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Marshall Joseph Atherton
date of birth June 4 1934
date of death December 16 2019
Marshall J. Atherton passed away peacefully with family December 16, 2019 at the age of 85.
Marshall was born in Kansas City, MO to Gerald and Josaphine Atherton.He went to Columbia Grade School and Jefferson High School in Portland, OR and was student body president in 1952.
He attended University of Oregon for two years and joined the US Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps he spent 2 years in Korea, climbed Mt. Fuji and explored the back country of Japan.
He then joined the automotive industry in 1962.In 1964 he joined Datsun Corporation.In 1967 was transferred to California as the National Sales Distributor until 1972.He also owned his own dealership for 10 years.
He met his wife Shirley in California in 1990, she owned an Automotive Parts Inventory Service company and they married in 1991.There were married 28 years and lovingly gained 2 sons Mark and Brian Remington, 1 daughter Jill Simpson, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
His favorite hobby was racing and started in the 50’s and ran in the first Rose Cup in 1961. He raced many cars over the years. He had an MGA, GT3 Nissan 200sx, Spec Ford, EP Nissan 240sx, T2 Chev Camaro, T2 Nissan 350z and AS Chevy Camaro. He was in many clubs over the years including Cascade Club, SCCA, and Team Continental. As a couple, Marshall and Shirley traveled to many places and events, including Monte Carlo Grand Prix and other European countries.
He started 99 West Trailers in Newberg Oregon in 2000 and continued racing for a number of years winning many first place flags.He sold 99 West Trailers in 2010.
When Marshall and Shirley blended their family he was dearly loved by all and became a devoted family man.He made amazing friends and will be dearly missed by all.
He was an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Canby, Oregon and will be missed by his church family.
Services will be held at Canby Funeral Chapel, 160 S. Grant Street, Canby, OR on Saturday, January 25th at 1:00pm.
8 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by BRIAN REMINGTON Papa - you were a fantastic, loving father. Thank you for all you did for me and my family. You are my hero!
Candle lit by Breanna Otterson P.P. - I love you so much!! Thank you for always being there for me!! I know you’re watching over my family! I hope you know how much you impacted my life! Say Hi to Jesus for me ❤️
Candle lit by Jillian Simpsonn Thank you Papa for loving mom, me and especially my children so much and being such a wonderful example of what a father figure should be for Sophia as she was growing up in your house and then visiting all week after school.
Candle lit by Greg and Linda Wilson What an incredible man! You will be greatly missed. To his priceless family, thank you all for sharing him. Shirley, he loved you so very much!
Candle lit by Bernice (Tylen) Gustaff A quick note adding my thoughts for a special friend from high school days. A true gentleman in every way! I will miss your service on the 25th as I will be in La Quinta at a celebration of life for a life-long friend. Please know I'll be with you all in spirit. Prayers go forth for you, Shirley, and family.
Candle lit by Cindi and Fred Lux What an incredible person. Taught us to much about compassion.
Candle lit by John Eichorn