March 31, 1923 - March 19, 2013
Resident of Sunnyvale
Fred Marshall was born the son of a preacher in Macon, Georgia on March 31, 1923. He would have been 90 years old on Easter Sunday 2013. His last email on March 19 (the day of his death) shared all the details of the family celebration that was planned. But he had another celebration that would take its place.
Those who knew Fred will remember his deep love and pride in his family, his appreciation of God's beautiful creation, his integrity and generosity - and, yes - his stubborn independence. But no one could know Fred for long without hearing about the true love of his life, his wife Nell, who left our lives suddenly on February 7, 1986. Since then, the true desire of his heart was to be reunited with her in heaven.
Some of the highlights of his life include his service in the U.S. Navy during WWII, clearing mines in the South China Sea; his degrees from Mercer University and Georgia Tech in Electrical Engineering; a career in radio engineering and research at Georgia Tech, Stanford University and SRI International; many years teaching adult Sunday School and serving as a deacon on the board of Santa Clara First Baptist Church; and his world travels as a research engineer, tourist and avid photographer.
But if you were to list all his achievements in life, he would tell you (even if you hadn't asked) that none would surpass his pride in his family: his four children (Fred, Betsy, Bob and Dave), their spouses (Karen, Tim, Barb and Betty), his nine grandchildren (Kristy, Heather, Sally, Laura, Justin, Heidi, Brian, Alan and Angela), and his five great-children (Samuel, Austin, Henry, Taylor and Luca). He extended his support and love to his grandchildren by helping with college expenses and down payments on their first homes, saying that it's what Grammy would have done.
He believed that all the blessings in his life were a result of what he considered to be the best decision he ever made, to marry his beautiful Nell. Although doctors would tell you that he died from cardiac arrest, you might say that he was just following his heart.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to World Vision.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 26, 2013