Robert "Arlie" Marshall passed away on Oct. 2, 1998, after a courageous six-month battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Marshall of Eureka; his sister, Patti (Marshall) LeGary of Eureka; his niece and nephews, Maria Lopez of New Britain, Conn.,Tony Lopez of Kihei, Hawaii, and John Lopez of Eureka; his uncles, Charles Marshall and David Marshall of Marysville, Wash.; his aunt Nova (Marshall) Peterson of Okanogan, Wash.; his half brother, Steven Marshall of Florida; and his half sister Carolyn Denson of Texas.
Arlie was born April 23, 1944, in San Diego. His father and uncles were all very artistic, but none were "artists". It was known by the age of six years that Arlie would be the artist in the Marshall family, when he demonstrated the possession of a photographic memory and said all he had to do was "follow the lines" in his head.
After graduating Costa Mesa High School, Orange County, in 1962, he joined the Army and became a Green Beret in the Special Forces. When he completed his tour of duty, he settled in Huntington Beach, where he produced and sold copious amounts of art, mostly sculptures and ceramics until a fire destroyed all of his possessions in 1978. Shortly after, he moved to Redding and soon discovered he needed to get close to the ocean again, thus his move to Eureka in 1980.