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Howard John Marsh

President Howard John Marsh

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Served: 1974 - 1977
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President Howard John Marsh was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Herbert and Catherine Marsh in 1924. He made his living as an attorney. He was married to Virginia Moyle. They had eight children.

In 1974, when the Marshes accepted the call to serve as President of the Venezuela Caracas Mission, they were members of the Foothill 7th Ward, Foothill Stake. President Marsh had previously served in the church as a bishop and a regional representative. He had also served on the proselyte missionary committee of Argentina.

Virginia Marsh was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Henry and Alberta Moyle in 1926. She served a full-time mission to France when she was 23 years old. After her mission to Venezuela, she served on the Primary General Board. She died in 1999.

"Sister Virginia Moyle Marsh died June 25, 1999, in Salt Lake City at the age of 73. She served a full-time mission in France at the age of 23 (from 1949-1950). Sister Marsh served with her husband, Howard John Marsh, when he presided over the Venezuela Caracas Mission from 1974-1977. She was also a member of the Primary General Board from 1977-1984." (Source: Church News: Obituary for Sister Marsh, 07/03/1999). Click here to submit comments regarding Sister Marsh.


President Marsh's second wife is Alice Moyle Creer. She was born in New York City to Frank and Sara Creer. She served in the Church as a full-time missionary in the Florida Jacksonville Mission. She has also served as a Relief Society president and a temple ordinance worker.
Thanks to Bruce Maw for sending this information and these photos to the webmasters, 26 Jan 2004.

Howard John Marsh (1924 ~ 2004) died peacefully at home with his wife, Alice, and eldest son, Howard John Jr., by his side the morning of September 17, 2004.

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 26, 1924 to Herbert Marsh and Catherine Kirk Hutton Hood. Shortly after Howard was born, his family moved to San Leandro, California, where he spent his formative years. Howard completed his undergraduate work at the University of California in two years before entering into duty as an ensign in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. From 1946 to 1947, Howard earned his master's degree in international affairs. Shortly thereafter, in July 1947, he received a call to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina.

Upon his return in January 1950, Howard was invited to join the University of Utah faculty, where he was completing his Ph.D. in political science. In 1951, he joined the FBI. Later that year, Howard married Virginia Moyle in the Salt Lake Temple December 19, 1951. From this union came eight children, 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

In 1952, Howard left the FBI to attend Harvard Law School. After he graduated in 1955, Howard and Virginia moved to Dallas, Texas where Howard practiced law. Howard's love of experiences prompted him to accept job offers in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1969 and then in Hawaii from 1970 to 1973. Later this same spirit of adventure urged him to spend a year at Cambridge University as a visiting fellow, several years on a new business venture in Santa Barbara, California, and two years as a visiting scholar at Princeton Theological University.

Howard loved The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served willingly and faithfully in many capacities. He served as a district president in the New England Mission, as a bishop in Dallas, as a regional representative over Texas and Louisiana, and as a mission president in Venezuela.

All who knew Howard loved, respected and admired him. He has a remarkable gift for seeing the good in others and inspiring them to be their best. He will be remembered for his gentle kindness, his fervent optimism, his intellectual curiosity, and his steadfast testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Howard is survived by six sons, Howard John Jr. (Lucina), Henry (Rozanne), Richard (Laurie), Robert (Martha), William (Darci) and Michael (Machel); two daughters, Kathryn (Larry Ward) and Elizabeth (Bruce Horton); 40 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Howard's first wife, Virginia, passed away in 1999, leaving a deep void in Howard's life. He was fortunate to marry a wonderful woman, Alice Creer Young, in the Salt Lake Temple in September 1999. They have shared five delightful years together. This union brought the added blessing of Alice's five children, whom Howard loved. They are Richard (Georgeane) Young, Howard (Amy) Young, Louise (Spencer) Hill, David Young; and an adopted daughter, Susana (Jeff) Anderson; and 11 grandchildren.

Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Moyle Marsh; his two brothers, Herbert and Mervyn; and his grandson, Taylor Moyle Marsh.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, September 22, 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 23, 2 p.m. at the Foothill 7th Ward, on Roosevelt and 2200 East. An additional viewing will be held prior to the funeral services from 12-1:30 p.m. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.

We would like to thank LifePath Hospice and Sonja Carr for their devoted care of Howard during his final months of life. Donations may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 or to the charity of your choice. For online condolences see larkinmortuary.com

Published in the Deseret News from 9/20/2004 - 9/21/2004.

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