While driving to Los Angeles on Sept. 25, his 55th birthday, Marshall Holmes suffered a heart attack and passed away. Born in Santa Barbara on Sept. 25, 1958, Marshall also lived in San Francisco, Sun Valley, Idaho, Pebble Beach and Los Angeles. He moved to Sun Valley when he was 6 years old and attended Ketchum Grade School until he left for Eaglebrook School in the eighth grade. He loved everything about Sun Valley and he made the most of all it had to offer. A place he always considered home, Marshall visited Sun Valley long into adulthood with his family.
His passions were his family, friends, music and reading. He was also a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan, going to games at AT&T Park as often as he could.
When Marshall discovered rock & roll as a kid, his life changed forever. As he grew up, he turned this love of music into a career, starting out as a roadie and graduating to event production, embracing all aspects of the profession with a contagious enthusiasm.
He was warm-hearted, generous, and wore his heart on his sleeve—a big man who was never afraid to show his big emotions. In short, everybody loved Marshall. He was the glue that held many different people from all walks of life together.
He is survived by the family he loved: his mother and father, Gayle and Harry Holmes; his sister Hilary Gustafsson, of Wellesley, Mass., and her children Griffin and Grace; and Gay Condos of Kentfield, Calif., and her daughter, Harriet.
A memorial concert will be held at The Fillmore on Oct. 23 in San Francisco. It’s the best tribute his friends could imagine. Marshall was a fixture at the theater, whether working on a show or a member of the audience. He could not have written a better send-off for himself. Additionally, Marshall’s family will have a small memorial in Carmel over Thanksgiving.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the music department of his niece’s school. This is something that would have pleased him as it combines two of his passions, music and kids.
Donations can be sent to:
Saint Mark’s School
Attn: Development Office
39 Trellis Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903