Marketz, Franz was born in 1967 in Lienz, Tyrol, Austria. Grew up in Steinfeld, Carinthia.
From 1977-85 at BG/BRG Lienz and Bundeskonvikt Lienz boarding school. Graduated with MSc. and PhD. degrees from Mining University Leoben. Left Austria in 1995 after completion of military service as Military Scientific Expert in Vienna.