Daniel Paul Marcketta

“The guiding light of my father has proven to be the brightest star in the sky.”



Daniel Paul Marcketta passed on July 9, 2021.  He shared 74 years of love and laughter with his family.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 13th from 11 am to 1 pm at the Norman Dean Home For Services, 16 Righter Ave, Denville.  A Funeral Service will begin at 1 o’clock.  Interment with Military Honors will be held at 2:30 pm at the Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Sparta. Donations in his name may be made to the good work of Paws & Stripes by way of www.inmemof.org


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Daniel was born in Orange to the late Daniel and Mary (nee Magliaro) Marcketta.  After HS graduation he was drafted into the US Army and served our country during Vietnam. He was stationed in Germany.  Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home and began a longtime career with the USPS.  He was a letter carrier in Short Hills and made great friendships along the way.  In 1982 he was blessed to meet Leslie Taylor, and the rest was history.  They were in love and married on March 12, 1983.  Soon, they settled in Maplewood and Dan became a proud and doting Dad.  He worked even harder now to give his family a beautiful life.


In his spare time, he was an avid gardener and usually had a bounty of vegetables for friends and neighbors. He tinkered often and could always be found taking on a new DIY project at home. He could fix just about anything.


He enjoyed family vacations at the NJ shore and spending time with his fellow Veterans at the Livingston VFW. His happiest times of course though were spent with his family.  He was over the moon to be told he was going to be a Grandpa.  His best gift yet arrived in June and she is perfection.  Although we are saddened by his passing, we take comfort in knowing he is at peace and guiding us always.


He leaves joyful memories to his wife Leslie of 38 years; his sons Daniel (Suzanne) and Michael (Jessica); his granddaughter Zoe Alexandra; his sister Dianne Jones; his loyal grand pups Mia and Herman and many more dear relatives and friends.