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Marion Towns Obituary
MARION TOWNS
(U.S. Air Force, Retired)
August 15, 1918 - May 21, 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Marion Towns, 98, died in his Turlock, California home on May 21, 2017. He was born in the small community of Hutto, Texas to Albert and Lillian (Hutto) Towns. Marion was raised in Georgetown, Texas. He was educated in the Georgetown school district and graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor's Degree in mathematics.
Marion was a highly decorated military officer and proudly served his country for 23 years. During World War II he flew 40 combat missions in the European Theater. He was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict where he flew 12 combat missions in Korea. After the war was over he was trained as a meteorologist and spent the next 16 years as a weather officer. Marion often spoke of his military career and considered that time to be a very important chapter in his life.
After his retirement from the military, he obtained a Master's Degree at the University of Arizona in preparation to become a teacher of mathematics. He moved his family to Corona, California in 1965. For 23 years, he enjoyed teaching at Corona Junior High and Letha Raney Junior High. He took great pleasure in his life in "Good ole Corona" which included family, friends, golf, poker, the stock market and a multitude of household projects. He remained in Corona until he moved to Turlock, CA in 2015 to be with his daughter.
Marion was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years Jean Towns and his youngest son Terry Towns (age 47). He is survived by his sons Timothy Towns and James Towns; his daughter Judith Towns; his grandchildren Melissa Shropshire, Andrew Towns, Justin Towns, Adam Towns, and Chandra Vore. He is also survived by 14 great grandchildren residing in Utah and six great grandchildren residing in Southern California.
Marion led a full life and frequently stated his was a "charmed life". He was devoted to his family, had a smile for all, would give the "shirt off his back" and never asked for anything in return. He greatly influenced the character of his family and will be deeply missed. He lived a long life, and even so, was very touched by the saying "Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away".
There will be a private burial at Riverside National Cemetery.
Published in Press-Enterprise on May 28, 2017
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