Marshall Joseph Atherton
Marshall was born in Kansas City, Mo. to Gerald and Josaphine Atherton. He went to Columbia Grade School and Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore. and was student body president in 1952.
He attended University of Oregon for two years and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps he spent two years in Korea, climbed Mt. Fuji and explored the back country of Japan.
Marshall then joined the automotive industry in 1962. In 1964 he joined Datsun Corporation. In 1967 he was transferred to California as the National Sales Distributor until 1972. He also owned his own dealership for 10 years.
He met his wife Shirley in California in 1990. She owned an automotive parts inventory service company as they married in 1991. They were married 28 years and lovingly gained two sons, Mark and Brian Remington, one daughter, Jill Simpson, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
His favorite hobby was racing. He started in the 1950's and ran in the first Rose Cup in 1961. He raced many cars over the years. He had an MGA, GT3 Nissan 200sx, Spec Ford, EP Nissan 240sx, T2 Chevy Camaro, T2 Nissan 350z and AS Chevy Camaro. He was in many clubs over the years including Cascade Club, SCCA, and Team Continental. As a couple, Marshall and Shirley traveled to many places and events, including Monte Carlo Grand Prix and other European countries.
He started 99 West Trailers in Newberg, Oregon in 2000 and continued racing for a number of years, winning many first place flags. He sold 99 West trailers in 2010.
When Marshall and Shirley blended their family he was dearly loved by all and became a devoted family man. He made amazing friends and will be dearly missed by all.
He was an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Canby, Oregon and will be missed by his church family. Services will be held at Canby Funeral Chapel, 160 S Grant Street, Canby, OR on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.