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  • Apr 21, 2010 5:00pm

    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!
    my email address is: chermears@yahoo.com

    sharon mears

  • Oct 31, 2009 4:46pm

    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.

    Russ Staub

  • Sep 24, 2009 8:55pm

    Hello. My husband Vernon passed away on Sept 7 from CJD. If you would like to connect please email me at bbrecke@yahoo.com
    My heart goes out to your family.

    Brenda Brecke, Coos Bay Or

    Brenda Brecke

  • Sep 22, 2009 10:43am

    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.

    Rachel Barrett

  • Jul 19, 2009 8:22pm

    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


    walt shannon
    sacramento, CA

  • Jul 14, 2009 3:22pm

    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 ~

    Bonnie Yvonne Wolfman

  • Jul 9, 2009 7:26pm

    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

    pip cornall

  • Jul 9, 2009 10:56am

    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


    Peter Churchill

    Peter Churchill
    Novato, CA

  • Jun 30, 2009 5:48pm

    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

  • Jun 30, 2009 5:20pm

    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!!!


    David Chilcote...(Chilly)

    David Chilcote
    castro valley, CA

  • Jun 29, 2009 3:12pm

    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. 


    Jacqueline Dougherty

    Jacqueline Dougherty
    West Orange, NJ

  • Jun 29, 2009 10:12am

    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

    Steve Russell

  • Jun 27, 2009 2:59pm

    This is a fitting song for Dave posted on myspace: http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=48577846

    Rhonda Loftis

  • Jun 27, 2009 10:11am

    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. 

    Leslie Caplan

  • Jun 26, 2009 12:33pm

    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 

    Mary Hymes
    Grants Pass, OR

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