Tom F. Marsh
1941 - 2021
Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX
Tom Fariss Marsh died at home surrounded by family at the age of 80 on Friday, October 15, 2021.
Tom was born in Amarillo, Texas on May 13, 1941 to Estelle Fariss Marsh and Stanley Marsh, Jr. As a teenager he worked as a roustabout and at the Fort Worth Stockyards. After graduating from Amarillo High, Tom studied international relations at Princeton University and graduated in 1963 from the Woodrow Wilson School. Later that year, Tom married his hometown sweetheart and true love, Charlene Cline Marsh, and they began a life of adventure together.
Tom's entrepreneurial spirit led him to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who developed oil and gas properties in the Texas Panhandle. Over the years, his business interests expanded beyond oil and gas exploration to include operating television affiliates, cofounding the first commercial feed lot in the Texas Panhandle, and becoming a founding member of Commodities Corporation. Tom helped start dozens of business ventures over several decades and treasured his business associates, insisting that he only partner with ""gentlemen with brains."" Despite his many successes, including early investments in Russia and China, he remained humble: he liked to quip that he had drilled dry holes in 19 states and 7 foreign countries.
During their 58 years of marriage, Tom and Charlene made Dallas their home and cultivated a rewarding family life marked by dedication to each other and their children. Twice they lived in New York, and it became a center of their life for several decades.
They shared an intense love of art and travel and a profound curiosity about cultures around the world, frequently traveling to Europe and Asia. As newlyweds they traveled to Australia where they saw a new band called The Beatles perform to a packed stadium.
There was nothing that pleased Tom more than gathering his family for a good meal with lively, far-ranging conversation. No place was more special for these gatherings than his family ranch in northern New Mexico. He enjoyed barbecuing, playing tennis, swimming, bird hunting, skiing, and alpine hiking. He took his children on hiking trips all over the world. He was deeply interested in ecology, captivated by irrigation systems, and proud to have planted thousands of trees during his life. A prodigious reader, Tom was an understated, clear, and measured thinker, and deeply intellectual. Tom loved books, not as ornaments to his life, but for the knowledge they gave him. He was a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, served on multiple boards, and was involved in innumerable educational, medical, and arts institutions. He was erudite, exceedingly funny, gracious, and principled.
The abiding sadness of his life was the loss of his son, Thomas Fariss Marsh, Jr., in 1979. He is survived by his wife, three children, Estee Kellogg and her husband Luke, Charles Marsh and his wife Louise, C.C. Marsh and her husband David Beach, ten grandchildren, C.C. Kellogg, Coley Kellogg, Tom Kellogg, Will Marsh, Luke Marsh, Tennessee Marsh, Ginnie Marsh, Nicholas Beach, Estelle Beach, Tom Beach, his younger brother, Mikie, and many nephews and nieces.
Donations may be made to UTSW, UTMDA, or another charity of your choosing.

Published by Dallas Morning News on Oct. 20, 2021.
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mary emeny
November 15, 2021
Love Fannie Swain and family
November 7, 2021
What an amazing man. Enjoyed knowing him in our younger years as friends, families and parents together with horses at the Palo Duro Club. My best thoughts to you Charlene.
Mary Knupp Berry
October 25, 2021
Carla Allen
October 24, 2021
Dear Charlene, You've been in my thoughts and prayers all week. What an extraordinary man, blessed with intelligence, wit, and grace. The adorable picture of a youthful Tom in western attire, holding his terrier , cowboy hat and all! Two springs ago you asked me to paint Oscar the fine grey poodle for Tom birthday. That was an honor. I recall Tom and Estee coming down to Neiman Marcus to shop for you at Christmas , many moons ago. Tom's accomplishments and his devotion to family and nature are inspiring. so much love there my deepest sympathies to you and your family, Rives
Rives Skotnicki
October 23, 2021
Tom fought a good fight- now we have lost a really good friend- Charlene, Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family
Buddy Clayton
October 21, 2021
Tommy Marsh certainly was a life well-lived and to be admired. As I knew him as a child, when Tommy was young and all through his school years in Amarillo he was a down-to-earth intelligent likeable child and young man. We all knew he would prove to be a level-headed exceptional hardworking Leader and who would always live an exciting broad life. Even as a child, he took a calculated risk, and if he failed, he would get up and start again. Tommy set an excellent example for all of us and taught us to think outside the box, never forget where we came from, but to be open to the World and much broader cultures than the Panhandle. Rest in Peace, dear one. Charlene and family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dana Whitehead Rigg
October 21, 2021
Catharine Denise Lane
October 21, 2021
Dear Charlene, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have lived in Dallas for 30 years and our paths never crossed, but Maxey had told us that you were here. I will have fond memories of Tom as a young friend and his gracious family as neighbors.
Herb & Lynn Dodson
October 20, 2021
Luke and Estee; CC and David, Charles and Louise, What a vacuum your Dad will leave in your lives. But know that his love continues to bless you all. I love that the term "erudite " was used to describe Tom. That term was probably created because of him! Think of him non stop, as he did of all of you.
David Jaderlund
October 20, 2021
Saddened by news about Tom. He was smart, good guy, and friend. Tom P
Tom Patterson
October 20, 2021
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