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sharon mears
sharon mears
Hi...I have been trying to make contact with others who have gone thru this awful disease.  My sister passed away last week from CJD and she was 58years old. She was a wonderful person like your husband and father was.  She was diagnosed on March 23, 2010 and passed away on April 9, 2010.  I feel that this is now a mission for me...to find out as much as I can about the disease so that I can relay the correct information to all that ask and to do whatever I can do, to help, find a cure for this devastating illness.  I would love to hear from any members of your family!  I have been in contact with the CJDfoundation and it has been a very good resource for comfort and knowledge. God Bless your family and all others who have been touched by this illness!
Sincerely,
Sharon
 
my email address is: chermears@yahoo.com
 
Russ Staub
Russ Staub
Dave played on my Little League team in San Lorenzo when I was 12. He was our star player and had a beautiful and very effective swing that I tried to duplicate later when I played high school ball. And what a nice guy.

I never saw him again after that year, but he was one of those people who just cried out leadership by example, someone who leaves a big gap when he departs. He was the sort of kid that every other kid back then wanted to be.  My sincerest condolences to your family for your loss.
Rachel Barrett
Rachel Barrett
I wish I could go to the 2009 Imagine Awards.

As long as I am wishing, I would like to read a biography of Dave. I'd still like to get to know him better.

Dave left so much written material in his letters and journals, reviews, and comments in programs. There are so many authors in Ashland, weren't any of them in one of Dave's choruses? Someone should write that book. As it is, people who never met Dave have been touched by his story.
walt shannon
walt shannon
my condolences to the marston family.  i knew david's family (chapman, sarah, jim, steve and david) from the 50's and 60's at grace baptist church in san leandro.  i took piano lessons from sarah as a child.

may the comfort and grace of the heavenly father be with you.

walt shannon

wshannon@waterboards.ca.gov
hbum99@yahoo.com
Bonnie Wolfman
Bonnie Wolfman
Dear Marston Family ~

I am so glad to have been a part of the music celebration with the Havurah.  It was a blessed night ~ praying that Saturday will be an amazing time for everyone ~ I wish I could be there, but I will be singing/playing a solo concert  (with an original version of "Eleanor Rigby" among others) at the United Nations Plaza in S. Francisco.  I will lift my spirit up for Dave during the song. 

Blessings to You ~
pip cornall
pip cornall
It is July 10 in Australia and yesterday I received news of Dave's death and struggles with CJD. I rang Beverly Bowman from the Siskiyou Singers and we talked at length about Dave;s last days.

That experience made his passing very real for me since I have not seen him for several years. Like many of us I owe my solo tenor gigs to him. His encouragement, love, vitality and joie de vivre was an important part of my life.

I also sang with Rose and Sarah in various 'Extended Circle' events in the retirement homes. My heart goes out to them and to Tami and Anni as well.

I cherish my time with the Siskiyou Singers and my duet mate, Beverly Bowman.

So from a distance I'd like to convey my gratitude to Dave and all the activites he inspired. My heart is both heavy with loss and some regret that I did not stay in touch with Dave and joy for having been close to him in the 90's.

Love to all

Pip Cornall
Peter Churchill
Peter Churchill
Dear Tami and Family,

You do not know me; however, I knew Dave from playing baseball in San Lorenzo, CA little league in 1965.  We both played on the major leagues and oftentimes pitched for our teams.

Dave played for Turner Sporting Goods.  His team, with Dave pitching, handed our team, Prings Coffee Shop our first loss.  Dave was a real competitor.

One evening we pitched against one another in a real pitching duel that probably lasted from 6:00PM until 8:30PM on a May, 1965 evening.  The bleachers were full.  The final score was 1-0.

The last time I saw Dave was at Cal-State University Hayward in early 1976.  Dave worked in the library and would examine the books of the students as they left the library.

Dave was a great fellow; a real sports competitor.  I will miss him.

My sympathy to your family

Sincerely,


Peter Churchill
David Chilcote
David Chilcote
I stand corrected on my message below...I meant to say 5 immediate family members...not 3....My apologies......You have to understand, we ball players talk about umpires strike zones...or how we just missed hitting that ball out the park, or how I was safe, and everyone else just saw it wrong...Or no thats not a beer belly, thats just where I store my extra glove...seemingly we dont speak too much about the kids while between the lines...So I stand corrected, and my prayers go out to Tami and both sons and both daughters....God Bless!
David Chilcote
David Chilcote
Dear Tami, and Marston Family...

Im very saddened to hear of Daves passing, only because he was taken far too early....Faced with the circumstances I am happy as you should be too, that he was able to complete and do so many wonderful and meaningful things while here with us.  But one should look at it with with happiness and with appreciation that you were blessed to have him in your lives and to bear witness to the many great and wonderful things that he achieved while here.. And that he has 2 wonderful kids to carry forward in some ways in his footsteps and in other ways outside of them.  But they will always have Dave within guiding them not in person now, but in spirit...So although its a sad time to have seen him go, it is also a time to be happy that he has surely arrived at the big baseball diamond in the sky, having his name called as part of the starting lineup, and always sure to get a hit....And all the while he plays the greatest game there, he can feel comfort in that he left behind only temporarily 3 wonderful people just as he himself was.  At some point he will be reunited and until then, he surely wouldnt want you to be unhappy or to mourn, he would want you to press forward and be the people that he would like to have seen you be, to achieve all your goals and to make him proud now while watching over you, as you surely did while he was here with you!  We will all miss Dave....This isnt the end of the game, its simply extra innings!!!

PS I got my bobblehead, and its right here on my desk...Everytime I look at it , I think of Dave at the game, smiling and sharing a moment that made him and everyone around him happy...Including me!!!

Thanks

David Chilcote...(Chilly)
Jacqueline Dougherty
Jacqueline Dougherty
I am so saddened to hear of Dave's death.  I am sending heartfelt prayers to all of his family members. 

I have very fond memories of singing with Dave in his Dicken's Dinners at the Winchester Inn.  I was so pleased when he agreed to take over the leadership of the Siskiyou Singers when I left the Rogue Valley.  His leadership of this group for over 20 years is a testament to his ability and charisma as a director.  He had so many gifts and he shared them lovingly with many others. 

Dave was such a vital part of the music scene in the Rogue Valley.  He will be greatly missed. 

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Dougherty
Steve Russell
Steve Russell
I am so saddened to hear of Dave's passing...I knew Dave from our days at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo,Calif... and we stayed in contact periodically throughout the years. Dave was(is because he still lives in my heart) the kind of person who made you feel that you had worth as a human being. He was able to draw out the creative potential in me personally and through the years countless others. His life in some ways provided a vision for me to aspire to.

He was someone who found his passion, lived it, and in turn was able to share it with others...


My heartfelt condolonces to your family Dave......

"and in the end the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"

Steve Russell
 
Newbury, New Hampshire
Leslie Caplan
Leslie Caplan
Dearest Marston Family,
I had the honor of being one of Dave's main caregiver's in the last 2 weeks of his life.  To witness the incredible, consistant flow of love and support for Dave was amazing.  Although I did not know Dave, I cared for him every day with all of my heart.  I felt very honored to be asked to be his caregiver.  In my few years of doing Hospice work, caring for Dave has been my most profound and moving experience.  To bear witness to all that love, unconditional give, admiration, and generousity of spirit was life transforming.  I am grateful to have been a part of it all.  Many Blessings to your family. 
Mary Hymes
Mary Hymes
Our prayers are with Daves family and friends,, we have lost a great man but heaven has gained an awesome angel,, we only knew dave & the Nowhere men from several concerts we attended and had only spoken to him briefly a few times, but during one of those times in Rogue River,, I had asked if he and the band would play my fathers favorite song ( he had passed away at age 90 back in jan 2001) ,, his favorite song was "Hey Jude" which they did play and the tears just flowed down cheeks,,  That small gesture on their part made a lasting impression,, that was my 1st time hearing the band and then we  made it a point to attend all local concerts we could as my husband & I dont get around alot due to  a disablility
God Bless you  ,
Mary & Lonny
meowry1953@charter.net 
Rhonda Loftis
Rhonda Loftis
Dear Tami and family,
The first time I met Dave was back in the early 90's  when all those icky anti-gay ballot measures were lurking about. Dave graciously and generously sang at the all of the rallies and marches. When our dear friends Roxy and Michelle were killed Dave was there to comfort us with song. Anytime anyone has ever called upon Dave to perform he has been there with his heartfelt presense. He was absolutely one of the most giving human beings on Earth and I hope that this brings you peace and comfort during your grief.  I will miss him and his gift of music. Heaven just got another angel in Dave.
Norman Broadbent
Norman Broadbent
From: Rev. Dr. Norman Broadbent
It was stunningly sad news to learn of Dave's death.  My great privilege had been to have Dave serve as Music Director at First Congregational Church in Ashland during my tenure there, where we developed a professional and personal friendship. His musical instincts and his creativity were a joy to work with, and his gracious approach to my vision for that congregation was a thing of harmony.  I will forever cherish that special working relationship.

Ironically, I recently came across a tape of a July 4 concert in Lithia Park from 1982 where I performed with the Marston singers before a crowd that must have numbered more than 6,000!  Dave also invited me to sing with the Festival Choir for a recording  produced for NPR- my first and only royalty received for singing!  Two events in my life that have long been treasured memories.

The last time Dave and I visited was by chance.  It had been more than ten years since I had last been in Ashland, and I had taken a nostalgic walk through Lithia Park with my youngest son.  On our return from the upper portion of the park, I thought I detected Dave's profile in the children's play area.  Sure enough!  How appropriate that our long-overdue catching up on life stories was in that place of play- joyful, memorable, spontaneous!

I missed connecting with him during last summer's visit to Ashland due to his being in Europe with the Singers.  Now, then, I simply add my voice to the chorus of praise that I hope keeps vibrant the rich musical heritage that Dave worked so diligently to instill in us all.  A set of banners hang in the current place where I pastor.  One reads. "God is still singing..." and the second reads, "...and we are part of the song."  Dave has long been part of the song, and we honor his memory by doing our part in keeping the song alive.  Thanks, Dave, for having lead our various choirs so that we could be part of the song!
Rachel Barrett
Rachel Barrett
Hi Marston Family,
 
The benefits last weekend were fabulous. A real coming together for everyone to celebrate Dave. His life was so much bigger than I realized, and I already thought it was pretty huge.

I've been thinking up a song that might be fun for us to sing at the next wonderful event you are planning. The chorus would go something like this:
 

This man is your man, This man is my man

He led so many Rogue Valley Choirs

He made us amateurs sound really good

This man was made for you and me

 


Well, something like that anyway.

Thank you for your leadership!
sharon mears
sharon mears
Hi...I have been trying to make contact with others who have gone thru this awful disease.  My sister passed away last week from CJD and she was 58years old. She was a wonderful person like your husband and father was.  She was diagnosed on March 23, 2010 and passed away on April 9, 2010.  I feel that this is now a mission for me...to find out as much as I can about the disease so that I can relay the correct information to all that ask and to do whatever I can do, to help, find a cure for this devastating illness.  I would love to hear from any members of your family!  I have been in contact with the CJDfoundation and it has been a very good resource for comfort and knowledge. God Bless your family and all others who have been touched by this illness!
Sincerely,
Sharon
 
my email address is: chermears@yahoo.com
 
walt shannon
walt shannon
my condolences to the marston family.  i knew david's family (chapman, sarah, jim, steve and david) from the 50's and 60's at grace baptist church in san leandro.  i took piano lessons from sarah as a child.

may the comfort and grace of the heavenly father be with you.

walt shannon

wshannon@waterboards.ca.gov
hbum99@yahoo.com
pip cornall
pip cornall
It is July 10 in Australia and yesterday I received news of Dave's death and struggles with CJD. I rang Beverly Bowman from the Siskiyou Singers and we talked at length about Dave;s last days.

That experience made his passing very real for me since I have not seen him for several years. Like many of us I owe my solo tenor gigs to him. His encouragement, love, vitality and joie de vivre was an important part of my life.

I also sang with Rose and Sarah in various 'Extended Circle' events in the retirement homes. My heart goes out to them and to Tami and Anni as well.

I cherish my time with the Siskiyou Singers and my duet mate, Beverly Bowman.

So from a distance I'd like to convey my gratitude to Dave and all the activites he inspired. My heart is both heavy with loss and some regret that I did not stay in touch with Dave and joy for having been close to him in the 90's.

Love to all

Pip Cornall
David Chilcote
David Chilcote
I stand corrected on my message below...I meant to say 5 immediate family members...not 3....My apologies......You have to understand, we ball players talk about umpires strike zones...or how we just missed hitting that ball out the park, or how I was safe, and everyone else just saw it wrong...Or no thats not a beer belly, thats just where I store my extra glove...seemingly we dont speak too much about the kids while between the lines...So I stand corrected, and my prayers go out to Tami and both sons and both daughters....God Bless!
Jacqueline Dougherty
Jacqueline Dougherty
I am so saddened to hear of Dave's death.  I am sending heartfelt prayers to all of his family members. 

I have very fond memories of singing with Dave in his Dicken's Dinners at the Winchester Inn.  I was so pleased when he agreed to take over the leadership of the Siskiyou Singers when I left the Rogue Valley.  His leadership of this group for over 20 years is a testament to his ability and charisma as a director.  He had so many gifts and he shared them lovingly with many others. 

Dave was such a vital part of the music scene in the Rogue Valley.  He will be greatly missed. 

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Dougherty
Mary Hymes
Mary Hymes
Our prayers are with Daves family and friends,, we have lost a great man but heaven has gained an awesome angel,, we only knew dave & the Nowhere men from several concerts we attended and had only spoken to him briefly a few times, but during one of those times in Rogue River,, I had asked if he and the band would play my fathers favorite song ( he had passed away at age 90 back in jan 2001) ,, his favorite song was "Hey Jude" which they did play and the tears just flowed down cheeks,,  That small gesture on their part made a lasting impression,, that was my 1st time hearing the band and then we  made it a point to attend all local concerts we could as my husband & I dont get around alot due to  a disablility
God Bless you  ,
Mary & Lonny
meowry1953@charter.net 
Norman Broadbent
Norman Broadbent
From: Rev. Dr. Norman Broadbent
It was stunningly sad news to learn of Dave's death.  My great privilege had been to have Dave serve as Music Director at First Congregational Church in Ashland during my tenure there, where we developed a professional and personal friendship. His musical instincts and his creativity were a joy to work with, and his gracious approach to my vision for that congregation was a thing of harmony.  I will forever cherish that special working relationship.

Ironically, I recently came across a tape of a July 4 concert in Lithia Park from 1982 where I performed with the Marston singers before a crowd that must have numbered more than 6,000!  Dave also invited me to sing with the Festival Choir for a recording  produced for NPR- my first and only royalty received for singing!  Two events in my life that have long been treasured memories.

The last time Dave and I visited was by chance.  It had been more than ten years since I had last been in Ashland, and I had taken a nostalgic walk through Lithia Park with my youngest son.  On our return from the upper portion of the park, I thought I detected Dave's profile in the children's play area.  Sure enough!  How appropriate that our long-overdue catching up on life stories was in that place of play- joyful, memorable, spontaneous!

I missed connecting with him during last summer's visit to Ashland due to his being in Europe with the Singers.  Now, then, I simply add my voice to the chorus of praise that I hope keeps vibrant the rich musical heritage that Dave worked so diligently to instill in us all.  A set of banners hang in the current place where I pastor.  One reads. "God is still singing..." and the second reads, "...and we are part of the song."  Dave has long been part of the song, and we honor his memory by doing our part in keeping the song alive.  Thanks, Dave, for having lead our various choirs so that we could be part of the song!
Russ Staub
Russ Staub
Dave played on my Little League team in San Lorenzo when I was 12. He was our star player and had a beautiful and very effective swing that I tried to duplicate later when I played high school ball. And what a nice guy.

I never saw him again after that year, but he was one of those people who just cried out leadership by example, someone who leaves a big gap when he departs. He was the sort of kid that every other kid back then wanted to be.  My sincerest condolences to your family for your loss.
Rachel Barrett
Rachel Barrett
I wish I could go to the 2009 Imagine Awards.

As long as I am wishing, I would like to read a biography of Dave. I'd still like to get to know him better.

Dave left so much written material in his letters and journals, reviews, and comments in programs. There are so many authors in Ashland, weren't any of them in one of Dave's choruses? Someone should write that book. As it is, people who never met Dave have been touched by his story.
Bonnie Wolfman
Bonnie Wolfman
Dear Marston Family ~

I am so glad to have been a part of the music celebration with the Havurah.  It was a blessed night ~ praying that Saturday will be an amazing time for everyone ~ I wish I could be there, but I will be singing/playing a solo concert  (with an original version of "Eleanor Rigby" among others) at the United Nations Plaza in S. Francisco.  I will lift my spirit up for Dave during the song. 

Blessings to You ~
Peter Churchill
Peter Churchill
Dear Tami and Family,

You do not know me; however, I knew Dave from playing baseball in San Lorenzo, CA little league in 1965.  We both played on the major leagues and oftentimes pitched for our teams.

Dave played for Turner Sporting Goods.  His team, with Dave pitching, handed our team, Prings Coffee Shop our first loss.  Dave was a real competitor.

One evening we pitched against one another in a real pitching duel that probably lasted from 6:00PM until 8:30PM on a May, 1965 evening.  The bleachers were full.  The final score was 1-0.

The last time I saw Dave was at Cal-State University Hayward in early 1976.  Dave worked in the library and would examine the books of the students as they left the library.

Dave was a great fellow; a real sports competitor.  I will miss him.

My sympathy to your family

Sincerely,


Peter Churchill
David Chilcote
David Chilcote
Dear Tami, and Marston Family...

Im very saddened to hear of Daves passing, only because he was taken far too early....Faced with the circumstances I am happy as you should be too, that he was able to complete and do so many wonderful and meaningful things while here with us.  But one should look at it with with happiness and with appreciation that you were blessed to have him in your lives and to bear witness to the many great and wonderful things that he achieved while here.. And that he has 2 wonderful kids to carry forward in some ways in his footsteps and in other ways outside of them.  But they will always have Dave within guiding them not in person now, but in spirit...So although its a sad time to have seen him go, it is also a time to be happy that he has surely arrived at the big baseball diamond in the sky, having his name called as part of the starting lineup, and always sure to get a hit....And all the while he plays the greatest game there, he can feel comfort in that he left behind only temporarily 3 wonderful people just as he himself was.  At some point he will be reunited and until then, he surely wouldnt want you to be unhappy or to mourn, he would want you to press forward and be the people that he would like to have seen you be, to achieve all your goals and to make him proud now while watching over you, as you surely did while he was here with you!  We will all miss Dave....This isnt the end of the game, its simply extra innings!!!

PS I got my bobblehead, and its right here on my desk...Everytime I look at it , I think of Dave at the game, smiling and sharing a moment that made him and everyone around him happy...Including me!!!

Thanks

David Chilcote...(Chilly)
Steve Russell
Steve Russell
I am so saddened to hear of Dave's passing...I knew Dave from our days at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo,Calif... and we stayed in contact periodically throughout the years. Dave was(is because he still lives in my heart) the kind of person who made you feel that you had worth as a human being. He was able to draw out the creative potential in me personally and through the years countless others. His life in some ways provided a vision for me to aspire to.

He was someone who found his passion, lived it, and in turn was able to share it with others...


My heartfelt condolonces to your family Dave......

"and in the end the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"

Steve Russell
 
Newbury, New Hampshire
Leslie Caplan
Leslie Caplan
Dearest Marston Family,
I had the honor of being one of Dave's main caregiver's in the last 2 weeks of his life.  To witness the incredible, consistant flow of love and support for Dave was amazing.  Although I did not know Dave, I cared for him every day with all of my heart.  I felt very honored to be asked to be his caregiver.  In my few years of doing Hospice work, caring for Dave has been my most profound and moving experience.  To bear witness to all that love, unconditional give, admiration, and generousity of spirit was life transforming.  I am grateful to have been a part of it all.  Many Blessings to your family. 
Rhonda Loftis
Rhonda Loftis
Dear Tami and family,
The first time I met Dave was back in the early 90's  when all those icky anti-gay ballot measures were lurking about. Dave graciously and generously sang at the all of the rallies and marches. When our dear friends Roxy and Michelle were killed Dave was there to comfort us with song. Anytime anyone has ever called upon Dave to perform he has been there with his heartfelt presense. He was absolutely one of the most giving human beings on Earth and I hope that this brings you peace and comfort during your grief.  I will miss him and his gift of music. Heaven just got another angel in Dave.
Rachel Barrett
Rachel Barrett
Hi Marston Family,
 
The benefits last weekend were fabulous. A real coming together for everyone to celebrate Dave. His life was so much bigger than I realized, and I already thought it was pretty huge.

I've been thinking up a song that might be fun for us to sing at the next wonderful event you are planning. The chorus would go something like this:
 

This man is your man, This man is my man

He led so many Rogue Valley Choirs

He made us amateurs sound really good

This man was made for you and me

 


Well, something like that anyway.

Thank you for your leadership!
sharon mears
sharon mears
Hi...I have been trying to make contact with others who have gone thru this awful disease.  My sister passed away last week from CJD and she was 58years old. She was a wonderful person like your husband and father was.  She was diagnosed on March 23, 2010 and passed away on April 9, 2010.  I feel that this is now a mission for me...to find out as much as I can about the disease so that I can relay the correct information to all that ask and to do whatever I can do, to help, find a cure for this devastating illness.  I would love to hear from any members of your family!  I have been in contact with the CJDfoundation and it has been a very good resource for comfort and knowledge. God Bless your family and all others who have been touched by this illness!
Sincerely,
Sharon
 
my email address is: chermears@yahoo.com
 
Rachel Barrett
Rachel Barrett
I wish I could go to the 2009 Imagine Awards.

As long as I am wishing, I would like to read a biography of Dave. I'd still like to get to know him better.

Dave left so much written material in his letters and journals, reviews, and comments in programs. There are so many authors in Ashland, weren't any of them in one of Dave's choruses? Someone should write that book. As it is, people who never met Dave have been touched by his story.
pip cornall
pip cornall
It is July 10 in Australia and yesterday I received news of Dave's death and struggles with CJD. I rang Beverly Bowman from the Siskiyou Singers and we talked at length about Dave;s last days.

That experience made his passing very real for me since I have not seen him for several years. Like many of us I owe my solo tenor gigs to him. His encouragement, love, vitality and joie de vivre was an important part of my life.

I also sang with Rose and Sarah in various 'Extended Circle' events in the retirement homes. My heart goes out to them and to Tami and Anni as well.

I cherish my time with the Siskiyou Singers and my duet mate, Beverly Bowman.

So from a distance I'd like to convey my gratitude to Dave and all the activites he inspired. My heart is both heavy with loss and some regret that I did not stay in touch with Dave and joy for having been close to him in the 90's.

Love to all

Pip Cornall
David Chilcote
David Chilcote
Dear Tami, and Marston Family...

Im very saddened to hear of Daves passing, only because he was taken far too early....Faced with the circumstances I am happy as you should be too, that he was able to complete and do so many wonderful and meaningful things while here with us.  But one should look at it with with happiness and with appreciation that you were blessed to have him in your lives and to bear witness to the many great and wonderful things that he achieved while here.. And that he has 2 wonderful kids to carry forward in some ways in his footsteps and in other ways outside of them.  But they will always have Dave within guiding them not in person now, but in spirit...So although its a sad time to have seen him go, it is also a time to be happy that he has surely arrived at the big baseball diamond in the sky, having his name called as part of the starting lineup, and always sure to get a hit....And all the while he plays the greatest game there, he can feel comfort in that he left behind only temporarily 3 wonderful people just as he himself was.  At some point he will be reunited and until then, he surely wouldnt want you to be unhappy or to mourn, he would want you to press forward and be the people that he would like to have seen you be, to achieve all your goals and to make him proud now while watching over you, as you surely did while he was here with you!  We will all miss Dave....This isnt the end of the game, its simply extra innings!!!

PS I got my bobblehead, and its right here on my desk...Everytime I look at it , I think of Dave at the game, smiling and sharing a moment that made him and everyone around him happy...Including me!!!

Thanks

David Chilcote...(Chilly)
Rhonda Loftis
Rhonda Loftis
Dear Tami and family,
The first time I met Dave was back in the early 90's  when all those icky anti-gay ballot measures were lurking about. Dave graciously and generously sang at the all of the rallies and marches. When our dear friends Roxy and Michelle were killed Dave was there to comfort us with song. Anytime anyone has ever called upon Dave to perform he has been there with his heartfelt presense. He was absolutely one of the most giving human beings on Earth and I hope that this brings you peace and comfort during your grief.  I will miss him and his gift of music. Heaven just got another angel in Dave.
Russ Staub
Russ Staub
Dave played on my Little League team in San Lorenzo when I was 12. He was our star player and had a beautiful and very effective swing that I tried to duplicate later when I played high school ball. And what a nice guy.

I never saw him again after that year, but he was one of those people who just cried out leadership by example, someone who leaves a big gap when he departs. He was the sort of kid that every other kid back then wanted to be.  My sincerest condolences to your family for your loss.
walt shannon
walt shannon
my condolences to the marston family.  i knew david's family (chapman, sarah, jim, steve and david) from the 50's and 60's at grace baptist church in san leandro.  i took piano lessons from sarah as a child.

may the comfort and grace of the heavenly father be with you.

walt shannon

wshannon@waterboards.ca.gov
hbum99@yahoo.com
Peter Churchill
Peter Churchill
Dear Tami and Family,

You do not know me; however, I knew Dave from playing baseball in San Lorenzo, CA little league in 1965.  We both played on the major leagues and oftentimes pitched for our teams.

Dave played for Turner Sporting Goods.  His team, with Dave pitching, handed our team, Prings Coffee Shop our first loss.  Dave was a real competitor.

One evening we pitched against one another in a real pitching duel that probably lasted from 6:00PM until 8:30PM on a May, 1965 evening.  The bleachers were full.  The final score was 1-0.

The last time I saw Dave was at Cal-State University Hayward in early 1976.  Dave worked in the library and would examine the books of the students as they left the library.

Dave was a great fellow; a real sports competitor.  I will miss him.

My sympathy to your family

Sincerely,


Peter Churchill
Jacqueline Dougherty
Jacqueline Dougherty
I am so saddened to hear of Dave's death.  I am sending heartfelt prayers to all of his family members. 

I have very fond memories of singing with Dave in his Dicken's Dinners at the Winchester Inn.  I was so pleased when he agreed to take over the leadership of the Siskiyou Singers when I left the Rogue Valley.  His leadership of this group for over 20 years is a testament to his ability and charisma as a director.  He had so many gifts and he shared them lovingly with many others. 

Dave was such a vital part of the music scene in the Rogue Valley.  He will be greatly missed. 

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Dougherty
Leslie Caplan
Leslie Caplan
Dearest Marston Family,
I had the honor of being one of Dave's main caregiver's in the last 2 weeks of his life.  To witness the incredible, consistant flow of love and support for Dave was amazing.  Although I did not know Dave, I cared for him every day with all of my heart.  I felt very honored to be asked to be his caregiver.  In my few years of doing Hospice work, caring for Dave has been my most profound and moving experience.  To bear witness to all that love, unconditional give, admiration, and generousity of spirit was life transforming.  I am grateful to have been a part of it all.  Many Blessings to your family. 
Norman Broadbent
Norman Broadbent
From: Rev. Dr. Norman Broadbent
It was stunningly sad news to learn of Dave's death.  My great privilege had been to have Dave serve as Music Director at First Congregational Church in Ashland during my tenure there, where we developed a professional and personal friendship. His musical instincts and his creativity were a joy to work with, and his gracious approach to my vision for that congregation was a thing of harmony.  I will forever cherish that special working relationship.

Ironically, I recently came across a tape of a July 4 concert in Lithia Park from 1982 where I performed with the Marston singers before a crowd that must have numbered more than 6,000!  Dave also invited me to sing with the Festival Choir for a recording  produced for NPR- my first and only royalty received for singing!  Two events in my life that have long been treasured memories.

The last time Dave and I visited was by chance.  It had been more than ten years since I had last been in Ashland, and I had taken a nostalgic walk through Lithia Park with my youngest son.  On our return from the upper portion of the park, I thought I detected Dave's profile in the children's play area.  Sure enough!  How appropriate that our long-overdue catching up on life stories was in that place of play- joyful, memorable, spontaneous!

I missed connecting with him during last summer's visit to Ashland due to his being in Europe with the Singers.  Now, then, I simply add my voice to the chorus of praise that I hope keeps vibrant the rich musical heritage that Dave worked so diligently to instill in us all.  A set of banners hang in the current place where I pastor.  One reads. "God is still singing..." and the second reads, "...and we are part of the song."  Dave has long been part of the song, and we honor his memory by doing our part in keeping the song alive.  Thanks, Dave, for having lead our various choirs so that we could be part of the song!
Bonnie Wolfman
Bonnie Wolfman
Dear Marston Family ~

I am so glad to have been a part of the music celebration with the Havurah.  It was a blessed night ~ praying that Saturday will be an amazing time for everyone ~ I wish I could be there, but I will be singing/playing a solo concert  (with an original version of "Eleanor Rigby" among others) at the United Nations Plaza in S. Francisco.  I will lift my spirit up for Dave during the song. 

Blessings to You ~
David Chilcote
David Chilcote
I stand corrected on my message below...I meant to say 5 immediate family members...not 3....My apologies......You have to understand, we ball players talk about umpires strike zones...or how we just missed hitting that ball out the park, or how I was safe, and everyone else just saw it wrong...Or no thats not a beer belly, thats just where I store my extra glove...seemingly we dont speak too much about the kids while between the lines...So I stand corrected, and my prayers go out to Tami and both sons and both daughters....God Bless!
Steve Russell
Steve Russell
I am so saddened to hear of Dave's passing...I knew Dave from our days at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo,Calif... and we stayed in contact periodically throughout the years. Dave was(is because he still lives in my heart) the kind of person who made you feel that you had worth as a human being. He was able to draw out the creative potential in me personally and through the years countless others. His life in some ways provided a vision for me to aspire to.

He was someone who found his passion, lived it, and in turn was able to share it with others...


My heartfelt condolonces to your family Dave......

"and in the end the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"

Steve Russell
 
Newbury, New Hampshire
Mary Hymes
Mary Hymes
Our prayers are with Daves family and friends,, we have lost a great man but heaven has gained an awesome angel,, we only knew dave & the Nowhere men from several concerts we attended and had only spoken to him briefly a few times, but during one of those times in Rogue River,, I had asked if he and the band would play my fathers favorite song ( he had passed away at age 90 back in jan 2001) ,, his favorite song was "Hey Jude" which they did play and the tears just flowed down cheeks,,  That small gesture on their part made a lasting impression,, that was my 1st time hearing the band and then we  made it a point to attend all local concerts we could as my husband & I dont get around alot due to  a disablility
God Bless you  ,
Mary & Lonny
meowry1953@charter.net 
Rachel Barrett
Rachel Barrett
Hi Marston Family,
 
The benefits last weekend were fabulous. A real coming together for everyone to celebrate Dave. His life was so much bigger than I realized, and I already thought it was pretty huge.

I've been thinking up a song that might be fun for us to sing at the next wonderful event you are planning. The chorus would go something like this:
 

This man is your man, This man is my man

He led so many Rogue Valley Choirs

He made us amateurs sound really good

This man was made for you and me

 


Well, something like that anyway.

Thank you for your leadership!