Marshall Ray Gordon, 78, of Temple, a beloved figure who touched the lives of many, has gracefully completed his journey in this world on Monday. September 4, 2023. Born on July 29, 1945, in Dallas, Texas, to Edward Gordon and Hilda (Tratner) Gordon. Marshall was a man of many talents and accomplishments. With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to a remarkable individual who led an extraordinary life.
Marshall's professional journey began at Lone Star Steel as an Employee Benefit Specialist before venturing to Houston to work with American General. He later settled in Beaumont, Texas and contributed his skills to GSU Electric. Not one to be bound by a single career path, Marshall transitioned into banking and proudly served as a banker for Lamar Bank. Throughout his illustrious career, he acquired various insurance licenses and eventually became an All State Insurance Agent. On top of it all, Marshall pursued his passion for photography and seized every opportunity to capture unique moments of his family and friends. Later in life, he found fulfillment dealing cards at the Grand Casino in Louisiana and lastly being a substitute teacher for Beaumont Independent School District.
Education played a vital role in Marshall's life. After attending Hillcrest High School in Dallas and graduating with the class of 1963, he furthered his studies by obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Banking and Finance from the University of North Texas in May of 1968 before enlisting into the Navy.
Marshall's magnetic personality was evident wherever he went. Possessing quick wit and an arsenal of jokes, he effortlessly entertained others with his humor and charisma. His engaging nature made him feel like the life of the party wherever he went. Marshall's flirtatious mannerisms endeared him to many, particularly the women around him. Public speaking held no fear for him; he would confidently address crowds without hesitation.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Marshall devoted himself wholeheartedly to his loved ones. He cherished moments with his sons while taking them to the movies and enjoying family trips throughout Dallas and Houston. Visiting Lake Charles brought him immense joy as well. In his leisure time, Marshall indulged in collecting stamps, US currency coins, and Lincoln cents and proof sets. He found solace in reading nonfiction books, perusing periodicals, and exploring the pages of MADD and National Geographic Magazine. His involvement with Temple Emanuel Brotherhood saw him serve on the executive committee and even hold the distinguished position of past president.
While Marshall faced his share of challenges, his proudest accomplishment was graduating before being drafted into military service. He enlisted in the Navy on June 7, 1968, through the Naval Air Station in Dallas, Texas. Marshall was stationed at Naval Reserve Manpower Center in Bainbridge, Maryland, where he served until September 20, 1969. During his service, he earned accolades such as the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal. During his one year deployment to Vietnam he earned the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce Marshall's passing on September 4, 2023. His warm presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Marshall valiantly battled Parkinson's Disease and Dementia in his final years.
Marshall Ray Gordon was preceded in death by his parents Edward Gordon and Hilda (Tratner) Gordon, as well as his brother Sheldon Gordon. He leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for those fortunate enough to have been touched by his life.
Marshall is survived by his three sons: Paul Gordon and wife Shannon, Steven Gordon, Greg Gordon and their mother Diana Phillips. His three beloved grandchildren—Ellie Gordon, Grace Gordon, and Andy Gordon—will forever hold their grandfather close to their hearts.
In honoring Marshall's memory, let us remember him not only for his vibrant personality but also for the indelible impact he made on our lives. He embraced every moment with passion and brought joy to all those around him. As we say our final goodbyes to this extraordinary man of many talents, may his spirit live on in our hearts, reminding us to live each day to the fullest. The family welcomes everyone to gather at the graveside at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery on Friday, September 15, 2023 at 10:00 am with Naval Honors.
In lieu of flowers consider making a memorial donation to the Gamblers Anonymous International Service Office 1306 Monte Vista Avenue Suite 5, Upland, CA 91786 or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Young’s Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center in Temple, Texas.