, and mentor. He will be remembered for selflessly giving his time to be with those he cared about. Marc was a devoted sports fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Missouri Tigers, and he loved playing all kinds of sports and games with his family and friends. In addition, Marc influenced the lives of many young people through baseball, basketball, and football teams of which he was an avid fan. The legacy Marc leaves will inspire others to be the best version of themselves.

Marc is survived by his loving parents, Don and Jimmie Wright of Columbia; three sisters, Amy Wilson, Angela deMik and husband Steven, and Allison Archibeque and husband Daniel; brother, Don Wright, Jr. and wife Michele; eleven nieces and nephews; four great-nieces and nephews; and a host of other extended family members. In addition to his family, Marc is survived by the faithful members and brother and sisterhood of The Boone County Fire District, The Columbia Fire Department, and The EMS Services of Boone County. Also left to cherish, Lindsey Ragsdale and son, Dylan.

The family would like to share a sincere appreciation for all the prayers, love, and support given. In Marc’s memory, a memorial has been established athttps://www.gofundme.com/marcwrightfuneralfund . “Well done my good and faithful Son!” – Don Wright, Sr. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash St, Columbia, Mo. 65203; 573-449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at



JAN 30. 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory

12 East Ash Street

Columbia, MO, US, 65203


JAN 31. 11:00 AM

The Crossing

3615 Southland Dr

Columbia, MO, US, 65201