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A "Maracle" Worker

by Office of Marketing | July 30, 2014
Dave Maracle
Every summer, a tri-tone motor home encamps in the parking lot behind Solomon’s Porch. While those unfamiliar with the site of the motor home might think that its owners are simply passing by on a westward odyssey, they are really here for several months of volunteer labor. What is more surprising is that these hard-working volunteers are actually part of the school’s highest governing body. 
 
Dave Maracle grew up in Boston, Mass., in Charlestown, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. After attending Boston Latin School and The English High School of Boston, two of the oldest public schools in the country and among the most prestigious, Maracle went on to receive his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Lowell Technological Institute (now University of Massachusetts Lowell).
 
His time in graduate school was accompanied by work on the MIM-23 Hawk guided missile system; as a student he helped engineers transcribe plans into military specifications. Maracle spent 40 years working with the Hawk system, taking it through various phases of improvement. After graduate school, he was employed by one of the leading defense contractors, Raytheon – the world’s largest producer of guided missiles, including the MIM-104 Patriot and MIM-23 Hawk. His time at Raytheon took him on sales trips around the world and placed him in both American and British courts as an expert witness.
 
Throughout his career, Dave and his wife Linda always loved to travel; so, when the time for retirement came in 2008, they naturally considered touring the country in their motor home. After all, they had already been serving part-time since 2000 with MAPS RV (Mission America Placement Service Recreational Vehicle) volunteers, an Assemblies of God ministry that strives to help meet needs for construction and renovations. So when they were presented with the opportunity to become missionaries to the Northeast through the RVers, as the group is more commonly known, they gladly accepted.
 
Since the beginning of their journey as RVer missionaries, one of their favorite stops has been their annual summer stint right here at VFCC — where they each spend over 30 hours a week to help the college with maintenance, construction and office work. Maracle has painted countless walls, finished numerous carpentry projects and helped change the face of the campus. But some might wonder why the Maracles so thoroughly enjoy serving on this campus for three to four months every year. The reason is straightforward.
 
Dave has been a member of the VFCC Board of Trustees since 2000. Two years after his youngest son, Timothy Maracle ’97, graduated from the school, Dave received word that the board had an opening. When he was officially nominated for the position, he gladly accepted. “This school has been so instrumental in our son’s ministry,” said Dave, “and that’s one reason why we want to continue to support Valley Forge.”
 
Timothy Maracle went on to complete the Master of Divinity program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and ultimately entered the United States Army Chaplain Corps, having recently qualified for and completed Special Forces combat training (which required additional approval from the chief of chaplains). He now serves as a Green Beret chaplain at Fort Carson in Colorado.
 
“In addition to our son and other chaplains, we have seen the ministries that young people go into when they graduate from here,” said Maracle. Facilitating the success of the students is another reason why he serves on the board and why the Maracles continue to volunteer their time during the summer months.
 
“We want to see the school not just continue to exist,” said Maracle, “but to grow … and I feel what my wife and I can do here is to support the school with our labor and then encourage other RVers to come support Valley Forge.”