Justin Dean Markel

November 19, 2021

CHARLOTTE – Justin Dean Markel, 52, passed away Friday, November 19, 2021 from complications of sugar diabetes.  He was born November 30, 1968 to Stephen and Jenny (Maley) Markel and raised in Arvada, CO.

Justin graduated from Arvada West High School at the age of 17 and attended college at Arizona State University and the University of Colorado.  After marrying and starting his family, he spent many years as a successful real estate appraiser.  For the last decade or so Justin called Charlotte, NC his home.  It was there that he found his passion as an advocate for the homeless.  He was employed by UNC Charlotte as a Peer Research Specialist.  As part of the team Justin did field work interviewing individuals who were experiencing homelessness.  In doing so he not only added to the data collection and analysis of the study, but also make them aware of shelters and resources available to them.  Justin was always known as a laid-back guy with a great sense of humor. He was an avid reader and a big fan of NASCAR racing.  He had also recently become interested in walking labyrinths as a form of meditation. 

In addition to his parents Justin is survived by his three children, Courtney, Carly, and Dean Markel and a grandson, Timothy.   Also surviving is a sister, Meredith Laughlin and a brother, Jonas Markel.

Memorials may be offered in memory of Justin to Roof Above, Attn: Philanthropy Office, PO Box 31335, Charlotte, NC 28231 or to https://www.roofabove.org/donate/.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Moira Quinn

    Justin was a dedicated, smart, gentle and sweet soul. He was deeply connected to his colleagues and the neighbors he served. I learned from Justin and appreciated everything he did and said. His death is a loss for our entire community.

  • Gena Robinson

    Justin was an amazing person and will be missed. I have wonderful memories of conversations...debates... with him. His passion, intelligence, empathy, and gratitude were always evident. I know he was grateful for everyone here in Moore Place and Roof Above community and he knew how much we cared for him.