Everglades preservationist John Marshall dies

Posted at 9:44 AM, Mar 29, 2016

John Marshall, a South Florida environmentalist and activist who founded the Florida Environmental Institute and the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, died Monday at the age of 75 after a long illness.

Born in Miami, he founded the Florida Environmental Institute and the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation in 1998.

The foundation was created to continue the work of his uncle Arthur R. Marshall, namesake of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

After his uncle passed, Marshall spent much of his life preserving and restoring the Florida Everglades, along with educating children about the environment.

According to a news release, he planted thousands of trees at the refuge and other bio-sensitive areas.

In addition to his environmental achievements, John Marshall saw active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-1971 and served in Vietnam, received 19 air medals for 275 air combat missions.

Marshall graduated the University of Florida with a bachelor of science in Geology in 1963. He graduated Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Fla., in 1966 and Radar Intercept Officer School in Brunswick Ga., in 1967.

A memorial service will be held April 2, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 1300 South Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the John & Nancy Marshall Everglades Education Fund.