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November 25, 1934 — October 25, 2022

Donald Ray Marshall, 87, died October 25, 2022 in Provo, Utah. Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Brigham Young University, Don is remembered for his passion for all the arts, for teaching, for his dedication to the international film program, and for learning the names of each of his students.

Don was born November 25, 1934 in Panguitch, Utah, the youngest of seven children born to Earl and Eva Daly Marshall. In 1953 he came to BYU as a college student, where he majored in art, joined the Tau Sigma social unit, made lifelong friends, and composed award-winning song contests. annual Songfest. From 1955 to 1958 he served a mission in Tahiti for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, developing a love for the people, the language, the music, and the beautiful islands. While serving as a US Army reservist during the Berlin Crisis, Don was activated in 1961 with Medical Unit 144 Evac and sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Although the Crisis ended before his deployment, he enjoyed his time co-directing a male choir called The Mormon Corpsman. Returning to BYU to get his master’s degree in English, he met Jean Stockseth and they married in 1964. After teaching at the University of Hawaii for two years, Don earned his doctorate. from the University of Connecticut in American Literature and returned to BYU in 1971 to teach in the Humanities Department. In the late seventies, he served as bishop of BYU’s 58th Ward of Young Single Adults.

A lifelong creative, Don enjoyed writing, painting, photography, composing music, directing plays and watching as many movies as he could. He began his writing career early, winning, at fourteen, The Deseret News Silver Medal for “excellence in writing and artistry” for the mystery soap operas he published in the Newsette. , a Sunday insert for young writers. He went on to write two collections of short stories: The Rummage Sale (1972) and Frost in the Orchard (1977), as well as the novel Zinnie Stokes, Zinnie Stokes (1984) and a children’s book, Enchantress of Crumbledown. (1990). At the request of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he wrote the screenplay, lyrics, and music for a musical based on stories from The Rummage Sale which was performed in Salt Lake City, at SCERA Shell and BYU Education Week.

A true cinephile, Don led BYU’s international cinema from 1975 until his retirement in 2000, building it into one of the nation’s largest and longest-running foreign film programs. An avid adventurer, he enjoyed traveling to film festivals and art houses, scouting out new films he could bring to campus, as well as leading study abroad programs in Madrid, Paris and London. He instilled a love of the arts in his students, friends and family, expanding their awareness and appreciation.

He is survived by his wife Jean Stockseth Marshall and his three children, Robin Marshall (Russ Moorehead), Brooklyn, New York, Jordan Andersen (Matt), Sandy, Utah and Reagan Marshall, Los Angeles, California, as well as five grand- children. , Max Pinegar, Lucy Pinegar, Cleo Pinegar, Marshall Moorehead and Holmes Andersen. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Marshall Black Willes, Orem, Utah. A memorial ceremony will take place at a later date.