CARBON COUNTY/SANDY - Harold Ross Marston, 61, our loving father, husband, brother, papa and friend, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, March 8, 2009.
Harold was born Nov. 6, 1947 in Price to Vera Fazzio and Harold Marston. He was the youngest of three children and a much loved brother to Nancy and Bill.
He grew up in Spring Glen with a large loving extended family with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Harold attended Notre Dame de Lourdes and that is where, at age 15, he met the love of his life, Emily Pagano. They were married on June 22, 1968 in Price.
They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, for which Harold presented her a plaque declaring, "Let's try for another 40."
He used to tell the stories that, after his family moved to Moab, he used hitchhike all the way to Price on the weekend to see Emily.
They shared a love that spanned 46 years. He told her one Valentine's "they may not have all been wonderful years, but they were all exciting."
He started his working life as a car salesman at Gordon Hansen Chevrolet in Salt Lake City, where he forged his lifelong friendship with Lumpy.
He and Emily returned to Carbon County in 1975 after the passing of their parents. It was in Wellington that they made their home and raised their family.
They are the proud parents of three loving daughters, Mickelle, Genna and Marisa.
They truly were their father's daughters. Harold always said, with three girls, you get more boys than you ever wanted. He was so proud of them and the fact they all graduated for his much loved University of Utah.
They spent many Saturdays as a family watching University of Utah football games. He had a passion for the sport and he shared it with his girls.
He had many friends related to the U and loved game day tailgating with Caputo.
He also had a love for Carbon County. He did so much to forward the progress of the community in which he lived and always called home.
He worked for many years at Sheldon Hansen Chevrolet.
Harold was a visionary.
He along with his good friends, Clay and Tom, and brother, Bill, built the Hillview Inn laundromat and car wash in Wellington.
He later worked at KOAL Radio. He then took over as Carbon County planner, where he worked for many years bringing business and economic opportunity to the Castle Country area.
One of his greatest and most controversial accomplishments was his part as a founding partner in the ECDC landfill. It was and continues to be a state-of-the-art facility that was enhanced profoundly by Harold's passion and vision.
This venture marked the beginning of a nearly 20-year working relationship and deep friendship with Steve Creamer.
He worked alongside Steve and his sons at several businesses, including ECDC, ISG, Headwaters, Laidlaw and, most recently, serving as a vice president at Energy Solutions.
Harold also had a passion for his own "side" projects. His landfill in Mexico and his TIP-IT invention were a challenge and a thrill for him.
He was so happy to be pursuing these dreams with his dearest friends, Homer, Justin, Ron, Paul and Gary.
Harold was larger than life. His impact on those he met across the country is far reaching.
Harold was tough in business. Even if you didn't always agree with him, you respected him.
His heart was so large, he found the good in everyone. His family jokingly referred to him as Ghandi because he was always preaching kindness and forgiveness.
Harold loved to cook. That may be an understatement. Harold cooked for an army even if there were only four people coming. He didn't do anything small. He cooked the Italian dinners for all three of his daughters' weddings and countless other friends, too.
He cooked meals for the Utah football coaches each Sunday during the football season for the past nine years.
Despite all his many accomplishments in business, nothing was more important to Harold than his family. "His girls," as he lovingly referred to them, were the light of his life.
He named his much loved boat at Lake Powell, Three Times A Lady, after them and Emily. He was so proud of the men they married and the families they have built. He often said he was so glad he had such good sons-in-law and was happy they "all got along."
The biggest highlight of his life was his grandchildren. He was at the hospital when each of them was born and they were the very most important part of his life. He loved them more than words can say.
He relished his role of Papa and called daily to check in on his boys and girls. They love him and they will continue to be his lasting legacy.
He is survived by his wife Emily; daughters, Mickelle (Shay Wyatt), Genna (Mike Gitlin) and Marisa (Brian Devir); his four grandchildren, Drew, Jacob, Ella and Gabi; brother, Bill (Dorothy) Marston; sister, Nancy (Lynn) Thomas; brother-in-law Lenny (Debbie) Pagano; special aunt, Mary Eaquinto; many loving nieces and nephews; and countless friends across the country. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Harold and Vera Marston; father- and mother-in-law Jay and Phyllis Pagano.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3015 Creek Road (8200 South), Sandy. A vigil will be Thursday evening at St. Thomas More beginning at 5:30 p.m. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Interment, Larkin Memorial Sunset Gardens, Sandy. A celebration of Harold's life will follow at Willow Creek Country Club on Friday afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made in Harold's memory to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Attn: Fr. Mike Scciumbato, 715 W. 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.