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Marston memorial set for Saturday

Beloved musician was director of Rogue Valley Peace Choir
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The Marstons: Tami, Sarah, Rose & Dave; Right: Tami Marstonfile photos
 Posted: 10:45 AM July 14, 2009

A memorial celebration will be held this Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. for local musician and choir director Dave Marston, who died on June 22 of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare, fast-progressing neurological condition.

The celebration will be held at the Bandshell in Lithia Park. There will be a tribute and service led by Rev. Brad Carrier, followed by a potluck lunch in the park and music by The Nowhere Men, the Beatles cover band founded by Marston.

People are encouraged to bring a dish to share if they wish, and a mitt and a ball for anyone who would like to play a post-service game of catch in honor of Marston, a lifelong baseball player and fan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marston Memorial Music Mentorship Fund, which will provide aid to students of all ages in need of financial assistance for voice, guitar and piano lessons with local instructors.

Marston taught privately for almost three decades in the Rogue Valley.

Checks may be made out to Account 1496965-14 / Marston Mentorship. Donations can be brought to the memorial or sent to Account 1496965-14, c/o Rogue Federal Credit Union, PO Box 4550, Medford, OR 97501-0278.

Marshall Fundraising Management, an Ashland-based fundraising and special events consulting firm who donated their services pro bono to produce and help coordinate last month's two-day benefit concert event in support of Marston and his family, are also putting together two upcoming "Weekends of Caring" in early August to help the Marston family prepare their Ashland home for necessary sale.

Volunteers are needed to help with cleanup, repair, painting and yard work. The two "Weekends of Caring" will be Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7-9 and 14-16. Additional information can be found on the Web site

To participate, or for more information, contact Larry and Joy Marshall at or call 488-3121.

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