REDONDO BEACH, CA. On June 29, 2019 we lost a true gentleman, Marshall Paul Gavin (Goldberg). Born in Chicago, IL on April 2, 1942 Marshall showed early signs of being an independent thinker, and as a child his Nana recognized his kindness at an early age. She would buy him cookies at the grocery store, but before they ever got to the register Marshall had given them all out to other shoppers in the market as a treat. This kindness was evident throughout his life and his ability to think outside the box bore him a career of entrepreneurship. He grew up in Glencoe, IL forming many lifetime friendships at Central School and graduating from New Trier High School as an accomplished football player with scholarship offers to Harvard, Navy, Notre Dame, but he chose his beloved University of Pittsburgh –"Hail to PITT!" He often said that the discipline he learned through sports carried him into a successful business career that sprung forth from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Graduate Program in Health Administration where he made the Dean's Honor Roll. He spent years in the healthcare industry improving care for many, running numerous hospitals and emergency rooms throughout the U.S., also serving as the President of the Hospital Council of Southern California. He and his wife Kathie, as Marshall would say, "married 27 glorious, romantic, fun-filled, blissful years," started a business together in 1991 called b. dazzle, inc. (Scramble Squares®) and yet another passion ensued to help people of all ages improve their lives through the power of puzzle play.
He was witty, thoughtful, loved to sing and would breakout into song when it was least expected! He loved gardening, dancing, opera and acting, holding leading roles in high school musicals like Babes In Toyland, Plain and Fancy, West Side Story, Pygmalion (My Fair Lady) and Lady In The Dark, telling his corny 5th grade jokes well into his 70's! He could please your palate with fish or chicken on the grill or a tasty pasta dish at one of his famous "Pasta Pig-Outs."
Delving into the Bible during a Philosophy of Religion course in college, he converted from Judaism to Christianity at the age of 21, never denying his Jewish roots. He would tell you today that his greatest achievement in his life was becoming a Child of God. Even though Marshall played football, life threw him a curve ball in 2004 when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Through his strong faith and God's Grace Marshall endured multiple hospitalizations and surgeries, content with his bedridden circumstances spreading the Gospel to all he encountered on the other side of healthcare, the patient side. Delighted to live the life that God blessed him with each day, he has been called home to a new eternal life!
Marshall is survived by his wife Kathleen Gavin (Martin), daughters Diane Elliston (Doug), Laura Aranda (Ben), and sister Ellen Tullos (Lloyd) and six beautiful grandchildren, Alexandra Robinson, Jackson Elliston, Mara and Charlotte Elliston, Sara and Elena Aranda, as well as lifetime friends and colleagues. Please join us to celebrate a wonderful life. July 27th at St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach, CA 90277 Kick off at 10:00 a.m.!
Published in The Beach Reporter on Jul. 18, 2019.