David F. Marsh

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Preceded by his wife, Carmella, parents Foster & Doris and brother Warren, survived by sister Annette Thompson, children Paula Marsh, Daniel (Linda) Marsh, Gael (Niklas) Pernblad & Greg (April) Marsh and grandchildren Laura & John Marsh, Isak Pernblad, Foster & Sawyer Marsh. Born in Salkum, WA and raised in Silver Creek, WA - he graduated early from Mossyrock High School during the height of WW II and enlisted at the age of 17 in the United States Marine Corp (USMC) to proudly serve throughout the Pacific aboard the USS General H.L. Scott. After WW II, he took advantage of the GI bill, continued his education, graduating with a BA Ed from Central Washington College of Education (now CWU) in 1949, and later a MS from the University of Oregon in 1954, pausing only to serve in the USMC during the Korean War from 1950-1952. He began his career teaching Junior High School in Seattle and then High School in Shafter, CA. He ultimately began his long and distinguished career at Western Washington State College (now WWU) in 1957 where he served as a professor and chairman of the Art Department, as well as a stint as Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. An accomplished water color artist, he showed his paintings in many galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as across the country and Mexico. Many of his paintings continue to be enjoyed in a variety of international private and public collections. After retiring from Western in 1992, an avid reader, he continued to enjoy painting as well as travelling throughout the US, Mexico and Europe. He was often found debating political and social issues with many other retired faculty members from Western and collaborated with the Lunch Bunch on "WWU! As it was". Services will be private. If you wish to give a memorial, please do so to your .
Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 6, 2016
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