Furman Thomas Marshall

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  • "My sincere sympathy to your family. May the God of all..."
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    - Darlene Whaley
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    - Ben Crawford
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Furman Thomas Marshall, 69 years old, died on June 27, 2016 at Bartlett Hospital in Juneau, Alaska. Tom was born in Ketchikan, Alaska in 1947; his parents were Furman T. and Lillian Marshall. He grew up in North Carolina and Juneau. Juneau is his true home.

He graduated at Juneau-Douglas High School in 1965. He did many things in Juneau: he was a firefighter and EMT, a surveyor, a fisherman, a land recorder at Department of Natural Resources, and a top notch expert on guns at Rayco. When a youth he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He continued his dedication to his country and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He married Lorraine in 1978, and gained two 9-year-old stepsons, Blain and Paul Hatch. A few years after marriage, Tom moved his family into a cozy log home on Moraine Way, which he enjoyed to his last day. Tom retired in 2006 to take care of his sick parents.

Tom began dealing with health issues in 2002, and he suffered an amputation of one of his legs. But it turns out he enjoyed having fun with his prosthetic leg. Especially with curious children. He would joke with them, and then wrap up his teasing with sound advice: eat your vegetables. Then, when he got his final prosthetic, he ordered it with flames on it, and he always showed that off, saying "It matches my Harley." Tom loved his dogs, Alaska and the Yukon, guns, Harley Davidsons, and visiting with his friends. Tom had faith in Jesus, and he knew God loved him. His church was Glacier Valley Baptist Church. A Christian friend gave Tom a biker's Bible, which he kept near him. He loved his friends, and was loyal; he was a fierce protector of his wife and family.

In June, Tom became increasingly unwell due to congestive heart failure, and he was sad because he didn't feel strong enough to ride his beloved Harley Davidson trike, and wasn't able to get out. (He enjoyed hanging out at McDonalds and other places to see his friends.) He became critically ill on June 27, and he was called to heaven that evening. Lorraine was praying that God would release him from his pain, and a few minutes later he slipped beyond the reach of pain and went home to heaven.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Lorraine, stepson Blain, wife Tiffany, grandchildren Lauren and Mason; and stepson Paul, wife Sharon, grandchildren Justin, Julian, and Corey; also brothers-in-law Alan Love, Stan Love, Darrel Love, and Mike Love, and their families.

A memorial service will be held on July 5, at 4:00 pm, at the Glacier Valley Baptist Church, 3921 Mendenhall Loop Road. A potluck celebration will follow the service (Tom has requested a party); food can be dropped off at the church's family life center (building behind the church) before the service.
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Glacier Valley Baptist Church
3921 Mendenhall Loop Rd
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 789-7348
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Published in The Juneau Empire from July 3 to Aug. 1, 2016
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