Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Obituary - Marcus Donnez Champion

Marcus Donnez Champion passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at the Excelsior Springs Hospital in Excelsior Springs, MO. He was born on April 4, 1988, and is the son of Sandra Champion Jones and Tyrone A. Jones. He grew up in Kansas City, MO and graduated from Hickman Mills High School in 2006. After high school, Marcus was determined to pursue a career in law enforcement. He worked in the fields of security and corrections, and later attended the Blue River Metropolitan Community College Institute of Public Safety.

Upon graduation in 2016, Marcus became a police officer on the Nevada Police Department in Nevada, MO, where he immediately impacted the community. Marcus was named Officer of the Year in 2017, by the Missouri State Commission on Housing; and recognized with the Exemplary Officer Award ……. By the Nevada Housing…….

In 2019, he was hired by the Excelsior Springs Police Department in Excelsior Springs, MO. Marcus was passionate about law enforcement and serving the community, and always learning. He achieved his ultimate career goal when he was selected to the Jackson County Sheriffs Department in April, 2022.

Marcus committed his life to Christ in 2006 when joined and was baptized by Pastor Victor L. Lee at the Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He was active in the church and served in the choir and on the youth usher board.

Marcus had a passion for life, he loved his family, and he was a compassionate friend to many. He was courageous, fearless and would try anything at least once. When he decided he wanted to be a pilot, he took lessons and learned to fly. When he decided he wanted to ride motorcycles, he learned to ride motorcycles. He loved to travel and had returned from a family trip just days prior to his passing. While doing all of this, Marcus still found time to drive for Prestige Transportation and Overland Chauffeured Services. He was a volunteer firefighter with……. and with……

Marcus was nurtured with extra special love but preceded into death by his maternal grandmother, Lucinda Pettie. Everyone who knew her knows her arms are spread wide to welcome her “Dez” home. Marcus’s father, Darryl W. Porter, and brother Darryl Porter, Jr. also preceded him in death.

Marcus leaves a legacy of loved ones to celebrate his passion for life and mankind. He is survived by his loving mother, father, and brother, Sandra Champion Jones, Tyrone A. Jones, and Tyrone A. Champion-Jones of Grandview, MO; his constant ride-or-die, devoted companion, Dinah Rushing of Excelsior Springs, MO; grandfather N.C. Taylor, Jr of Belzoni, MS; grandmothers Rose Wilson Hollins (Charles) of Raytown, MO and Lula Gratton of Kansas City, MO. His great-aunt Mary Ann Cain of Macomb Township, MI; aunts Deborah Taylor of Taylor, MI, Sharon Taylor of Warren, MI, and uncles N.C. Taylor III of Redford, MI; and Calvin J. Porter of Kansas City, MO will miss him dearly. His cousins Dyna Chambers (Greg) of Lebanon, TN; William Gale of Frisco, TX; Tara Jones of Macomb Township, MI; Braden Champion (Maria) and Sheldon Champion of Omaha, NE; Faidra Washington of Houston, TX; Dominique Taylor of Taylor, MI; De’zhanae Taylor of Warren, MI; Dezhanna Taylor of Warren, MI; Tiera Taylor, N.C. Taylor IV and Niyah Taylor of Redford, MI; and a host of other relatives and friends will cherish fond memories.

Marcus’s extended family is broad. He will be forever loved by his godparents, Sunday and Eunice Oriaku (Kansas City, MO); and two godchildren, Chandler Vanarsdall and Layla Champion. Carla Shaw and Eugene Rushing (Kansas City, MO), parents of Dinah Rushing cherished Marcus as their own son. Timmya Mitchell, Josh???? and Jayana will always remember “Champ”.

He will be missed by all in the community who had an opportunity to know him.

Visitation for Deputy Champion is being held Friday, December 23, 2022, from 0900-1100 hours at:

Memorial Missionary Baptist Church
11424 Hickman Mills Dr
Kansas City, MO 64134



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