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James W. Marsh


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Marsh, James W.James W. Marsh, born May 9, 1927, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Roscoe and Blanche Marsh passed away on October 27, 2018 in Arvada, Colorado.Jim joined the Navy in June 1945 after one year of schooling at Drury College, Springfield, Missouri. Upon discharge from the Navy in 1946, he returned to Drury College.Jim was mostly raised in Missouri until his family moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 1947 where he entered the engineering college at the University of Arizona. After graduating in 1950, Jim moved to Los Angeles where he worked for the California Highway Department prior to working for North American Aviation as a stress analyst. He moved to Phoenix in 1952 to work with Goodyear Aircraft in Litchfield Park.In 1953 Jim returned to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California (USC) for his master's degree in business administration while working as a structural engineer with the architectural/engineering firm of Albert C. Martin. During that time, he took the EIT and civil engineering exams and a became a registered engineer in California.In 1959 he married Gloria Beffa, RN, a nurse from New York City.In 1961 Jim joined Minneapolis Honeywell Ordnance Division in Duarte, California, and became part of a four-man management team that oversaw the construction of two solar simulator chambers for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. In 1964 he joined the American Institute of Steel Construction as a regional engineer based in Los Angeles, eventually becoming regional manager for ten western states. During this period, he also taught steel design courses to graduate and undergraduate engineering students at USC.Jim's interests included music, travel, nature, sports and flying: While still a teenager in 1944 he formed a jazz band (Jimmy Marsh and Band) and they played at Rockaway Beach, which was a resort area on Lake Taneycomo in Missouri. He was also fond of travel and toured through Europe as a young man in the 1950's, while additional travels with his wife, Gloria, took him to Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. He was an enthusiastic outdoors-man who loved to take his family on holiday to the beach and mountains which often included camping out. He was keen on such sports as tennis and golf with the latter pursued throughout his life, but with increased zest and frequency in his retirement years. Jim was also adventurous and took up flying lessons in his middle age becoming a fully licensed pilot who enjoyed taking family members for flights around Southern California.Jim and Gloria lived in Pasadena, California, for 30 years prior to moving to Sun City West, Arizona, in 1995. They moved to Arvada, Colorado, in 2018.Jim is survived by three children, Craig (SuChin), Suzanne Mulvany (Terry), Neal Marsh (Victoria); granddaughter Kirsten Marsh; and by six nieces on his brothers side and two nieces and four nephews on his sister's side. He is preceded in death by Gloria, his beloved wife of 58 years; his brother John and sister Sheila.Please sign the guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/pasadenastarnews.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Nov. 30, 2018
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