Lt. Col. Patrick G. Marshall, 78, entered his eternal home Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
He was born to Marjorie and Neill Marshall Aug. 13, 1935, in Gilmer. He graduated from Tyler High in 1953 and followed in his father's footsteps to Texas A&M. While at A&M, Pat was best drilled sophomore, first sergeant and commanding officer of Squadron 20, graduating in 1957 with a BA degree in business.
In 1957, he married his love, Martha Yowell, in Gilmer. Together they had two children, Elizabeth Ann and Russell Neill.
Pat received his commission in the Air Force May 1957 and proudly served his country for 20 years. He served two tours in Vietnam. Also, while in the Air Force, he received his electrical engineering degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1969. His last assignment was Sunnyvale Air Force Station, California. While there he received his MBA from Santa Clara University in 1975. He retired and returned to Tyler in 1977.
Until his final retirement in 1997, he was a comptroller for several companies in Smith County.
He was a member of Glenwood Church of Christ where he was on the mission committee, especially fond of Ron Wallace of Australia who shared the "good news" which resulted in his being baptized into Christ. He was at one time a deacon and counted the contributions each Sunday with his friends, Avery Womble and Gene Tindel.
Pat loved God, his country, his family, Texas A&M Aggies and golf.
Some of his greatest memories were with Fred Kniffin, Bill Bonifay, Bill Wallis on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama. Dick Fratus, Rick Rucker and Don Emory were great buddies on the Hollytree golf course. Pat was a good man.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his younger brother, Mike; and younger sisters, Katy Bright and Mary Thomas White.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha; his children, Elizabeth and Russell (Jennie); two grandsons, Deane Patrick and Grant Case; sister, Louise Shipley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Glenwood Church of Christ Chapel, 5210 Hollytree Drive.
Pat's body was donated to the Willed Body Program at The University of Texas
Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or Christian Homes of East Texas, 5476 Hollytree Drive, Tyler, 75703.