John Harris Marshall, Jr.

  • Born: March 12, 1924
  • Died: April 3, 2014
  • Location: Dallas, Texas

Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery

13005 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75243
Tel. (972) 238-7111

Tribute & Message From The Family

MARSHALL JR., JOHN HARRIS born to Jessie Elizabeth Mosley Marshall and John Harris Marshall, Sr on March 12, 1924 in Dallas, Texas. Passed away April 3, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

John had an amazing life! He was raised in a small country town, Charleston, Missouri. After high school he attended the University of Missouri – Columbia. He was drafted into the army during WWII where he served in three military campaigns in Europe with the 8th Armored Tank Division as an M-7 tank commander and was awarded three battle stars for his service. At 19, he was a tank commander, and out of 269 privates he was the first promoted to sergeant.

After the war, John attended S.E. Missouri State in Cape Girardeau where his heart was captured by the "sparkle in her eyes", his wife of 55 years, Betty Zarecor Marshall. He returned to the University of Missouri – Columbia where he majored in Geology and received his bachelor's and master's degrees. He was awarded his Doctor of Humane Letters from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in 1996. John started his geology career in Jackson, Mississippi with Magnolia Petroleum & spent the bulk of his career working for Mobil Oil. He worked in many geological positions at Mobil which took him and his family all over the United States. He became the Chief Geologist worldwide and finished his career at Mobil as the Exploration General Manager for the Western Hemisphere. He then created MEI, a worldwide oil & gas consulting and production company.

Geology was not only John's chosen profession but also his hobby. He would encourage young people to find their passion and would tell them, "I can't remember a day that I didn't want to go to work. I am amazed that they pay me for working." He enjoyed worldwide travel, family gatherings across the country, playing games (especially pinochle) and a challenging debate about religion or politics.

John was a councilman for Warr Acres, OK, served on multiple boards at the University of Missouri, and served as chairman of the Foundation for Evangelism of the United Methodist Church. John was a lifelong Methodist and served many positions of leadership as a member in 11 United Methodist churches. Following in the footsteps of his parents, he believed in being an example for service and giving to others.

John was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Z. Marshall; parents, John H. and Jessie Elizabeth Marshall and sister, Nannetta M. Brame.

John is survived by his wife, Lois Slingerland Marshall who gave him great happiness in his last four years. Also survived by sons, John H. Marshall III (Christine) of Centreville, VA, George Z Marshall (Jane) of Parker, TX and daughter Jacqueline M. Leibach (Chipp) of Boise, ID; ten grandchildren, Timothy, Amy, Ryan, Trevor, John Robert, Chelsey, Sydney, Caitlin, Kendall and Caroline; eleven great grandchildren; brothers, Herbert A. Marshall (Nina) and Jesse M. Marshall (Alma), brother-in-law William E. Brame, and numerous loving nieces, nephews and extended family members.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Elizabeth Klingstedt, his administrative assistant for over 30 years and the caregivers at CC Young for their care, love and support of John.

There will be a visitation from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Restland Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 at Lake Highlands UMC.

Memorials may be made to John H. Marshall, Jr Memorial Fund c/o Lake Highlands UMC , 9015 Plano Road, Dallas TX 75238 or Camp Branson Improvement Fund, Department of Geological Sciences, 101 Geological Sciences Building, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

Condolence & Memory Journal

The Marshall family is in our prayers. Love to all of you.

Posted by Jr. & Mollie DeLay    May 24, 2014

Sorry for your loss. Just found out about Cousin John from Barry Greer. Know you will miss him. Margaret Marshall Luce Welch (Brownsville, Tn.)

Posted by A friend   May 06, 2014

I met John Marshall late in his life, but he served as a mentor and life example to me. John was truly one of the kindest and most humble men I have ever met, even though he was clearly brilliant. His charming sense of humor and quick wit only served to make his fascinating life stories even more so. Although he was a man of many talents, he would be the first to say he was first and foremost a Christian and demonstrated this throughout his life. John was of the highest integrity and truly one of the finest men I have ever met. I am missing John greatly, but have no doubt he is busily charming the angels in heaven at this point!

Posted by A friend   April 18, 2014

We are thankful for this dedicated Christian who touched our lives and many others. Our loss is heaven gain. Charles and Phyllis Kinder

Posted by A friend   April 14, 2014

Sending our condolences at this time. His daughter, Jacquie, has been a mentor and friend to me. She spoke so highly of her father that through her I got a glimpse of the great man he was. May you find peace knowing the legacy he left.

The Hill family

Posted by Anne Hill - Boise, ID - Friend of Jacquie   April 14, 2014

John was the best Chief Geologist that Mobil had during the years I worked for the company. He set an extremely high technical standard for the plays presented to upper management. His contribution to the company in this role were never subsequently matched.

Philip Braithwaite

Posted by Philip Braithwaite - Dallas, TX - Mobil Geologist   April 13, 2014


Posted by Lisa Cooper - Duncanville, TX   April 11, 2014

I met John shortly after I joined Mobil in 1968 in the Santa Fe Springs office. To say he made an impact on me would be a gross understatement. Over the years he was both a mentor, confidant and friend; he was inspirational but firm and was truly one of the most intelligent men I have ever known. He was a great role model and friend and earned the respect and appreciation of those around him. He and AD Warren were the two most influential men in my career and people I wanted to pattern both my life and livelihood after. That admiration persisted even after I left Mobil and when we came across one another over the following decades it was still such a pleasure to visit again. With John you had to be careful because he had near total recall and would remember what your answered to one of his questions. John was a truly wonderful man that will be sorely missed and always remembered.

His life stories were so fascinating and also surprising; he was a boxer and tanker in the service and was tough both physically and mentally. His early career in the oil patch was equally fascinating and like something you read about or they make movies of. Thank you John for being so kind and so special to so many!

Posted by Nolan Wesson - Richardson, TX   April 11, 2014

J.H. and Betty were so special to our Mother, Sara. Betty and Mom were first cousins and very close throughout their lives. We visited with them about 12 years ago in their lovely home in Dallas, and they were such lovely hosts to my mom, sister, niece, and I. We know how important the Methodist Church was to J.H. and also his entire family, including Betty's large Zarecor family. Heaven is a better place with J.H. leading the group! Thoughts and prayers to John, Z, and Jacque and the many grandchildren and greats!

Posted by Nancy Dunagan Biggs - Greenfield, TN - Distant cousin to Betty   April 08, 2014

What a privilege and a joy to know and work with John Marshall. Heaven is enriched with his presence there.

Posted by Willie Hubbard - Lake Junaluska, NC - The Foundation for Evangelism   April 07, 2014

I will always remember John's enthusiasm for the Geology Department and the University of Missouri. We need more supporters like John. I am sure John is learning all about geology from the Maker!

Posted by Mike Quearry - Houston, TX - Acquaitance   April 07, 2014

See you later, John

Posted by Dick Wilson - Flower Mound, TX - Co Worker Mobil Oil   April 07, 2014