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Samuel Willard Marshall

Sam Marshall 
July 8, 1917 - Nov. 21, 2011

Samuel Willard Marshall, a 46-year resident of Big Bear Lake, died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 21 2011, at the age of 94. His fierce independence, caring gentle nature, hard work ethic, sense of humor, and his plethora of knowledge of the written word will be remembered by the many lives he touched through-out the Valley. His handshake was his word. Sam was married for 40 years to Viki Marshall, an accomplished artist who passed away 32 years ago, and whom he cared for in her illness. Sam is survived by a son Sam Marshall Jr. of Sandpoint, Idaho, two daughters: Karen Craig of San Bernardino and Jillana Marshall of Big Bear Lake, and 3 granchildren: Jon Marshall Eccles of Big Bear Lake, Beau Marshall of Idaho, and Shannon Marshall.

Sam was born and raised in Texas, he was a quarterback both in High school and at Shriner Institute, until receiving a Vice Presidential appointment to Annapolis where he also played on the frosh soph team until a football injury ended his career. Sam felt the call of duty, and left Annapolis to go to war. While in the Army, he served as a tank commander, First Lieutenant, until he was severely injured in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. Being honorably relieved of active duty in 1946, Sam returned to Viki and Sam Jr. in California. In the following 20 years Sam worked mainly as a building and concrete contractor, with several contracts with Lockheed, and raised his now three children.

In the winter of 1965, Sam wanting a better life and cleaner air for his family, moved to Big Bear. He had a contract with a large development company to build a large complex across from the old drive-in, in Boulder Bay. The land was marsh. the deal fell through, Sam cut and sold firewood that first winter and the family roasted hot dogs over the fireplace, they survived.

Throughout the 46 years in Big Bear, Sam laid the foundation (literally) for the expanding Logonita lodge, Leroys sport shop, Snow Summit Ski School office (the old race team clubhouse) and built many homes throughout the Valley. When he wasn"t working with his hands, he volunteered for the literacy program at the Iibrary, was an active member of the art association, helped market and sell Viki's paintings, Was the writer of several books, an avid reader with an extensive library, a published poet, a wonderful father, good family man, and a man's man.

He believed there was no room for guilt in life, nothing the body could not heal, and that he could beat most anything. Death has released his spirit to a place free of the bounds of this earth and his human existence, SO CELEBRATE!!

A memorial to honor Sam's life will be held Tuesday Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Mansion. If Sam touched your life please join in the celebration of his.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 3:12 pm
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper