Jim and Jane
and Jane Marshall have spent most of their lives in the small town of
, Indiana. They met in school and later
married, beginning a life in this cozy community. As part of their estate
recently decided to give back to the
community where they have lived, worked, and prospered.
The Marshall Community Fund, to be funded by bequest, has been set up
through the Martin County Community Foundation.
This unrestricted endowment will provide for community grant making
to enrich the lives of all the citizens of
and Jane share wide-ranging philanthropic interests.
By using the Community Foundation, they feel assured that causes they
hold dear now, plus new and unknown needs, will be nurtured for generations
graduation in 1964, Jim served in the United States Army at
. There he used his engineering
talents to design such projects as helicopter landing pads and bridges.
Jim and Jane returned to Shoals in 1966, and Jim
worked at Mid-west Engineers in 1999, having used his Civil
Engineering degree throughout Martin and surrounding counties and states to
design all types of projects. The
couple has had several business interests as well.
Marshall Motors was founded in 1939 by Jim’s father, and was an
Evinrude dealership for several decades. Jim and Jane purchased the
dealership in 1966. Today they
focus on the canoe and kayak business. They also own and operate Marshall
Rental and Storage, which Jane manages.
Jim and Jane each have
pursued their community interests by participating in several local
organizations down the years. Jim
is a charter member of the newly formed Shoals Business Association. In the
past he was chairman of the “Big Catfish Contest” held in conjunction
with the Shoals Catfish Festival. He has now turned that duty over to the
Shoals Fire Department. Jane has been a member of the Psi Iota Xi sorority
for 26 years having served in every officer position except treasurer. She
currently is a member of the
For hobbies, Jim has a love
of all things fishing, while Jane is interested in genealogy and paints
landscapes in acrylics. The couple own a cabin on the scenic
, and spend many of their weekends there.
The Marshall Community Fund
is a fitting and lasting legacy for this couple, whose entrepreneurship,
volunteer service and community spirit have benefited
for many years. The Martin
County Community Foundation is honored to have been chosen by Jim and Jane
to carry out this legacy. In
accordance with the donors’ wishes, MCCF will administer the Marshall
Community Fund to support local projects and organizations that enrich lives
hope that their example will be followed by many others who share their
vision of making this a better place for all who call
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