Rev. Donald Edward Marshall was the only son of Donald Marshall and Verda (Mathine) Marshall. He was born January 9, 1950, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and departed this life on December 22, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 71 years.
After living in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for a short time, Don soon moved with his mother to a farm one mile north of Winnetoon, Nebraska, where he attended Bethesda Lutheran Church. He and his mother moved to Creighton, Nebraska, in 1963, where he attended Creighton High School, graduating in 1968.
Don was an excellent student, served on student council, was editor of the school newspaper, and acted in two class plays. He played bass guitar in a rock ‘n roll band known as The Conspiritors during high school, the first Creighton-based rock band.
He excelled at basketball, starting as a sophomore and earning three varsity letters for teams that finished with 15-4 and 16-4 records his junior and senior seasons, respectively. As a senior, he was team high scorer with 31 points in a school-record-setting 114-49 win over Elkhorn Valley, and led the team in field goal percentage and free throw percentage that season, earning Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. He had a memorable high-arching shot from 3-point range in the days before there was a 3-point line. In 1993, Don and several of his teammates, including cousins Bob and Jim Mathine, returned for their 25th-year class reunion and won the Creighton Alumni Basketball Tournament championship.
In the summer, Don played baseball for Creighton’s American Legion team, where he was an outstanding pitcher and infielder, helping the team reach the district finals in 1966.
After graduating from Creighton High School, he attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He later transferred to the University of South Dakota-Springfield, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1974.
Don then attended and graduated from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served over 40 years providing pastoral care to Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Oaks, Oklahoma, St John 's Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas, and St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
Pastor Marshall began his ministry at Oaks Indian Mission in Oaks, Oklahoma, and returned to Oaks later in his career, where he was serving as Executive Director at the time of his death. He spent decades ministering to congregations, communities, Native American families and youth. Marshall's work in ministry has earned recognition at synod-wide church assemblies and speaking engagements. In 2019, Marshall received the Samuel Worcester Award from the Cherokee Nation at the Cherokee National Holiday, given to non-Cherokees who have made substantial contributions to the preservation of Cherokee heritage, culture, community, and sovereignty.
Don also enjoyed reading and writing, and had a gift for writing poetry. His writing has earned awards from the Ozark Writers & Artists Guild and The Tulsa Library Foundation.
An avid sports fan, Marshall had a love and passion for Husker football. Don was the epitome of community service, a father figure, a mentor to many. He gave his heart and soul to his congregations along with his life-long commitment to Oaks Indian Mission.
Don had a special gift; he was a connector, and people were drawn to him. Through his faith, he impacted and inspired many lives. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. "Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints."
Don Marshall was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife Gretchen Fields Marshall; special aunt and uncle Betty and Virgil Mathine; sisters-in-law Colleen Toro, Cora Bell Smith, Loretta Combs, and Sue Mathine.
He is survived by his children Delora Marshall of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Michael Marshall of Idabel, Oklahoma, and Trina Frazier of Ladera Ranch, California; granddaughter Laynee Marshall of McAlester, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Evelyn Starr of Kansas, Oklahoma; brother-in-law Bill Smith of Jay, Oklahoma; special cousins Ed Mathine of Omaha, Nebraska, Jim and wife Rita Mathine of Fort Worth, Texas, Bob Mathine and Terri Samuelson of Omaha, Nebraska; Cheryl and husband Phil Gray of Omaha, Nebraska, as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends.
Services have been held in Oaks, Oklahoma. Memorial donations may be made to the organization Don held most dear to his heart, to the Don Marshall Memorial Fund, Oaks Indian Mission. P.O. Box 130, Oaks, OK 74359 or online at www.oaksindianmission.org.