Retired Deputy Sheriff and Surgical Technician in the Army

MELROSE — Douglas G. Marshall, aged 94 of Melrose, passed away on November 2, 2022 at his home surrounded by family.

There will be a visitation November 19, 2022 at Gately Funeral Home in Melrose from 1-3 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral services and interment will be private.

Douglas was born in Granite, OK to Sidney and Floy Marshall on July 22, 1928. They moved from Oklahoma to Tulare California when he was 8 years old. He attended grammar school there and then graduated form high school in 1946.  He attended Fresno State College in California where he earned a BA in Social Science in 1951 and from 1954-1958 he did his Graduate Study in Economics and Education.

From 1951-1958 he was a Deputy Sheriff for Fresno County, California. Then from 1952-1954 he was a Surgical Technician in the U.S. Army.  It was there that he met his first wife, Patricia Seliger.  They were married in 1954.  In 1958 Douglas joined the Foreign Service and he and his wife were stationed in Mexico City, Mexico. There the couple’s first daughter was born.  His next assignment was in Tehran, Iran from 1961-1965 where his second and third daughters were born. He moved his family to Bombay, India from 1965-1967 and finally to Karachi, Pakistan from 1967-1970.

After that he returned to the United States and continued to work for the government in Washington D.C. In 1976 he and his wife divorced.  He moved to MA and from 1975-1977 he was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries Affairs and then from 1977-1978 the Special Assistant to the President’s Personal Representative for U.S. – Canada Maritime Negotiations.  In 1979 he became the Executive Director for the New England Fishery Management Council. He worked there until his retirement in 1997.

While visiting family back in Tulare, California in 1984 he met his second wife, Julie and they married in April of 1985 in Melrose.

Douglas is preceded in death by both his parents and his brother, Jimmy D. Marshall.

He is survived by his wife, Julie A. Marshall, his three daughters, Karenina Cooper of Newport, Maine, Cynthia Daddio of Rockland, Maine and Jessica Marshall of Lake Forest, California, as well as nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the nurses and aides of Bright Star and All Care Hospice for their kindness and the wonderful care they gave Douglas at the end of his life. To send a message of condolence please visit