Donald Francis Marshall passed away peacefully, aged 100, on September 29, 2022. Donald was a well-known husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. loved and devoted. He joined his soul mate and wife of 54 years Catherine Anne Marshall in eternity and is survived by their children Kevin Marshall (wife Audrey), Rosemary Marshall and Kathleen Adams (husband Gregg), 6 grandchildren, 7 great- grandchildren, sister-in-law Pat Marshall and nephew John Marshall of Suffern, New York. Donald was born on August 22, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. Donald was called up for service by World War II and joined the army in 1939. Although he started his military career in the infantry, he didn’t pound the ground for too long before realizing he had his eyes fixed on the sky. Donald found himself training as an aviation cadet in 1942. For the next three years, his war effort was spent flying over some of the most dangerous terrain in the Himalayas as a sub -Lieutenant Pilot and as a member of his beloved Hump Pilots, finally receiving an honorable discharge in 1945. In 1948 Donald re-enlisted as a member of the New Air Force and again responded to the call of his patriotic duty and found himself in many roles during the Korean War. Being honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant Pilot in 1952, Donald began the next chapter of his life. Donald married Catherine on February 11, 1956, and moved to Scottsdale in July 1957. Donald became a devoted parishioner at OLPH, a member of the Knights of Columbus, began his career at Motorola, and began adding more children to his family. Donald continued his career at Motorola while studying and graduating from ASU in 1973 as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Sigma Iota Epsilon, and Phi Kappa Phi. In 1973, Donald re-enlisted in the Army, serving until 1993 in the Arizona National Guard, eventually retiring with the title of Command Sgt. Major. Upon retirement from Motorola, Donald continued to work serving his parish community and driving a school bus for OLPH. During the summer months, he and Catherine spent their time traveling around the country. Spending time at their northern Arizona getaway, attending all the Hump Pilots Association meetings, traveling to China and Taiwan. However, the winter months were meant to put down roots in his old alma mater by attending all the ASU football games he could, until it was too much for him to go to. the stands. Donald was a man of few words unless he had an audience and one of his many stories to tell, but through his actions he taught us how to improve ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. He taught us that family is the most important thing you have on this Earth, and how easy it really is to forgive and forget when there’s enough love in your heart. A visitation will be held Friday, October 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd. Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m. He will be buried in the Saint-François cemetery after the services.
Posted on October 07, 2022
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