of Batesville, AR
June 13, 1947 - July 20, 2021
John Anthony Marotta, 74, of Batesville passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021. He was born June 13, 1947, in Jersey City, New Jersey to John Michael Marotta and Michalena ''Margie'' Gualteri Marotta. As a young boy John attended St. Boniface Kindergarten in Jersey City, NJ, Holy Rosary Elementary in Jersey City, St. Catherine's Elementary in Spring Lake, New Jersey, and graduated from Manasquan High School in Manasquan, New Jersey. He received his BA degree from Arkansas College and BS from Arkansas State University. During his time in college he served as President of the Student Christian Association from 1966-1970, Newman Club President, Lieutenant Governor of MO-ARK Circle K. International, was also held the Honors of the 4th Degree in Knights of Columbus and Gamma Delta Iota Fraternity. During his adult years, he worked as a Lab Technician in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Jersey Shore Medical Center; he managed the family deli in Spring Lake, New Jersey and Point Pleasant, New Jersey. He worked as a Lab Technician at Gray's Hospital, Newport Hospital, and for 30+ years he worked for White River Medical Center Lab. John was of the Catholic faith; he was a social butterfly and he loved people and had an epic sense of humor. He enjoyed cooking, spending time with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and pets. He took pride in his work at the hospital. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jane Atkinson Marotta of the home; two sons, John M. Marotta (Tomacenia) of Fayetteville and Daniel J. Marotta (Gina) of Carrabelle, Florida; daughter, Laura K. Caraway (Blake) of Batesville; three sisters, Grace Marie Buckley of Spring Lake, New Jersey, Alicia Marie Marotta of Bricktown, New Jersey, and Anna Marie Ramsey of Spring Lake, New Jersey; seven grandchildren, Samuel (Kristina) Hardin, Nicholas (Miranda) Hardin, Katelyn (Bryson) Williford, Michael T. Marotta, Ryker Caraway, Rylee Caraway, and Ally Caraway; and four great-grandchildren, Zaiden Barnes, Allie Gardner, Cameron Hardin, and Natalie Hardin. He was preceded in death by his parents.Pallbearers are Samuel Hardin, Michael Marotta, Charles Coe, Nicholas Hardin, Bryson Williford, and Jeff Wyatt. Graveside services will begin at 1:00 pm Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with Father Stephen Gadberry officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers please make donations in his honor to Humane Society of Independence County, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville, AR 72501.
Dear Jane, We are so sorry to learn of the recent passing of your beloved John. He was such a great guy way back during our days at Arkansas College together. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of great loss and grief. Sincerely, Becky Ford Doster, Ron Ford and Robert Ford, Jr.
As a nurse at both Gray’s Hospital and WRMC, I worked with John. His was always a steady hand and a calm voice in the midst of chaos. He will be greatly missed by you all, I know. My prayers are with you.I hope you can find comfort in knowing he is with our loving Father in Heaven. Regina Bryant
May the entire family always remember the smiles, laughter, and great memories with him. P.S. I'm a close friend of Grace.
My dear, precious Mrs. Marotta, I am heartbroken for you. I am so sorry that I didn’t get to attend John’s service. I love you, and I am lifting your family up in my prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with John for many years at WRMC. He was always kind and outgoing to everyone. He made you smile even when situations were stressful. Heaven gained a bright star! My prayer is for comfort and peace for the family. GOD bless you all.
The world will be a little duller place without John. Conversation always revolved around food, pets or family. He loved them all.
Jane, I will be praying for God's comfort for you and your family.
So sorry to hear about John's passing. No doubt he will be missed. Thanks John, you were a wonderful friend of our family. What a great family. I remember y'all and highschool like it was yesterday. So many lives have been made better by knowing John and Jane. Even Daniel and I didn't turn out so bad. God bless you and your family. Nick
Oh my dear brother they are laying you to rest today. I'm so glad we saw you before you left us and you knew we were there with you.We have so many wonderful memories and so many good times that we shared. You are the best brother that anyone could ever ask for and I am so lucky that I had you in my life.You are in my thoughts and prayers everyday.I love you Johnny 💗❤💝LoveAlicia
Our sincerest condolences to John's wife and family. I've lost a close cousin who I spent many summers and adventures with at Jersey shore. Regret not making more of an effort to stay in touch over the years. Always thought of you as a big brother. Rest in peace
Jane and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.❤️🙏❤️🙏
Mrs.Marotta,I'm so sorry to hear that John has passed away. My dad loved working with him at the hospital and he was very blessed to have him as a friend. Our family is lifting you guys up in prayer! Love y'all
Thanks for being my friend. You made the years at WRMC lab much more enjoyable..prayers for your family
So sorry to hear about John. Always a shock when you lose someone so loved at such a young age.
Mrs. Marotta,I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Marotta's passing. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
I must have seen John everyday of the 10 years I worked at WRHS. Such a nice person. Always had a friendly smile and a good word to say when we'd see each other in the halls or cafeteria. So sorry to hear of his passing and my heart goes out to his loved ones.
So sorry to hear of John’s passing. John was an excellent staff member and WRMC was a better hospital because of John! I’ll certainly miss John and will retain great memories of my time with him.
So sorry for your loss, i worked with John for many years at WRMC. He will be missed.
I enjoyed working with John over many years at White River Medical Center. He was always cheerful and helpful. Haven't seen him in a while, which I am sorry for. Condolences from my wife, Mary and from me> Don Vollman
Laura , so sorry for your loss. Prayer for comfort for you and all family.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this PRECIOUS MAN.He was always a pleasure during my time at WRMC. May GOD comfort each of you during this time of loss.
John will be greatly missed. I enjoyed working with him many years at WRMC. He always had a smile or fun story to share. Prayers for Ms. Marotta and family. ❤
I was just heartbroken to hear of John’s passing. I’ve known him since I was a small child. He was really something and definitely knew how to make you smile. Many prayers.
Jane and family, I am sorry for your loss. John had an outgoing personality and was always so friendly. Please know that I am close should you need anything.
John was one of my fraternity brothers. A great friend and a wonderful person. To the members of his family I'm sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of John. I worked with him as a volunteer at the hospital. He was a wonderful gentleman. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.
John and Jane have been part of our family since they attended Arkansas College. He always had a smile on his face and a joke in his head. He will surely will be missed by all that knew him.
I am so sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers are with each of your families. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort during these trying times.
We will continue to pray for this sweet family due to their loss. Always remember the memories you have with him because they are treasures to hold dear to your heart. You can see in his eyes the love he had for his family.
Laura I am so sorry for the loss of your father, may God give you and your family strength to get through the days ahead, and may many memories bring much comfort, you are all in our prayers . 🙏
I enjoyed the years I worked with John. His sense of humor was refreshing. Prayers for all of the family! He will be missed!
To All the Marotta family ,we are so very sorry for your loss. We have you all in our prayers praying each one of you can find peace at this sorrowful time.
Mrs. Marotta, I am so very sorry for your loss! I will never forget the day that Mr. Marotta brought a sub sandwich to our senior class! It was such a nice gesture from the both of you! Thank you for all you both have done for our community, since moving your family here. We love you very much!!
So Sorry. Thinking of you as I often do. Know you loved him with all your heart.
Laura, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You and the rest of your family are in our thoughts and prayers.May God Bless and Keep you comforted during this time of loss.
Laura, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Father. May your many wonderful memories of him give you comfort and peace. God bless you and your family during this difficult time.
Laura, I am so sorry for your loss!!! May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.
Peaceful rest, ole friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mr Marotta was a very friendly kind and funny person. He never met a stranger. He will sure be missed. Rest in peace my friend.
Dear Jane, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow. May God provide you grace and peace during this difficult time.
Laura-so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time!