Obituary of James Harold Marshall
James Harold Marshall, 77, returned to his heavenly home peacefully on June 17, 2019 early in the morning at 3:25 a.m. at his home in Caldwell, Idaho surrounded by family. He was born January 8, 1942 in Eagle Idaho to Bessie and Harold Marshall. His childhood and youth were spent on the family farm with his 3 younger sisters, and younger brother where he learned to work and play hard. He had the privilege to grow up surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents who loved him. After high school Jim chose to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil for two and a half years. He loved his time in Brazil; he loved the people and the language and always maintained his linguistic skills for the day when he was able to return to pick up one of his own sons from their mission in Brazil. Following his mission Jim went to Brigham Young University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and met the love of his life Annette Williamson. Jim and Annie were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles temple on January 31, 1964. They welcomed a large family of 8 children over the next 20 years of four girls and four boys.
Jim’s professional career varied throughout the years and included things such as, telephone operation supervisor, salesman of various products and services, FBI clerk, farmer, and estate planner. His more meaningful purpose and accomplishments were achieved both in the home and through his assigned church roles. Jim served on high councils, in young men’s presidencies, as a scout leader, a gospel doctrine teacher, a ward clerk, on bishoprics and as the Bishop of the Star Ward in Eagle. He taught his children the gospel in a way where none of them ever doubted his devotion and conviction regarding his savior Jesus Christ. Family home evening, family prayers and family scripture study were always a high priority for him. Jim was talented in art, music and writing. He enjoyed painting, cording on the piano and singing, and published two fictional books as well as a book about the dying process all written after his physical limitations made it impossible to continue working outside of the home.
Jim was an active man who took his family backpacking, on long road trips across the country, white water rafting and went camping in the rain. Jim adored watching his children and grandchildren in various sporting events, band concerts, piano and voice recitals, and church youth program promotions. He coached his kids’ soccer teams and loved church baseball. He loved music and especially when his family sang. He never seemed to see those performances as his eyes always swelled with tears of pride and joy.
Jim was diagnosed with ALS in 2003 with a changed diagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) soon after. His muscles began to atrophy as over time his abilities declined. Ultimately this left his giant personality confined to a wheelchair requiring others to fulfill his daily needs, but this never stopped him from accomplishing his next goal, it only changed the type of goal he set. While still able to walk with the use of crutches, Jim and Annie served a temple mission for the church in Santiago Chile. Again, he loved the people and adopted or claimed honorary extended family. Jim has been on hospice care for the last five years where numerous care takers who also became like family blessed his and were blessed by his life. Jim and Annie celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in January and have been blessed over the years as their family grew and grew. Currently they have 8 children, 5 sons and daughters in law, 33 grandchildren, 11 grandchildren in law, 9 great grandchildren and 2 on the way.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, W. Harold Marshall and Bessie M. Hall Marshall, and by his son-in-law Ricky L. Green. He is survived by his loving wife: Annette L. Williamson Marshall; his siblings: Glenda Marshall, Susan (Stan) Watts, Bruce (Linda) Marshall, and Coleen (Kent) Scifres; his children: Stephanie (Jay) Campbell, Cinda Green, James Marshall Jr., Douglas (Ana) Marshall, Suelly’ Christiansen, Ammon Marshall, Samanda (Dave) Chambers, and Lorenzo (Jenna) Marshall, 33 grandchildren and 11 of their spouses, 9 great grandchildren and 2 more expected soon.
A viewing will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4509 S. Montana Ave., Caldwell, ID on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 from 9-10:30 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. and a grave site dedication at the Star Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.
Families can be together forever and while we miss our husband, brother, Dad, Papa, uncle, cousin, and friend, we are happy for Jim as he is freed from his physical limitations and joyfully reunited with his parents and grandparents.