William (Bill) Marshall
May 8, 2008
Bill Marshall, a long-time resident of South Lake Tahoe, died at home on April 26, 2008, with his beloved wife, Karen, and close family and friends at his side.
Bill was born to Harry and Martha Marshall on January 18, 1947, in Palo Alto, Calif. As a youth, he enjoyed his family’s vacation home in South Lake Tahoe very much and ultimately made the mountain community his permanent residence in the late 1960s.
On June 29, 1985, he married the love of his life, Karen Watson. At that time, Bill worked for a private utility company in the area, which ultimately became the South Tahoe Public Utility District. He remained employed with STPUD until he retired in January 2007.
Outdoor adventures were a top life priority for Bill, and whitewater rafting was one of his many passions. Bill and Karen logged thousands of river miles, from Idaho to Arizona. They also traveled Europe together. Bill also was an auto racing enthusiast, and he took great pride in the restoration of his Jensen Healy racing car.
Bill endeared himself to the many who were proud to be part of his family or among his vast circle of friends. Those who knew him appreciated his good nature, youthful spirit, sharp wit and dry sense of humor. He took great pleasure in living and shared his enthusiasm for life with everyone he met.
Bill’s mother, Martha Kett, lives in South Lake Tahoe; his father died in 2007. He is also survived by his stepmother, Lillian Marshall, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; his brother, Wayne Marshall, and sister-in-law, Rose of Wash.; brother, Warren Marshall of South Lake Tahoe; father-in-law, Ray and his wife Shirl Watson of Suisun, Calif.; mother-in-law, Marilyn Ronnau of Reno; brothers-in-law, Eric Watson of New York City and Jamie Watson of Fernley, Nev.; 11 nieces and nephews; his beloved Irish Setter, Galen; and many other loving family members and treasured friends.
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A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at noon on Sunday, May 18, 2008, at the Valhalla Grand Hall in South Lake Tahoe. All are welcome. A buffet will be served afterward. In lieu of flowers, donations on Bill’s behalf to the Friends of the River (www. friendsoftheriver.org) or the Northern California chapter of Irish Setter Rescue (www.ncisrescue.org) will be deeply appreciated.
I’d chase you across a hundred playgrounds, a thousand school yards, to play this game of love with you. Always with you, forever yours, Karen.