Marc Ernest DuQuette
Marc Ernest DuQuette was born on July 23, 1942, in Long Beach.
DuQuette served in the U.S. Army Infantry, Army Reserve, and the Nebraska National Guard, receiving an honorable discharge in December 1967.
During the 1960s and ‘70s, DuQuette lived in Costa Mesa and other areas of Orange County. It was during this time frame that DuQuette became immersed in the counter-culture movement, which was sweeping the nation. He became a member of many radical social justice groups, including Vietnam Veterans Against the War, the Cuban-based Venceremos Brigade, and the Maoist October League/Communist Party Marxist-Leninist group.
For most of 1968, DuQuette lived in the woods of Southern Oregon as one of the leaders of an idealist hippie commune he founded and his very eclectic circle of friends, trying to relate to a world they felt was failing them in a new way. DuQuette wrote about this incredible time of rebirth and disillusionment in his memoir, “Orange Sunshine: How I Almost Survived America’s Cultural Revolution,” sharing his pure personal vision of the ‘60s, the downward spiral of his addictions and his intense run-ins with the police as his life spun completely out of control.
On Dec. 19, 1981, DuQuette became sober and inwardly turned his life over to helping others with their addictions. In 1983, he became certified as a recovery counselor, working with alcoholics, addicts and co-dependents. Duquette’s spiritual journey had begun in earnest.
He continued this noble work all the way to the end of his earthly journey, leaving us all on March 22, 2015. DuQuette’s many worldwide clients of over 25 years feel his loss keenly. His warmth, compassion, humor and profound non-judgmental “listening” have left a great void.
In addition to DuQuette’s recovery counseling, he also worked quietly for several decades with the HIV/AIDS population lecturing on high risk behavior to counselors and therapists.
In 1985, Duquette married his soulmate, Kathleen, in Laguna Beach, where they lived for almost 27 years until relocating to the beautiful Hill Country near Austin, Tex.
DuQuette is survived by Kathleen and his younger brother Lon Milo DuQuette of Costa Mesa, Calif.