The Rev. Dr. J. Murray Marshall
The Rev. Dr. J. Murray Marshall, 82, long-time senior pastor of Seattle First Presbyterian Church and a leader in local, national, and international Presbyterian ministries, passed away following a brief illness on April 17, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He touched countless lives during his 23-year pastorate at Seattle First Presbyterian Church, and his leadership extended to east coast ministries, the Presbytery of Seattle, the Presbyterian Church USA, and many related college, university, pastoral care, and international church and civic organizations.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Marshall was a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. He earned his master's degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA and received honorary doctorates from Whitworth College, Spokane, and Seattle Pacific University. He married his wife, Nancy Hodges, in 1956 at the historic Park Street Church in Boston MA. Following pastorates at the Park Street Church and at First Presbyterian Church of Flushing, NY, he and his family moved to Seattle and their home of 41 years in Magnolia.
Dr. Marshall was a man of many talents and interests, which he freely shared with his congregation, neighbors, and acquaintances. He led tour groups throughout the world, and his inquiring mind and love of travel took him to the Holy Land, Europe, Asia, Africa, England, Scotland, and Central and South America. He served on the board of the Latin America Mission for 40 years, and he was instrumental in establishing the sister-city relationship of the Presbytery of Seattle with Presbyterian churches in Seoul, South Korea.
Following his retirement from Seattle First Presbyterian Church in 1995, Dr. Marshall continued his ministry by serving as an interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma; Knox Presbyterian Church, Normandy Park; Three Village Church, Seatauket, Long Island, NY, and New Hope Presbyterian Church, South Park, Seattle. He was a Bible teacher, an energetic and organized leader, and a wise and compassionate pastor. His congregations treasured their relationships with him.
Dr. Marshall leaves Nancy, his wife of 57 years; three children, J. Douglas, J. Scott, and Kimberlee and their families; six grandchildren; a sister, Anne Thompson and her children, and many friends throughout the US, Canada, and the world.
A memorial worship service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, June 8, at Seattle First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Spring Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Latin America Mission, PO Box 52-7900, Miami, FL 33152-7900.