Marshall West Sawyer III


Marshall West Sawyer III passed away in February 2019 at the age of 84. He was born in September 1934 in Arizona to Jean and Marshall II. Marshall III graduated from University High School in Santa Monica, Calif. and served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1954-1956.

Marshall was a self-professed “Jack of All Trades” whose career included sales, aerospace industry management, and cattle ranching. He was an avid hunter, non-commercial pilot, boater, and fisherman. He knew how to brand a calf, fly a Cessna, speak Spanish, prepare venison at least 10 ways, and sell anything. Aside from a diverse career, Marshall embodied the word “eclectic” as his tastes in books, food and music were wide-ranging. He was just as happy with a chili dog smothered with onions as with steak tartar garnished with capers; just as enthralled reading Koontz as with Kipling; and just as moved by the Eurythmics as with Mahler. He was a forward thinker, true patriot, loyal friend, loving father, and The World’s Best Granddad.

He leaves behind and will be greatly missed by his sister, Cynthia Sawyer Hart, daughters Elizabeth (Betsy) and Cheryl, loving goddaughter Carol, grandchildren Mary, George, and Frank, devoted dog Annie, and a dozen or so Leatherman pocket knives in the TSA collection bin.

Services will be held at the National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. on Feb. 25, 2019. Private memorial celebrations will be held in Los Angeles and Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Eagar, Arizona post) in Marshall’s name.

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