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  • Written Sep 4, 2009 4:06pm

    Dear Friends and Loved Ones,

    We received notice a few weeks back that Dave is to be honored at the 2009 Imagine Awards, hosted by Mediation Works of southern Oregon.  Four honorees are given Peacemaker awards for the preceding year, and Dave is to be given a Lifetime Achievement award -- the first time they've ever given an award posthumously.

    (This picture is of Dave at 17 with his friend and performing partner, Eric Halverson -- already dedicated to a life of making music!)

    Our family is deeply touched by this recognition of Dave's commitment to peace and communication through music, and all the tireless work he's done. (If you haven't checked out the My Story tab above, please do -- see new added Photos as well!)  Sarah and Rose will be there to accept the award on Dave's behalf, and will be sitting with fellow Wild Honey Pie bandmate and lifelong friend and student of Dave's, Emma Harding (sister Vieve has gone off to college).

    Music at the event will include Dave's fellow Nowhere Men, Joe Cohoon (with his Grooveyard Trio) and David Gabriel (with Laura DeRocher). 

    The event is open to the public.  The invitation from Mediation Works is attached below, with more information and a link to make a reservation, should you wish to attend. 

    We also want to again extend our limitless gratitude and love to the many, many people who have given their time, resources, care and support to our family during this time of immense loss.  We miss Dave so much.  The grief is often still overwhelming, but words cannot convey the appreciation we feel daily as we move forward into this new reality with the help of our friends and family.

    Blessings and Love to all of you,
    Tami, Sarah and Rose

    the board of directors of Mediation Works invite you to join us to celebrate the

    2009 Imagine Awards

    please join us in honoring our community peacemakers . . . . . . 

     John Cornet

     Joan Jensen

     Flamur Vehapi

     Dave Marston



    lifetime achievement

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 5:30 pm
    Eden Vale Winery, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford, Oregon

    Tickets online at www.mediation-works.org or call Chris at 770-2468 ext 302

    BUFFET DINNER * delectable grilled chicken with artichokes & mushrooms over orzo pasta - vegetarian option provided
    MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT * Laura Derocher, David Gabriel and the GROOVEYARD TRIO * Peace Choir Ensemble

    honorary event co-chairs
    Grady Singletary
    President and Publisher of the Mail Tribune
    Patsy Smullin
    President, KOBI-TV NBC 5


  • Written Jul 14, 2009 12:19pm

    The Marston family gives their profound thanks to everyone who has called, written, emailed or stopped by with condolences, hugs, gifts, food and so much compassion and caring. We feel surrounded by love and the strongest of support. What a valley we live in.  Dave was so fortunate to have found his home here, in every way... and I know he's aware of and given great peace by how lovingly his family is being embraced by community he adored and served all these years.

    Below are details about Dave's Memorial Celebration being held this weekend, from the press release sent to the papers. It looks to be a beautiful day.

    With immense gratitude,
    The Marston Family


    A Memorial Celebration for Dave will be held Saturday, July 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the Bandshell in Ashland's Lithia Park. There will be a tribute and service led by Rev. Brad Carrier, followed by a potluck lunch in the park and music by The Nowhere Men, the popular Beatles cover band founded by Marston.  People are encouraged to bring a dish to share if they wish, and a mitt and a ball for anyone who'd like to play a post-service game of catch in honor of Dave, a lifelong baseball player and fan.

    The goal of this Memorial Celebration is to have friends, memories, food, music, blue sky against green trees, and a ball or two being thrown around... the very kind of summer weekend afternoon Dave loved best. 

    The bench seating provided by the Parks folks is somewhat limited.  We'd suggest if you're coming you might consider bringing a folding stadium chair or somesuch if you have one available.  And of course, being at the bandshell, there will be seating on the grass as well if you'd like to just bring a blanket. (That's what Dave would choose, hands down. :))

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marston Memorial Music Mentorship Fund, which will provide aid to students of all ages in need of financial assistance for voice, guitar and/or piano lessons with local instructors.  Marston also taught privately for almost three decades in the Rogue Valley, and in addition to his belief that music has power to change the world, he was passionate in his commitment to help people find their creativity and expression through music.  Checks may be made out to "Account 1496965-14 / Marston Mentorship". Donations can be brought to the memorial or sent to Account 1496965-14, c/o Rogue Federal Credit Union, PO Box 4550, Medford, OR 97501-0278.
    There are also two special "Weekends of Caring" being organized for early August (these dates have been pushed back -- many apologies to those who may be inconvenienced or unable to attend due to the change!) to help the Marston family prepare their Ashland home for necessary sale.  Volunteers are being sought to help with much-needed cleanup, repair, painting and yardwork.  In the spirit of a community barn-raising, decent food, good music and great company will be provided to all who participate.

    The two "Weekends of Caring" are Friday through Sunday, August 7-9 and 14-16.  Volunteers with all levels and areas of organizational and practical skills -- or just a willing pair of hands -- will be welcomed and appreciated. 

    Additional information for volunteers will be updated on the website www.DaveMarstonFamily.com

    The events are being organized by Marshall Fundraising Management, the same lovely folks who donated their services pro bono to produce and help coordinate last month's "Come Together" benefit concert events in support of Dave and his family.

    To participate, or for more information, please contact Larry and Joy Marshall at info@marshallfundraising.com or call (541) 488-3121.  Please indicate the time(s) you're available and the area(s) in which you'd like to help.  Volunteers will be contacted with more information. 
  • Written Jun 23, 2009 3:43pm

    Last night at 9:00 p.m., our friend, father, partner, husband, brother, teacher, mentor and songleader Dave passed peacefully from this world. 

    Tami, Sarah and Rose had a profound visit with him on Friday, where he not only smiled and shared a tear, but used his hand to strum his own 'air guitar' and complete the Marston Family Singers one last time.  On Saturday and Sunday, as we all gathered in community for Dave at the amazing Benefits given in his honor, he let his body sleep deeply and I have no doubt in my heart that the rest of him was with us all at the Armory to receive and give back all the love that flowed to him in those concerts.  Sunday morning we shared music with him and his brother Jim as he slept deeply, and Sunday evening after the Benefit we joined him again to tell him of the beauty of the event, and the girls celebrated their Father's Day with him with many loving memories and thanks. 

    On Monday it was clear that Dave had done everything he needed to do here and was ready to go.  Tami, Sarah and Rose had one last visit with him in the afternoon, where we were able to express fully all the immense love, respect and gratitude we have for him, and to tell him what a profoundly good job he had done with this life he had led -- and that he could go in great, well-earned peace, knowing that his family and everyone whose lives he'd touched would carry his work and his gifts forward. 

    That night, just after he passed, Tami came to join the circle of friends and caregivers, and we all had time with him and with each other to share and experience the passing of this shining spirit.

    I have thought many times in these past weeks how hard it was to imagine a world without Dave in it.  I realized this morning that the reason it's so hard to imagine is because there's no such thing.  This world will never be without Dave.  He's so clearly and absolutely present in the spirit of everything he gave in his life - every person he loved, taught, mentored, gave support to; every gift of music and empowerment he bestowed upon his friends, his family, his community; every note he sang, played or conducted that entered the hearts of people receiving the gift he was giving them.  And by his very nature, he encouraged us all - obligated us all - to pay it forward.  Those ripples will flow through generations, and what Dave Marston gave in his life will never leave this world.

    Dave is also survived by much-beloved family: His brother Jim Marston of Washingston state; his son Trevor Marston, 23, currently a student at the University of Washington; his son Jeff Marston, 31, currently serving with the Marines in Iraq; Jeff's daughters Emma and Mae Marston; stepson Colin Marston, 31, of Huntington Beach, CA, and stepdaughter Marie Maucort, 30, of New York City.

    His family joins the entire community in our grief, our joy, and our immense gratitude for Dave Marston.

    -The Marston Family

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