DALLAS — Jacques de la Marre, a longtime Southwestern sales representative of better and bridge apparel and accessories, died Sunday at the James L. West Presbyterian Care Center in nearby Fort Worth. He was 69.
The cause of death was Alzheimer’s Disease.
De la Marre began as a traveling salesman in the late Fifties and was one of the original tenants of the International Apparel Mart here when it opened in 1964. It was then known as the Dallas Apparel Mart.
His showroom, Jacques de la Marre & Associates, grew into one of the largest venues in the Group III area of the Mart and was known for contemporary and young designer labels. In his heyday in the Eighties, de la Marre also operated a separate accessories showroom in the Dallas Mart and an apparel showroom in the Atlanta Apparel Mart.
He was active in the founding of the Leaseholders’ Association of the Dallas Apparel Mart in 1989.
Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Elizabeth de la Marre, who has been supervising and consolidating the business since her husband was stricken with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. She will continue to operate the showroom.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park here.

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