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Robert Wendell Marshall "Marathon Man" 1952 ~ 2008 Robert Wendell Marshall passed away Monday afternoon at his home in Holladay surrounded by friends and family. He died after a two-year struggle with Lou Gehrig's Disease that left him paralyzed and on a respirator. He was 55.Friends and neighbors released 2,000 balloons at his passing. They remember Bob as a father, husband, newspaper publisher and marathoner who put those he loved above all else. He is survived by five children: Tiffany, 27; Danny, 26; Greg, 23; Michelle (Rob) Horn, 18; Chelsea, 17; and wife, Debi (Mendiola), to whom he was married for 31 years. The couple are expecting their first grandchild, Robert Luke, in February. They were a closely-knit family who spent their happiest times traveling to favorite spots in Europe and Hawaii. His parents Wendell P. and Barbara J. Marshall of Pocatello, Idaho precede him in death. He also leaves behind a brother, Jim (Tina) Marshall and two sisters, Diane (Eric) Neste and Janet (Mike) McBride. Bob graced the lives of those he knew with compassion, strength and giving. He coached his kids' little-league softball and basketball teams, took his kids to Utah Jazz games, volunteered at their schools and cared for his wife, who has battled non-Hodgkins Lymphoma for 15 years. He contributed to social causes such as cancer research, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Primary Children's Hospital. He owned eight community newspapers and business journals in Utah, Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. He was publisher of the Pekin Daily Times in Illinois and president of the Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce there. Though he loved journalism, his true love was family. He also excelled at downhill skiing and running. He began running marathons five years ago at the age of 50 and completed the Salt Lake and St. George Marathons twice, and the Chicago Marathon. Four days after completing the Chicago Marathon in October 2007, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease, also known as ALS, a degenerative neurological disorder. In spite of the devastating news, Bob completed the Boston Marathon that April with his three running buddies Tom Loken, Paula Vernon and Donna Thomas. He was featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as well as local telecasts and newspapers for this feat. He will be remembered for his grace, dignity and determination. The family would like to thank friends who have become like family, Tom and Sally Loken, Paula Vernon, Donna Thomas and Kelly Petersen-Short and especially Dr. Mark Bromberg, Bob's neurologist, and Dr. Saundra Buys, Debi's hero and oncologist. Our deepest gratitude to Regina Cruzetta, who provided such love, care, and support to Bob during his last months. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Dr. Mark Bromberg, the head of the neurological department at the University of Utah Hospital, and Bob's kind and compassionate Dr., at 50 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84132. Bob's viewing will be held at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24. For more information on the viewing, call 582-1582. Bob's funeral will be held at the Holladay United Church of Christ located at 2631 E. Murray Holladay Road at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. Our love goes with you, Bob, as you run marathons in the sky. You will be missed, but never forgotten. Remember to never, never, never give up.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Sep. 23 to Sep. 24, 2008.
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October 23, 2008
Debi and Family,

We admire your family so much and are so sorry for your loss. We remember Bob from the Club where we all had such happy times when our children were young - he was always smiling. You have both been so strong through so much adversity.

Our prayers go out to all of you.

Jan Newren & Family
Jan Newren
October 19, 2008
When you take Bob Marshall in his full context, should you not wonder if all things are possible? What an incredible, beautiful life. I am certainly graced to have even known his story.

Simone de Beauvoir said, "Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying."
Ron Jelaco
October 3, 2008
Dan, I met your Dad on only a few occasions and remember him being a very kind, humorous, and caring person. God Bless.
Dane Bendixen
October 3, 2008
Debi and Chelsea,
I remember meeting Chelsea, you and Bob while coaching Chelsea in rec soccer 8-9 years ago. Since then I have always felt a warm and sincere greeting whenever our paths would cross in the community. We might visit for a minute or two and then be on our ways. I always felt a little happier after our chance meetings. Thank you for that! Please know I wish you, Chelsea and the rest of your family the very best in your lives.
Steve Woodward
October 2, 2008
Dearest Debi and family,
Joe and I thought often of Bob and all of you. Seeing him on the news and what he was going through was tough. We have never met such a strong and loving family. Bob will always be near in our thoughts. Please know you always have been and will always be in our prayers. May God bless you all for never, never giving up. Love you all,
Joe and Amber Cooper
September 30, 2008
Dear Debi, Chelsea and Family,
We just heard about Bob's passing and would like to express our deepest sympathies. I met Bob at Mill Hollow 5 years ago. He was a volunteer Dad at camp with Chelsea. We went for a run and he told me about Debi's fight with Lymphoma. I was inspired to run for Team in Training in honor of Debi. But there was nothing more inspiring than seeing Bob running in the Boston Marathon! You are such an incredibile family and truly are heros to us! Keep dancing for us, Chelsea, and we'll keep running for you:)
With love- Wendy, Katarina and the Schmidt Family
Wendy Schmidt
September 29, 2008
Dear Deb, Chelsea and Family,
We express our deep sympathies for your loss of such a gentle, caring husband and father. We have fond memories of our years in the Eastood co-op program and Bob coaching the children in rec sports. You were both so generous with your time and resources and we express our gratitude for associating with you. May the Lord bless and keep you close.
Julie and Brian Orr
September 27, 2008
Dear Deb, Kids and Family: I just learned about Bob and am so incredibly sad... My memories of his time in Pekin Illinois are rich with wonderful fun family times. The Springfield Holidome trip (NO ONE SLEPT), the parties, birthdays, our kids in their early years. He was a true community leader too.
Deb, I will be in touch. You are constantly in my prayers.
Barb Strand
September 26, 2008
I grew up with the Marshall Family-Our hearts go out to the family.
Jackie Youngstrom
September 26, 2008
Dearest Debi and family, My heart is so heavy because of your loss. I would give most anything to be able to be there with you and your family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will always treasure our memories of the times we spent together. Know that I am here for you. Much love and prayers.
Claudette Hill
September 25, 2008
Debi and the Marshall Family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. I'll always remember his great smile. He will be missed by us all.

Tess and Bruce
Tess Bieri
September 25, 2008
Debi,
My deepest sympathy to you and your children. It was a great priveledge to have met your family when Greg was young and then to see you again on the soccer fields. Bob was a dedicated father and wonderful care taker. My heart goes out to you.
Barbara Johnson
September 25, 2008
Dear Debi & Family--Carl and I wish to express our deep sorrow at the loss of Bob. We both remember with great fondness and gratitude how you welcomed us as next door neighbors and friends when we moved to Salt Lake in 1993. We've always admired how you both faced every challenge life gave you with grace and dignity. The way your whole family took care of each other during his illness is the greatest testimonial of all to the wonderful man and role model Bob was not only to his family and friends, but to the lives of all he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Carl, Pat, Christopher & Michael Steffen
Pat Steffen
September 25, 2008
Bob was a wonderful example of love and perserverence. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.
Trisha Holmes
September 25, 2008
I went to High School with Bob and I remember him as a mild mannered, smart, and pleasant man. I hold his family in the light.
Sarah Phillips
September 25, 2008
I graduated from high school with Bob and am so very sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great guy. We went to the Junior Prom together and I will always remember a true gentleman.
Terry Bogert Brown
September 25, 2008
Dear Debi, Chelsea and the rest of your wonderful family, I think about all of you just about every day, especially in this last difficult month. You all handled this with incredible grace, and allowed Bob the dignity to leave in his own way. Everything you did to help him in this way was the greatest gift you could have given him. I will never forget Bob or your family. Bob was a great guy and was so easy to talk to. He genuinely enjoyed talking to people and touched so many lives. Thank you for letting so many people into your lives...we are all enriched.
Bonnie Martineau
September 24, 2008
Your family is amazing to us. We will never forget the wonderful times we all shared as families at the Cottonwood Club growing up. We look up to your family so much. You will continue to be in our prayers. We love you all.
Love The Newren Family,
Brent,Jan,Stacey,Stephanie,Nicole, Natalie, Stephen and Rachel.
Nicole Chandler
September 24, 2008
Everyday most of us cross paths with hundreds of people. Only every once in a while does someone truly special come along. Thank you Bob for being one of those people. The world will always be a better place because of your time here.
Gunner Fowler
September 24, 2008
Pam and I express our deepest sympathy and want you to know, that Bob was a tremendous individual who left he his mark on everyone he met. He was a great friend and brother. I'll never forget that smiling face and fun we had on Brattelboro at Drake. Phi Alpha!
Tom/Pam Jenk
September 24, 2008
We are deeply saddened to learn of Bob's passing. But the memories of good times growing up in Pocatello warms our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all the Marshall clan.
Mary Pat and Randy Brower
September 24, 2008
I am so fortunate to know you Bob and to have the priviledge to participate in a couple of endurance races with you. Your courage your strength your goodness your sense of humor will never, never, never be forgotten. Your example of life will never, never, never let me give up.
Rick Wilding
September 24, 2008
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all as you go through this journey of loss and remembrance of a great husband and father. We are inspired by how Bob and Deb have so bravely faced life's greatest challenges with love, humor, and grace.

The Love Family (sister of Dan and Arleen)
Denise Love
September 24, 2008
Debi and family,
We feel so blessed to have known Bob. He lives on in the hearts and memories of so many.
Our thoughts and love go out to all of you.
Jack and Lucy Heslip
September 24, 2008
Bob was my boss at Intermountain Contractor, those years are the source of so many great memories. He was a great example for us to learn from. Bob's style was to give you a gentle push in the right direction, always keeping things in perspective. He knew what was important in work and in life, and was generous and caring in his association with me and my family.
Jeff Clawson
September 24, 2008
We were so saddened to learn of Bob's passing. He was a very good friend in high school and I had the privilege of spending many great times at his parents home. Over the years we had seen each other on occasion and it was always such a wonderful time catching up on current lives and remembering the past. Diane, we certainly remember the impact you had on our family and will always cherish your strength and focus on life. Our memories and prayers are with you all .
Mike Knoff
September 24, 2008
I went to Poky with Bob. My parents and Bob's parents were good friends as well. I was sad to read of Bob's death in the paper. He was a great person in school and sounds as though he went on to be an even greater person. I am sorry for your loss. It has sent waves through our high school class and we will miss him.
Barbara Allen
September 24, 2008
Our family is very saddened by Bob's passing. Your son, Greg has always been part of our family and his strength through your sad times has been remarkable. You are an exceptional family and our thoughts and energies are with you.
Janice Rowan-Lipari
September 24, 2008
I am fortunate to have known Bob and the Marshall family for more years than I care to admit. Bob was always a good friend, a remarkable journalist, and a very generous person. I miss him already. My family's thoughts and prayers are with the Marshall family during this most difficult time.
John Sahlberg
September 24, 2008
I was privileged enough to serve Bob here in Rehab at the U of U hospital. He was one of my favorite patients and I have often wondered how he was doing. I ran in the salt lake marathon last April and I saw Bob on the sideline, in his wheelchair cheering us on. What an amazing man and such a gentle spirit. I am glad for the brief time that I had to meet him. My prayers go out to Bob's family.
Rebecca Kimball
September 24, 2008
We are so very sorry for your loss. What an amazing father, husband and man. I will cherish all the memories we made throughout the years.
Adam & Abi (Sabala) Pool
September 23, 2008
I know you don't know me but I wanted to extend my sympathy to the entire family. My husband passed away in July 2007 from ALS so I know what the family went through and what sadness you feel. You will have sad days, but do know that as time goes on, you will never forget, but it does get easier. Stay close as a family and you'll be blessed.
Annette Hardy
September 23, 2008
I was very sad to hear the passing of a truly special person. I was a fraternity brother of Bob (booby) at Drake. I have many fond memories of Bob. As a fraternity brother and a friend I always had the utmost respect for Bob and his high ideals and unquestionable character. My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. We are all better people for having known him.
Bill Lahey
September 23, 2008
Deb and family, I am so glad that I got to know Bob during Debi's treatments. He was an inspiration and a truly special man. My thoughts are with you all.
Kim Bonney
Kim Bonney
September 23, 2008
Deb and kids-Bob loved all of you so much, and still does. I know he is at peace now, and still watches you with that loving, proud smile he always had when he talked about all of you. We will all miss him terribly, he was great boss, but far more important a wonderful friend. Thanks for being so generous letting us spend such quality time with him during his last few precious days, and thanks for letting us say goodbye, it was priceless ....Tracy Grim
(former Intermountain Contractor employee)
Tracy Grim
September 23, 2008
I breifly met Mr. Marshall at an MDA event a year or so ago. I was so touched by his obvious courage and optimism. I am deeply saddened for your loss and I will pray for your family.
Janice Trump
September 23, 2008
Debi, Tiff, Danny, Greg, Michelle, Chelsea--
Our kindest thoughts are with you as you deal with the loss of such a wonderful man. Yesterday was a beautiful autumn day for him.

Love Lisa, Shannon, Connor Doyle
Lisa Doyle
September 23, 2008
Our heart felt condolences. Lenn Liggins
Lenn Liggins
September 23, 2008
My condolences to Bob’s family.

I attended school with Bob from 1st grade to graduating in the Class of 71 Pocatello High. I remember going to Bob’s house with other kids (like Bill Petersen) in grade school and watching Super Man on TV in the late 50's

I remember Bob as always being a very kind person, and he will be missed.

Lyle Frank
Lyle Frank
September 23, 2008
I also attended Poky High with Bob and found him to be a warm, caring and fun individual. It's amazing how many of your friends loved to tattle on him years later!?! My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
Paula (Zitterkopf) Larsen
September 23, 2008
Debbie and children, We are so sad at the loss of bob. I enjoyed working with him and with you at Eastwood in the coop program. Caitlin also wishes Chelsy her sympathy. We have so enjoyed getting ti know Michelle with the soccer program. May your family find peace and comfort at this difficult time. All our love -Preston , Shirley Eichers and family.
shirley eichers
September 23, 2008
I have been kept informed of the courage and strength Bob shared with his family by my daughter Kelly-Peterson Short. My codolences to his family and friends, may you inherit his tenacious character, his concerns for humanity and find peace from his examplary life. Flo Wineriter
Florien Wineriter
September 23, 2008
I Dont know robert but my heart goes out to you. you see my father had lou gehrigs and i know what they go threw it,s hard but be strong sorry for your loss very heart felt
geri duran
September 23, 2008
Bob was an amazing man and a wonderful father. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. He is in a better place now and can keep on running.
Love,
Leslie (Love) Oaks
Leslie Oaks
September 23, 2008
I went to high school with Bob in Pocatello. He was a great guy and sounds like he went on to become an even greater man. I am head of the Poky '71 reunion committee so I will send out the word to classmates. I'll also make sure his legacy is included in our next reunion.

My condolences to the family.
Debra Harris
September 23, 2008
I love your family so much, and Bob will be missed greatly. you've all been in my thoughts this week and I know you are strong and will survive this.
Greg and Danny, you've been such a part of our family and I'm so thankful to have been able to get to know yours more as well. I'm very glad I was able to meet Bob the times that I did. I love you.
My condolences,
Hallie Rose
Hallie Moulton
September 23, 2008
Debi and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Bob was an inspiration to all of us at our ALS support group. We will miss him dearly. God Bless.
Alan & Shaun Alderman
September 23, 2008
Debbie,

My sincere condolences to you and your family with the loss of your husband/father. He is now in the loving arms of the Lord, whole and with full dignity. He, as well as you and your family, are in my prayers.
Sandy (Haddock) Cameron
September 23, 2008
The world is a poorer place without Bob. My love to the Marshalls and all who knew Bob
Henry Harris
September 23, 2008
Debi and children-
Please know that you all have been and always will be in our thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. I will always cherish our time together at Jai Aldi. Bob's humor and presence was greatly appreciated and he will be missed terribly at the next Farkel Family gathering.
Vicki Ottersn
September 23, 2008
Bob was one of my roommates at the SAE house at Drake University during our sophomore year, 1972-3. He was a presence then, as he was during his entire life. I have nothing but fond memories of his gentle spirit. He left a lasting mark on me, and all of those he touched. I am truly saddened by his passing, and my sincere condolences to his entire family.
Tim Ley
September 23, 2008
To the Marshall Family,

My heart goes out to you and your family at this sad time. Bob was like another father for myself and all my friends as you know. I have many great memories from spending time with the Marshalls that will always be with me.
Adam Riffle
September 23, 2008
I knew Bob in college when we shared the bond of being fraternity brothers. He always had a smile for me. I will remember him with fondness and respect.
Hamilton Wallace
September 23, 2008
"Perhaps they are not the stars,
but rather openings in Heaven
where the love of our lost ones
pours through and shines down
upon us to let us know they are happy."
We love Bob and your family. You are in our hearts and great memories.
Connie, Rachel, Ruby and Rosie Roller
Connie Roller
September 23, 2008
Dear Debi and children,
Please know Shauna and I are thinking about you and we are praying for you. You both are a great inspiration to us. Thank you for your friendship. Sincerely, Ron Frandsen
Ron Frandsen
September 23, 2008
To the Marshall family-

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Especially for Chelsea; you are a lovely and talented young lady. Your dance will be a tribute to your father, and I imagine that memories will burst forth from your movement in a way that will take you by surprise. A big hug for you, from me and Gabriela too.

Best wishes to you all!
Tammy Murillo
September 23, 2008
Deb, Tif, Dan, Greg, Mitch & Moe,

"Some people make the world special just by being in it."
Author Unknown.

Your dad was a great influence in my life and I loved him very much.

I love you all. Rachel
Rachel
September 23, 2008
Debi and family,

Your loss is so great and we are very sorry that we cannot be there with you at this time since we are out of state this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob was the greatest guy! We will all miss him, but we are glad that he is fully himself again.

Mike and Linda Leavitt
Linda Leavitt
September 23, 2008
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

Lyn and Ann Sabala
September 22, 2008
Debi and Children,
Please know how much we are thinking of each of you and of your remarkable husband and father.
Thank you for blessing our lives with your precious friendship, as well as with your noble examples of courage, faith, and goodness.
Please know that we are remembering each of you with sincere sympathy and great caring,
Terri and Emily Jensen
Terri and Emily Jensen
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