Donald “Don” James Marshall, 92, died at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
Don was born to James and Cliffie (Alexander) Marshall in Stoutland, Mo. on June 20, 1921. He grew up in Stoutland and became the first Marshall to graduate from high school when he graduated from Stoutland High School.
He was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served honorably as a combat infantryman in the Philippines, receiving many medals, including the bronze star, for his heroism. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
After his military service he settled in Vina, Calif. where he worked at his carpentry trade for a number of years.
In 1962 he moved to Lakeview, where he met Helen and in 1968 they slipped off to Reno and were married. Together, they established Don’s Janitorial Service, which they ran successfully until they retired. They then settled into their dream home they built together on the Westside.
Don was a dedicated, long-time member of the Lakeview First Baptist Church and put in many hours helping with the landscaping. When not at the Church, Don could quite often be found working in the yard at the Senior Center. He had and practiced the Biblical ministry of helps.
Don enjoyed most outdoor activities, especially skiing, snowmobiling, camping and fishing. Since he could build and fix just about anything, he spent many hours of pleasure restoring vintage automobiles and even built his own sail boat. Don was truly a talented man and enjoyed sharing his talents with others.
He was preceded in death by wife, Helen and siblings, Ruth, Dane, Helen and Harley.
Don is survived by daughters, Connie (John) Byrd of Red Bluff, Calif., Carole Andersen of Lakeview and Kathy Marshall of Oroville, Calif; step-children, Marie Diener of Kelowna, Canada and Billie (Sue) Neal of Lakeview; brothers, Norman (Jane) Marshall of Lakeview and Ken (Carol) Marshall of Lakeview; sister, Donna (Emmett) Blackmun of Grants Pass; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Lakeview First Baptist Church. Military honors were offered by the Lakeview Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 4070 at the private interment in Sunset Park Cemetery.
Contributions may be sent the 1st Baptist Church Paraklete Fund, 910 N 2nd St., Lakeview 97630 or Senior Center, 11 N. G St., Lakeview or a charity of donor’s choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.