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Marcia Dasenbrock passed away unexpectedly at her home in Apache Junction, Ariz., on
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023. She was 68 years old.
She was born July 11, 1955, to Jerry and Barbara Pfeiffer in Lewiston, Idaho. She attended Our Lady
of Lourdes, and later Lewiston High School, graduating in 1973.
She married Bill Dasenbrock in 1973, and together they had two children, Tricia and Paul. She
and Bill enjoyed camping trips, barbecues on their deck in the summer, classic cars and car
shows. They built their dream home together and took pride in maintaining a beautiful yard and
She had several careers in her life, starting at the Dairy Queen in high school, making lifelong
friends. She was a bookkeeper at Lumberman’s for several years, and worked many years as a
cook for the Clarkston School District. She credited her cooking skills to the women she worked
with and learned from along the way, back in the days when school lunches were largely made
from scratch. What she really loved about that job were the children she made meals for every
day. For many years after that job ended, she would recognize them, saying “that’s one of the
kids I fed." It broke her heart to see kids in poverty that relied on the school meals every day, and
she would stuff their pockets with extra toast or snacks if they came back to the kitchen hungry.
After her husband died in 2001, she went back to school and earned a nursing degree, working
as a CNA in the process. Although she only worked in this field for a short time, she found it
very rewarding being able to care for others.
She never stood five foot tall, but could smoke, drink and curse with the best. She was ornery
and stubborn. If you tried to tell her she couldn’t do something, she would go do it twice. She
was also very generous and caring. She never realized how strong she was until she had to
rebuild her life after her husband's death.
She retired to Arizona in 2019, and thoroughly enjoyed her days there.
She was a member of the Eagles Club in Apache Junction, and made many friends there. She
liked to go in to socialize, play bingo and watch sports, especially the Seahawks. She was a
former member of the Asotin County Fair Board. She was also involved in softball, bowling and
dart leagues in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
She enjoyed traveling and was able to take several memorable trips to Mexico, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Puerto Rico.
She loved jewelry, had a million pairs of earrings, loved bright colors and “bling." She was a
bargain shopper, and if you complimented something she was wearing, she would tell you what a
great deal she got on it.
Her family will miss watching football together, her holiday dinners and caramel corn at
Christmas time, just to name a few.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Marcia's name to Superstition Community Food Bank. This would be a great way to honor
her memory and all her years of feeding students.
She is survived by her daughter, Tricia Dasenbrock, son Paul Dasenbrock, her favorite
grandson, Lane Eckert, sister Sharil (Gordon) Knutson, brother Jay (Cathy) Pfeiffer, brother
Mark (Susan) Pfeiffer, and brother Matt Pfeiffer; sister-in-law Elaine (Jim) Bluhm, numerous
nephews, nieces. cousins and many friends, new and old.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Barbara Pfeiffer, sister Carol Rossiter,
, sister Jerri Lynn Jacobson, infant brother Michael Pfeiffer, in-laws Bud and Blanche Dasenbrock
and her beloved husband, Bill. There is comfort in knowing they are together again. She missed him so much.
A celebration of life will also be held at the Apache Junction, Eagles Club on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 2pm - 4 pm.
Those attending are encouraged to wear something colorful and sparkly.