William S. Marshall

June 4, 2013 • Obituaries


Bill Marshall passed away on May 31, 2013. He was dearly loved by his family and countless friends, all of whom appreciated him for his optimism, integrity, sense of humor and generosity.

Bill was born on Oct. 8, 1929, in Los Angeles, to Edith and Samuel Marshall. In 1938, he moved with his family to Roswell. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1947. In 1951, Bill received a B.A. in geology from Cornell University. He then served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Following his military service, he attended graduate school at Columbia University and received a M.A. in geology. He was employed by Schermerhorn Oil Corporation in Hobbs and Midland, [auth] Texas, from 1954 to 1956. Bill joined Marshall & Winston Inc. as a geologist in 1957, and became the president and CEO in 1967, following the death of Samuel Marshall Sr. Under Bill’s leadership, Marshall & Winston grew from a small royalty company to become a substantial, independent oil and gas exploration and production company. While he served as president, Marshall & Winston made many important discoveries, including the Blackard-Clinta complex in Borden County, Texas, the Lonesome Dove II Field in Concho County, Texas, and a significant step-out and expansion of the South Francis Hill gas field in Edwards County, Texas. In 2007, along with his father, Samuel Marshall and partner Don Winston, Bill was inducted into the Petroleum Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments in the industry.

Bill loved Midland, and enjoyed contributing to the community in many ways. He served as president of the Board of the Museum of the Southwest, president of the Board of the Midland College Foundation, president of the Board of the Midland Racquet Club, and president of the Board of the Petroleum Club of Midland. He also served as trustee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Midland, and founding director of Texas Commerce Bank, Midland.

Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years Sue Heidelberg Marshall; one son William S. Marshall Jr.; daughter-in-law Tracy Marshall; grandchildren, Caroline, Luke, Adrienne, and Lillian, all of Midland; brother James R. Marshall of Gardnerville, Nev., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 4 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas Ave. Midland, Texas 79701, with Dr. Steve Schorr officiating. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas Ave. Midland, Texas 79701, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at

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