Jay M. Marshall [Courtesy photo]

Beloved husband, father and grandfather Jay M. Marshall passed away on Sunday, July 14.

He will be fondly remembered by many in Moab as the courtesy clerk at City Market, who always had Smarties for kids of all ages (“Smarties Man”), and an inspirational thought to share every day. He worked at City Market from 1997 until 2017.

Marshall was born on April 20, 1933, to Herbert Louis Marshall and Geneva Riches in a small mining town high in the mountains, west of Price, called Hiawatha, Utah. After graduating high school in Carbon County, he decided to serve his country and joined the U.S. Air Force. He served during the Korean War as a jet mechanic, working with hydraulics. He was stationed in north Japan for 3 years; during his time there he fell in love with the people and the language. He was always excited to share his stories of his time overseas and find people to speak Japanese with. While in Japan he was ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Col. Ernest Hillhouse.

Marshall attended Carbon College, Utah State University and Colorado State University. He majored in both biological science and English.

He worked many jobs during his life, but the one he loved the most was with Living Scriptures. Marshall was their top salesman for 5 years. In his later years, he also enjoyed being a substitute teacher. He loved being able to encourage his students to find a love for learning. 

He was a devoted lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Pat Henningson in 1961, and they were sealed in the Saint George Temple. They spent 58 years together, which he described as his best years.

They were blessed with 11 children: Cindy (Ken) Parker; Jeff (Kim) Marshall; Rose (Chuck) Adan; Jolene Marshall; Ann (Reid) Walkenhorst; Mary (Robert) Gordon; John (Serafina) Marshall; Jake (Samantha) Marshall; Sally (Sage) McCann; Daniel (Moriah) Marshall; and Megan Marshall. They have 27 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on July 18 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel 701 Locust Lane in Moab. A viewing will be held 1-hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military rites.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.