Samuel Williams Marshall, III, (Sam), of El Lago passed away in Clear Lake on Saturday, August 3, 2013. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he was born December 7, 1922, to Samuel Williams Marshall Jr. and Nettie Cay Marshall. Growing up in Jacksonville, Sam enjoyed one of the passions of his life, sailing on the St. John's River. A student at the University of Florida when WW II broke out, Sam left college and joined the Army Air Corp. |
Sam received his commission as a Lieutenant and while training at Ellington Field as a B17 bombardier & navigator, he met the love of his life, Katherine (Kem), at a cadet mixer dance held at the Rice Hotel. They were married in Houston and then moved to Florida where he continued his training.
Sam was stationed in Thurleigh, England with the 8th Air Force and flew 35 missions over Germany. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After completing his service, he returned to college to finish his degree in engineering at Texas A&M University.
After graduation, he went to work for Texaco. During his career with Texaco, the family lived in Port Arthur where he was an engineer, Houston while he was at the Head Office, Lysekil, Sweden when he was manager of construction of the Texaco- Scanraff refinery and Palos Verdes, California while he was assistant plant manager of the Los Angeles Texaco Refinery.
After retirement, Sam and Kem moved to El Lago, Texas and brought their sailboat with them. Some of their most cherished memories involve sailing with the family and teaching his grandchildren how to sail. Kem & Sam continued traveling as much as possible and were able to enjoy over 45 ocean cruises. Their favorite sailing spot was the Caribbean.
Sam was a devoted family man and a caring Christian. He volunteered as a driver for the Clear Lake Meals on Wheels for 15 years and served on the Board of Trustees at Clear Lake United Methodist Church.
Sam is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Kem; sister, Mary Fowler of Jacksonville, Florida; daughter, Patty Branch of Clear Lake City; four grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Kay.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 am at the Crowder Funeral Home in Webster. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 16335 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 5, 2013