In Memory

Michael Marshall - Class Of 1953

Michael Marshall

Michael A Marshall passed away July 19, 2018 at the age of 82. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years Patty, and his sons Tom (Laurie) of Corona del Mar, Jeff of Santa Barbara and Jack (Erica) of Lake Forest, California. He is also survived by his seven treasured grandchildren; and his brother Joe (Mollie) Marshall, and his sister Fonia (Dick) Humphries.

Mike was born September 15, 1935 in San Luis Obispo and grew up in San Marino, attending and graduating from South Pasadena - San Marino High School in 1953. He went on to attend Princeton University (Class of 1957), before spending three years in the US Air Force, retiring as a Captain in 1960.

His employment life had two distinct segments - a successful 20-year career with IBM during the formative years of modern-day computing, transitioning in 1977 to a management position in the Santa Barbara real estate industry. He was well-respected in the Santa Barbara business community, including service as president of the Downtown Rotary. The common thread of success in all his pursuits was Mike's unique ability to connect with people. He had a deep love for Santa Barbara, having lived in the City the majority of his life. He served on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Zoological Society and was active with numerous charities. Mike was an avid cyclist, and for over 40 years he and his friends in the WLPA cycling group traversed the many wonderful routes of Santa Barbara and beyond. The club affectionately referred to Mike as the 'Emperor' of the WLPA peloton.

For over three decades Mike and Patty have been deeply connected with the Birnam Wood Golf Club, with Mike having served on the Board of Directors of the Club, and in other capacities. An ardent golfer and devoted bridge player, Mike was grateful for his many treasured friendships and really valued his service to the Club.

Mike enjoyed walking on Butterfly Beach with Patty and his dogs, traveling and spending time with extended family and friends - and he was particularly fond of watching his grandchildren pursue their various activities. Family dinners (particularly those culminating with ice cream) and long family walks brought him great joy.

The Santa Barbara News-Press, July 26, 2018