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Smith Funeral Home
Monday December 19th, 2022

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St. James Catholic Church
Tuesday December 20th, 2022

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William H. Marshall

Bill (Will) Marshall, a long-time resident of Davis, passed away after a short illness.  He was surrounded by his wife and children.  Bill was a graduate of UC Davis, Department of Engineering.  He went on to work as a Civil Engineer for city governments, working in the Department of Public Works for the City of Davis for over 30 years.  Upon retirement, he worked as a surveyor for several years.  In whatever role Bill took on in his life, he was a mentor and teacher.

Bill was an active member of St. James Parish in Davis.  He was active in the Davis community in many ways.  He was an AYSO soccer referee for several years when his children were young.  He was an election poll worker for over 2 decades.  He served on the Davis Cemetery Board.  Bill was very generous to many charities and reached out to the unsheltered, giving $2 bills for luck and treating those he saw in need to a meal.  Each year Bill and his family would adopt a family for the STEAC Holiday Program. 

Bill was an Eagle Scout.  He enjoyed camping, backpacking and hiking.  Most of all, he enjoyed family time and had a great love of dogs.  He will be missed by his wife Nina, children William, Susan and Stephen (Jenna) and his granddaughter, along with extended family and dear friends.  A rosary will be held December 19, Monday evening at 7 p.m at the Smith Funeral Home, 116 D Street.

The funeral mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 20, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis, with a gravesite service for family and those who would like to attend, immediately following.  A reception will be held at St. James Parish directly after the mass.

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Bill was a dear family friend and godfather to our daughter. He and Nina were the best next door neighbors we ever had. May Nina and her children find comfort in our faith community. May the the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God Rest In Peace.

Trudy and Brenan Connolly Dec 19 2022 8:10 PM

Bill's generosity and incredible spirit will never be forgotten. He was such a good and kind man to all. Our family was touched by his presence and we were blessed to have been able to share in his life.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nina,William,Susan,Stephan and their families during this sad time and always.
Bill will be deeply missed.
Warren and Sue

Warren and Susan Wolf Dec 19 2022 11:18 AM

Over 20 years ago in my first yolo county election Bill was the team lead for my precinct… he taught me the ropes of being a volunteer with the key being “we are here for the voters”. Oh he had opinions and insights he’d discretely share and as another civil engineer his jokes had me laughing for days. Later when I’d rove between precincts I always found his in perfect order, with a happy team and whatever glitch was happening Bill had a solution already figured out. In fact more than once I’d give him a call and ask ‘hey we are having this problem, has your team already experienced this and solved it’ and of course they have!

Many of the team leads across davis also spent time learning from him. Though it saddens me that I won’t be building new memories with him on Election Day I will always associate democracy and the freedom we all enjoy with him.

Michael Mierzwa Dec 17 2022 1:53 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Marshall

Davis League of Women Voters Dec 14 2022 9:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Marshall

Josh Dec 14 2022 8:17 PM

My heart goes out to all of Bill's family. I knew Bill for 50 years and was blessed to have known him. I was not his blood relative, but nonetheless Bill alway addressed me as family (familia). Bill was an only child and repeatedly welcomed friends into his fold/pack. Bill was kindhearted to everyone he met, and generous in spirit, time, and resources.

In times where I struggled with the unknown, Bill would always quote to me "Que sera, sera" (What will be, will be). He was at peace with that philosophy on life, and helped and taught me to live peacefully and acceptingly to that view as well. Bill was a good listener, and comforted me and others in difficult times. He also shared his joy and laughter, and celebrated people's successes with them. Bill always believed that things happen for a reason, even when we don't know what that reason is at the time, and even when things happen that we don't expect that may be joyous, difficult, or a bit of both.

Bill loved his family and extended family unconditionally, and with a full heart. I shall miss him, his voice, his kindness, his humor, his generosity, check-in calls, and the list could go on. At the end of each call he would say, "and give Bernie , your little doggie, a treat or two and greetings from me." Bill's love for animals was limitless, and I know his sweet, devoted dog, Abby, will notice his absence and miss him too.

I know everyone who knew Bill will miss him. I will always carry Bill in my heart with sweet remembrances, and with a smile. Go in peace, Bill, heaven is lucky to have you as one of their angels to look down on and protect all of his loved ones.

Goodbye for now. I know we will meet again, and that gives me comfort. Sending you hugs, love, warmth, and peace.......

Sharon Dec 14 2022 2:51 PM

Dear Nina, I am so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He will be missed by all who were blessed to have known him. Rest assured he is safe in the arms of Our Dear Lord and our Blessed Mother.
Diane King and Family

Diane King Dec 13 2022 9:17 PM

Bill will be missed at 7pm Mass. He was always so proud of our team to make sure we had all the people in place. May the love of our Lord be with Nina and his family during this time.

Susan Carl Dec 13 2022 8:54 PM

I remember Bill as a man who deeply loved his family, the church, his friends, and giving to others. It was an honor to have served with him at St. James Church. May he rest in peace.

Darlene Hunter Dec 13 2022 7:41 PM

I remember Bill as being a very loyal poll worker on Election Day, something that is so very important especially at this time. May he be enjoying the happiness of heaven and peace and rest with God.

Mary Anne Anne Kirsch Dec 13 2022 6:49 PM

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