1936-Sept. 20, 2012
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Jack Marshall, 75, died Sept. 20, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise from a subdural hematoma caused by an unexpected fall. He suffered from cancer but in the last six months had regained his strength, dignity and pride.
Celebrations of Jack's life will be held in Curacao this November and on the McKenzie River near his childhood home next spring.
Jack's journey through life has always been an adventurous one. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1936, he lived his early years on an avocado ranch. In the early 1940s his family built and opened a fishing lodge on the McKenzie River in Oregon.
Jack became a fly-fishing river rat, a high school basketball and track star in Salem, Ore., and a graduate of Stanford University's School of Architecture. Although he never worked as an architect, the education and the people he met through his Stanford experience were invaluable to his success as an international resort developer.
Jack was blessed with a profession that challenged, frustrated and thrilled him. Two of his projects, Spanish Bay Resort at Pebble Beach and Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado, are rated in the top 50 resorts in the U.S. Throughout his career he tapped a small group of fiercely loyal, gifted men to help him actualize and implement his vision. His foray into the development business began in the early 1970s when he developed the master plan for the island of Lanai for Castle and Cooke.
Jack when on create a project in Baja, Mexico, and a residential golf community at Elkhorn in Sun Valley. As head of real estate for the Pebble Beach Company, he got approvals for and oversaw the construction of Spanish Bay Resort and the Poppy Hills golf course.
While President of Vail Associates in the late 1970s, Jack developed Beaver Creek Resort. While working on Vidauban in Southern France, he was enlisted to become president of Valbois in Donnelly, which later became Tamarack Resort, and to guide that project through the permit process. Although Jack was associated with Valbois for only short time, Jack and his wife, Susie, decided to make beautiful McCall their full time home and were deeply involved in this community.
Jack continued to work away from McCall but found time to serve on the McCall Planning and Zoning Commission for several years. However, in 2001, he began commuting between Curacao, a Dutch island in southernmost part of the Caribbean, and McCall. Curacao and the Santa Barbara Plantation resort he developed there with Dutch partners, captured his heart, his time, and his passion for the next 11 years.
Jack loved horses and became an avid roper in Colorado on his beloved horse, Poco. He was proud that he kept his thumbs.
Horses, dog, cats and even the geese and the foxes were drawn to him, hence his nickname "goose boy."
Jack is survived by his wife, Susie, of McCall and his daughter, Sarah Marshall, of Prescott, Ariz. and her mother, Jean Marshall of McMinville, Ore. Other survivors - Sarah’s daughter, Arley Semon, of Washington; his nieces, Dana Noe of Ohio and Lisa Cornell of Boise and their children as well as Susie’s daughter, Kaya, and her children - spent many happy summers and winters playing and learning to ski with their adored Uncle and Papa Jack in MCall.
The Marshall family is so grateful for the loving support of the whole McCall community and especially St. Luke's Hospice and Home Health Care in McCall during his battle with cancer.
Per Jack's wishes, donations in his name, if desired, should be sent specifically to St. Luke's Hospice and Home Health Care McCall, 1000 State Street, McCall, ID 83638.