MARSHALL, Robert Dennis
Robert Dennis Marshall of Carmichael, died April 6, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 74. Survivors include: wife, Corinne; sons, Todd and Chris; daughter, Megan; his mother, Agnes Marshall; sisters, Mary Pat Friar and Catherine Schmidt; and 2 grandsons.
Religious services will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2:00 p.m., at Saint Michael's Church in Carmichael with Father Rod Davis officiating. A mass is also scheduled for Friday, April 19, at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Weaverville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jesuit High School and Trinity High School Athletic departments.
Robert Dennis Marshall was born on August 21, 1938, the only son of Robert Laws Marshall and Agnes Rourke Marshall. The Marshall family was well known as an influential pioneering family in Weaverville, CA. As a child, Robert's family relocated temporarily to Eureka during World War II
, so Robert's father could work in the war effort.
Upon returning to Weaverville, Robert attended Trinity High School where he shined at football and academic pursuits. Robert set many athletic records, and he was recognized as an all north state running back. Robert Marshall was inducted into the Trinity County High School Sports Hall of Fame, and was known statewide for his incredible speed, which garnered him the nickname, 'Whiz Kid.' He obtained an athletic scholarship to Stanford University in 1956, and a psychology degree in 1960. Robert entered the Navy as an officer in 1961, and thereafter used the GI bill to pursue a law degree at Hastings School of Law in 1969.
Robert passed the California Bar, relocated his family to Carmichael, and began working for the California Attorney General's Sacramento office as a Deputy Attorney General in 1969. Robert excelled as a criminal prosecutor, serving as a team supervisor, starting and leading a dedicated trial team, and arguing before all of the courts in California, including the California Supreme Court. In addition, Robert served as acting District Attorney in Plumas, Lassen, Trinity, and Sierra Counties.
Robert retired from state service after more than 30 years to pursue his other interests. Robert enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips with his friends and family. He traveled often, to Hawaii and Palm Desert with his wife, Corinne. He attended Spring training frequently in Arizona. He became a master wood worker and toy maker, creating beautiful masterpieces which will be cherished. Robert greatly enjoyed visiting Washington D.C. where he watched his eldest son, Todd Marshall, argue before the United States Supreme Court. He was also active in the Jesuit High School Athletic program, supporting his son, Christopher's athletic pursuits. He loved attending Stanford football games, reunions and the Sacramento Opera with his daughter, Megan. He spent many meaningful moments with his two beloved grandsons, John and Robert Jackson, teaching them wood working, hunting, and sharing his love of words.
Robert was a great man who deeply loved all the people in his life, and he will be dearly missed.