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Obituary for David William Marshall

David W. Marshall
June 21, 1930 – June 2, 2023

David William Marshall of Anacortes passed away June 2nd at The Josephine Caring Community in Stanwood.
Born to David John and Ida Marshall on June 21, 1930, David was born and raised in Birmingham, England with his sister, Joan, and brother Tommy.

After graduating from Rugby Public School in Birmingham, he joined the British Colonial Service as a police officer and was stationed in Kenya. Over the nine years there, he was in charge of patrols in Naivasha, Malindi, Nakuru and Nairobi. This was during the time of the MauMau uprisings and very dangerous.
At the same time, rugby was a big event and David played rugby with the police force. His claim to fame was that he played against Idi Amin.

In 1961 David was reassigned to the Fiji Islands as Colonial Police Superintendent in Suva. While there he was the personal bodyguard to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles on their royal visits to Suva.
As a serious rugby player, David coached the Fiji Rugby Team and toured New Zealand with his team. While in Fiji, he met and married his wife, Helen and had two sons, David John, and Ian Michael. He remained in Suva until 1971 before resigning and moving to Woodinville Washington.

After moving to Woodinville, he worked at Sears until his retirement in 1993. After his retirement, he volunteered with the Redmond Police Department. David’s interests were varied including rugby, soccer, golf, pickleball and travel. He and his wife traveled frequently to Europe, the UK, Australia, India, Africa, China, Mexico and the Phillipines. He coached both his son’s and his wife’s soccer teams.

David was preceded in death by his sister, Joan and brother, Tommy. He leaves his wife of 57 years Helen Marie, sons David John and Ian Michael and four grandchildren, David Maxwell, Luciava, Stella Joanna and Negus Ayton.

A celebration of David will be held on Saturday June 24, from 2-5pm at the Secret Cove in Anacortes. All are invited to come and help celebrate the life of this proper English gentleman.