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Journal entry by Marilee Marsh

Good morning all.  I have information regarding Steve's Celebration of Life, May 1st at 10:00 a.m.  The service will take place at Spring Hills Church, 3700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, CA.  Following is a copy of the obituary that has been submitted to the Press Democrat for publication.  Thank you so much, Jean-Marie Jobs for writing.


Steven Allen Marshall died peacefully at his home in Santa Rosa on January 16th at age 65, from complications of MDS, a pre-leukemia condition.  He was surrounded by his loving family: wife Maggie, sons Bobby, Allen and Teddy and daughters Jessica and Abby, as well as several of his grandchildren.  Steve served faithfully at Santa Rosa Christian Church since 1977, first as Youth Pastor then as Senior Pastor since 2002.

Steve was an avid worshiper and often sang and played guitar in service and at youth camps. He traveled with the high school youth choir for over 30 years, singing in convalescent and retirement homes.

He was an active member of Together in Christ, the local pastors' and ministry alliance focused on promoting love and unity within the Body of Christ in Sonoma County.  Steve's heart for unity in our community and for the next generation of leaders was evident.

As a native of Southern California, Steve grew up with his two sisters, Pam and Karen.  As a young man, he loved surfing and enjoyed being outdoors.  He graduated from Pacific Christian College in Fullerton, CA in 1977.

He married Maggie on June 3, 1978.  Together they raised their family here.  Steve treasured his time serving as a coach for his sons and daughters soccer, baseball and basketball teams.  Over the years, Steve and Maggie opened their homes to many individuals and families.  Generous with their hospitality and service to others, they became a welcome refuge to those in need.

Steve will be remembered as a man who loved well.  His grace and passion for Jesus imprinted every life he touched.  He was a wise and faithful man, a 'pastor's pastor'.

Celebration of Life will be held at Spring Hills Church in Santa Rosa on Saturday May 1st at 10:00 a.m.  For additional information, contact Santa Rosa Christian Church 707-542-0872.

If you would like to send a card or remembrance, please send it c/o Santa Rosa Christian Church, 1315 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

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