Papa was born in a tent on the Sandy river 2 days after Christmas
in 1920 to Eveylin Charlotte Bates and Fred Albert Marshall. He was premature and very small so the doctor
put him in the oven and told them not to expect the baby to live. He was so sure that he didn’t
bother to fill out a birth certificate.
In 1942, when Philip wanted to join the Army, he needed a birth
certificate so he had to go the doctor and get a “delayed”
birth certificate! Phil intended
to be a truck driver in the service, however, the guy assigning jobs had too
many truck drivers. He noticed that
Philip had taken drafting in high school so he
sent him to the Cartography
division for training. He
with the 941st Engineering Aviation
Topographic Division in Northern Africa and Italy. While in Italy, Mount Vesuvius erupted and
the guys when
to see it and he melted the soles of his shoes on hot lava!
He excelled in the cartography field and continued map making in
civilian life. Retiring from the Bureau
of Land Management in 1983 after 40 years of Federal service. The BLM is why he ended up in Boise, Idaho,
transferring here in 1954. After
retirement, Mom and Dad spent many weekends camping with the BLM retirees
Papa graduated from Estacada Union High School in Estacada,
Oregon in 1941 and married his high
school sweetheart, Bethel Louise Hagerman, on November 22, 1942 while he was
home on the 3-day pass from Fort Lewis, Washington. They were married 66 years
when Bethel passed in 2009. They had
three children, Bill (and Sharie), Joanna, and Craig before moving to
Idaho. They in turn gave him 4
grandchildren; Patrick (and Kathy) Marshall, Erika (and Jim) Brandt, Michele
Marshall, and Erin Hansen. And then a
great-granddaughter, Lyric Finney. He
also had 4 nieces: Bobbie (and Michael) Arthur; Carla (and John) Emerling;
Vickie (deceased); and Rosina (and Don) Sturm.
Mom got him involved in Boise Little Theater and the First
Methodist Church Meri-Weds group. They
both gave up their involvement in the theater as it became more difficult for
them to do, but Philip continued to attended the monthly Meri-Weds dinners up
to April of 2015 when he just did not have the stamina to go any more.
His grandfather taught him to play cribbage when he was a young
boy, and we played until he reached the point where he just could not
concentrate on the game. He loved taking
pictures and developed his film in his own darkroom until it became so easy to
get film developed at the stores. He
also loved fishing. Just before
retirement he started rock hounding and spent many hours making cabochons which
he placed in bolo ties, belt buckles, and pendants.
Papa had COPD and Congestive Heart Failure for many years but finally
lost the battle on July 26, 2015. A memorial service will be at Alden-Waggoner
at 1:00 on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.