Obituary – Captain James D. Marshall


Captain James D. Marshall

November 29, 1942 – February 17, 2023

Jim was born on November 29, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas and passed away at home February 17, 2023 in Point Roberts, listening to Jerry Jeff Walker with his wife by his side. Jim was predeceased by sister Nancy Kay, and mother and father Helen and Edward. Jim is survived by his wife Shivé, daughter Lisa, sister Marianne, brother Ed (Heather), step-children, step grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

At the age of thirteen, the family moved to Golden, Colorado where he went to school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. While in college he was an accomplished baseball and football player. After graduating, Jim settled on making the military his career and enlisted in the Marines. That was short lived when he was injured and received an honorable discharge.

With his passion for flying and airplanes he then turned to a career in aviation and joined United Airlines in January 1968 where he spent 35 years “Flying with the Blue Side Up.” He flew the 727, 737, 757, 767, and retired as captain on the Boeing 747-400 on November 29, 2002. His favorite of all time was the 727. When he wasn’t flying a plane, he would take every opportunity to fly his Cessna 195 tail dragger, which he rebuilt and was his pride and joy.

Retirement came at a cost to Jim’s health. He sold his airplane, took a hit to his pension when UAL claimed bankruptcy and at the age of 60, was no longer flying. One thing is for certain though, Jim was a gentleman – he had integrity, loyalty and honor. He was a proud, caring man and one heck of a friend. He was always there to help. One of his main missions after retirement was to give his mother the best life possible after his father passed away. He definitely accomplished that.

Jim and Shivé enjoyed their boat, which they were married on, and took road trips, especially to Montana to see his mother and sister. He also enjoyed taking trips with his brother Ed, whether fishing on the Kispiox River in B.C. or traveling abroad.

Jim and Shivé’s wish for him was to be cared for at home and spend his final days looking out at the birds and watching football and golf on the big screen TV in the comfort of his own bed. For the last three and a half years of his life, Shivé, his wife and friend, was his sole caregiver until he passed away.

Per Jim’s request, there will be no memorial service. He will be interred with his mother and father in Glacier National Park, Montana.

If you wish to make a contribution, please make it to either Point Roberts Food Bank or Point Roberts Circle of Care. You may contact Shivé at 360/927-1921.