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Gene Marshall

February 24, 1931 - March 15, 2019

Eugene P. Marshall, 88, a resident of Capital Manor, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019.  Public viewing will be at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services Saturday, March 23rd, from 11 AM - 1 PM followed by a Celebration of Life in the auditorium at Capital Manor at 3 PM.  

Gene was born in Martinez, CA and raised in Central and Southern California by his father Eugene Phillips Marshall and mother Clara Elizabeth Marshall.  He had two younger brothers Adrian (Red) Larry Marshall and David Ray Marshall all of which preceded Gene in death.
He began performing as a soloist with his violin at the age of 5, and on May 16, 1937, having just turned 6, performed for the first time as a concert violinist in a performance by junior musicians of the San Francisco Bay area at the Oakland Civic Auditorium.  However, one of his most memorable performances as a youngster was when he played at the Worlds Fair at Treasure Island in 1939.  At age 15 he was a guest soloist with the San Francisco Symphony.
After high-school Gene enlisted in the Navy and within a short time contracted Polio which ended his naval career with an honorable medical discharge.  After a lengthy recovery Gene married Ardis on April 6, 1956.  Gene was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to teach his kids everything he knew, especially when it came to fishing.   He graduated Oregon State University in 1973 with a degree in accounting.  Gene’s most valued thing in life was love for God and his family.  He set an example for all to follow.
 He is survived by his wife Velma “Ardis” Marshall, 6 children Laurie VandeStreek (Marv), Dr. Daniel Marshall (Andrea), LaVerne Widmer (Dave), Anita DeBoard (Kirk), Timothy Marshall (Michaelle), and Wayne Marshall (Donna).  15 grandchildren:  Katie Penn, Sean Scales, Chrissy McCormick, Michael Marshall, Sarah Linden, David Widmer, Jessica Bernhardt, Jeremy DeBoard, Stephanie Marshall, Bradley Marshall, Joshua Marshall, Jazmin Leslie and Breanna Marshall, Natalie Marshall and McKenna Marshall and 14 great grandchildren: Hunter McCormick, Hayden McCormick, Paige Kinzer, Jayden Martinez Marshall, Tristan Marshall, Gemma Marshall, Brooklyn DeBoard, Liam Marshall, Abby Penn, Kinsley DeBoard, Kendra Bernhardt, Audrey Bernhardt, Noah Buckley, and Emerson Leslie.

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I miss you so much already - I know you are running, singing, playing your violin, and of course fishing with angels! I love you!

My dear, sweet husband of almost 63 years is now with his Lord and Savior, whom he dearly loved. First of all, he loved the Lord, and was a Godly man. He also loved me, our 6 children and their spouses. His eyes would light up whenever he saw them. He had a hard life because of medical problems, but seldom complained, and had a full life in spit of that. I miss him greatly, but am glad that he is no longer suffering. I look forward to being with him in heaven some day.

Thank you to all who have expressed condolences and shared memories of what our dad has meant to them through posts on this site or Facebook, cards, texts, phone calls or personal conversations. It means so much to know how he was loved and respected by those who knew him. He was a compassionate man who cared deeply for others, a good listener and prayer warrior. I am so glad he moved closer so I could spend more time with him these past four years. I will miss our talks, his quick wit and sense of humor, hugs and advice. So thankful that he is free from pain and no longer suffering. I am also thankful to have the CDs of his violin playing, he was the best! I love you, Pops.  Hope you catch a whopper while fishing in heaven!

So many great memories I have shared with my Dad!  It is amazing to me to see how many people he influenced throughout his lifetime.  He is, and always will be my hero.  I am sad that he is no longer with us, but rejoice that he has gone to be with the Lord!  I am so glad he is restored and will be able to play his violin again, sing songs, shout praises to the Lord, and be pain free.  My Dad was never one to complain, although we all knew he endured a lot over the years due to the polio that struck him at such an early age.  He was always an inspiration and always lived his life as the best example for all of us to follow.  The greatest compliment anyone could give me is to tell me I am just like my Dad!  He always told me that life on earth was like a drop of sand compared to eternity.  I can't wait to see him in heaven where we will be together again forever!   I love you so much Dad!

You were more to me than a father-in-law, you were a second father to me and I will miss you.  I feel blessed to celebrate 20 years of marriage so far to a wonderful man and that is because of your example of what it meant to be a loving father. Thank you for that.

I will miss our texts, and the little responses like "way to go, honey" or "that's my girl." But, I will miss you most of all.
I am in awe of your faith, strength and endurance and know God is smiling as you are rejoicing in all of His splendour.  The choir of angels have some beautiful violin music to accompany them with you there.
Tell my mom and dad I love and miss them.
Love you!


My heart is heavy, but at the same time I rejoice that Dad has joined the angels in heaven, and is no longer in pain. He was such a special man who loved his family with his whole heart. You knew if you asked him to pray for you, he would do so daily without fail. I get emotional when I listen to his violin music... even though he couldn't speak out loud because of his polio, he spoke through his music. My favorite song he played was "It is well with my soul" - that song will always remind me of Dad. Someday we will see you again in heaven...I love you, Dad!