LaVerne "Mike" David Marshall |

LaVerne "Mike" David Marshall

LaVerne “Mike” David Marshall, of Carbondale, Colo., died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at Heritage Park Care Center. He was 82.

Mr. Marshall was born May 15, 1920, in Sheridan, Ill., to David Earl and Elizabeth Marshall. He was raised on a farm outside Sheridan and graduated from Leland High School in 1938.

He attended DeKalb College in DeKalb, Ill., then returned home to manage the family farm during World War II. In 1946, he moved to Placita, Colo.

On Nov. 8, 1946, he married Dorothy Page in Carbondale. They made their home in Placita.

Mr. Marshall was a construction worker and helped build the highway over McClure Pass in 1946. In 1951, the Marshalls returned to Illinois. In June 1953, they returned to their home in Placita, and finally settled in Carbondale in 1956.

He worked for a construction company in Aspen, Colo., and was also a maintenance man. He loved the outdoors and while living in Placita was a guide for hunters and was known for his knowledge of the Crystal River Valley.

Mr. Marshall was a long-time member of the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church and was a youth leader and choir member. He was a scout leader for many years and was awarded the prestigious Silver Bear Award. He was also a founding member of the Carbondale Senior Housing Corp. His greatest love was his family.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Laurien.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Marshall, of Carbondale; daughters and sons-in-law Martha and Jack Crowe, of Pawhuska, Okla., Betsy and Michael Brownlee, of Booneville, Ark., and Julia Marshall, of Carbondale; sons and daughters-in-law David and Dixie Marshall, and Tom and Kathy Marshall, all of Carbondale; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law Eleanor Hoffman, of Leland, Ill., and Marilyn and Bert Tyrell, of Cherokee Village, Ark; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Nov. 7. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Carbondale Senior Housing Corp., 1250 Hendrick Drive, Carbondale, CO 81623, or a charity of choice.

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