Tributes to Phil Marks, Rather Outdoors VP of Sales
Phil Marks, Senior Vice President of Sales at US tackle company Rather Outdoors, has died. Marks, who was 55, passed at his home in Dallas, Texas, after a long battle with cancer.
Marks spent his professional life in the fishing industry. For many years he was Head of Research and Development at Strike King, collaborating with pro anglers to produce baits that claimed numerous wins at every level of tournament angling.
These included Bassmaster Classic titles, Bassmaster and FLW Angler of the Year titles and numerous wins on Bassmaster, FLW and MLF tours. “His influence and accomplishments within the fishing industry cannot be easily measured,” said an announcement from Rather Outdoors.
Marks was also an accomplished tournament angler in his own right. He competed in 49 FLW events, winning three and securing 14 top ten finishes.
Rather Outdoors CEO, Ken Eubanks paid tribute to Marks, saying: “I can say without question that Phil Marks left his unique mark on me, as he did so many others. The best words I have to describe Phil are that he uniquely embodied everything that is right about the fishing industry and this lifestyle we’re all so passionate about.
“Phil was unique, genuine and authentic in everything he did, both within his profession and his life overall. He will be deeply missed, and I consider him a truly irreplaceable part of our company, and my life, along with the many other lives he’s touched over the years.”
Marks is survived by his wife, Robin, and children Taylor and her husband, Austin, Payton and Hunter, his father Phil and his sister Leann and her husband Nathan.