Charles Franklin Marshall

Services: At 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Dunn Chapel in Tucumcari.

Charles Franklin Marshall, 86, of Tucumcari died in Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007.

Mr. Marshall was born Jan. 7, 1921 in Jean, Texas, the youngest son of Fred and Jewell Marshall. At age 3, Charles’s family moved from east Texas to Canyon, Texas, where he completed high school at the West Texas State Demonstration School. He was working on a degree in chemistry at West Texas State College when WWII started. He enlisted in 1942 in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant and a Flight Engineer on B-29 bombers. In 1945, after serving his country he retired and remained in the U.S. Army Reserves for 15 years.

Mr. Marshall married Dortha Dean Stallings in 1946. He chose a career as a rancher and cattleman ranching in the Canyon area for eight years. The family moved in 1954 to Arch continue his ranching career. In 1972, He moved his family to Tucumcari and retired from ranching in 2003.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Cattle Growers Association and the American Legion. In the early 1960s, he lobbied the New Mexico State Legislature to gain better water rights laws for farmers, ranchers and agriculturalists. He was an avid reader, favoring American and European history, his family said.

Survivors include his wife, Dortha Marshall, five sons; Karl of Houston, Texas, Clarence and wife Sherry of Las Cruces, David and wife Laura of Canyon, Texas, John of Tucumcari, Larry and wife Louie of Tucumcari, one daughter, Cynthia and husband Bruce Carlson of Crescent, Okla., eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sister, Francis Dolcater of Amarillo, a nephew, Jim Marshall, and a niece, Donna Burk and husband Charlie, both from Amarillo. He was preceded in death by his parents, older brother, Frederick Marshall, and daughter; Kathlene.

Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon.

Donations of remembrance may be made to the Lung Association or, Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon, Texas.

Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.