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James Austin Marshall


James Austin Marshall died Dec. 20, 2004 at his home in Baggs, Wyo., following a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Marshall was born Jan. 23, 1939, in Artesia, N.M., to Frank and Bytha (Norton) Marshall.

Marshall was raised and attended school in Artesia. Following school he served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He married Mary McGhee in Littlefield, Texas, and to this union, three children were born. They lived in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and Utah as he pursued his work in the oil fields. They were later divorced. Marshall married Mildred Craner on May 21, 1976, in Craig. They have lived in Baggs since then, where he operated his own welding shop. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and animals, especially his dogs.

Marshall is survived by his wife, Mildred Marshall of Baggs; daughter, Dollie Ann (Jim) Mehojah of Ponca City, Okla.; stepdaughter, Debbie (Dave) Allan of Baggs; sons Jimmy Lee (Karen) Marshall of O’Brien, Texas, and Rodney James (Kristii) Marshall of Dayton; grandchildren Mckenna, Zachary, Ben, Matthew, Michael, Austin, Mackenzie, Sara, and Samantha; mother, Bytha Wick of Palisade; sisters Linda Thompson of Tishomingo, and Donna Bochman of Elko, Nev.; brothers Tom Marshall of Elk City, and Mike Mossburg of Grand Junction; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marshall was preceded in death by his father, sisters Sue, Evelyn, and Maxine, brother, Frank, and granddaughter, Mychaela.

Services were held Dec. 22, 2004, at Little Snake River School with Paul Prestrud officiating. The pianist was Debbie Myers. Selections were, “The Place Where I Worship,” by Jake Fleming, and “I’ll Fly Away,” by Rae Lynne Prestrud.

Pallbearers were Chuck Orchard, John Clark, Ron Iverson, Keith Pankey, Curt Lau, and Bobby Dunckley. Honorary pallbearers were Ruth Dick, Sue Kunsman, Missy Smith, Charleen Butler, Yvonne Weber, and Lloyd Fleming.

Interment was at Baggs Cemetery.

Military honors were performed by the officers of the VFW Post No. 4265, with “Taps” by Ann and Jason Wille.

Memorial donations may be made to the Baggs Fire Department or the Baggs Ambulance Service, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

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