Billy Wayne “Bill” Marsh

April 26, 2014

On the morning of April 22, 2014, Billy Wayne “Bill” Marsh peacefully passed away at his recent home in Douglasville, GA.
Bill was born on Nov. 19, 1926, in Cross Plains, TX. He grew up in West Texas, graduating from Sweetwater High School and earning a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He served in the Navy during WWII. In the course of his 35 years with Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation in Sunnyvale, CA he participated in the development of Naval Aircraft, submarine launched missiles, and numerous classified missile and space projects. Bill was a technical lead on the top secret Corona Spy satellite project, which is now on exhibit in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. The activities he enjoyed most were hiking in the Sierra Mountains, tasting fine Northern California wines, flying his private plane, taking aerial photographs, global traveling and watching his family grow. 
He is preceded in death by his father, Tom M. Marsh; mother, Carrie Gaines Marsh; and step mother, Jewell Marsh.  
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helena; daughters, Judy (Peter) Bowhall and Leslie Marsh; sons, Curt (Ann) Marsh and Kent (Sherie) Marsh; sisters Sara Hampton Buchanan and Mildred (Jene) Jacoby; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted at Quantico National Cemetery on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Military Honors.
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