MONTEREY – While driving to Los Angeles on September 25th, his fifty-fifth birthday, Marshall Holmes suffered a heart attack and passed away. Born in Santa Barbara, Marshall also lived in San Francisco, Sun Valley, Idaho, Pebble Beach, and Los Angeles. He graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson School.|
His passions were his family, friends, music, and reading. He was also a life-long San Francisco Giants fan, going to games at AT&T Park as often as he could.
When Marshall discovered rock & roll as a kid, his life changed forever. As he grew up, he turned this love of music into a career, starting out as a roadie and graduating to event production, embracing all aspects of the profession with a contagious enthusiasm.
He was warm-hearted, generous, and wore his heart on his sleeve - a big man who was never afraid to show his big emotions. In short, everybody loved Marshall. He was the glue that held many different people from all walks of life together.
He is survived by the family he loved; his mother and father, Gayle and Harry Holmes; his sister Hilary Gustafsson of Wellesley, Massachusetts and her children Griffin and Grace; and Gay Condos of Kentfield, California, and her daughter, Harriet.
A memorial concert featuring The Tubes and The Mermen was held at The Fillmore on October 23rd in San Francisco. With nearly 1,000 attendees, it was the best tribute his friends could have imagined. Additionally, Marshall's family will have a small memorial in Carmel over Thanksgiving.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the music department of his niece's school. This is something that would have pleased him as it combines two of his passions, music and kids.
Donations can be sent to: Saint Mark's School Attn: Development Office 39 Trellis Drive San Rafael, CA 94903.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Nov. 1, 2013