Born: Ap­ril 8, 1886, Mag­nol­ia, Io­wa.

Died: Ap­ril 12, 1956, La Jol­la, Ca­li­for­nia.

Buried: Ri­ver­view Ce­me­te­ry, Braw­ley, Ca­li­for­nia.


Marsh was the son of the pas­tor of the Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church in Mag­nol­ia, Io­wa, and hus­band of Lau­ra Lee Grif­fin.

His gift for the pi­ano was evi­dent at an ear­ly age. Af­ter he gra­du­at­ed from high school, Wil­bur Chap­man asked him to play for the Wi­no­na Lake Chau­tau­qua and Bi­ble Con­fer­ence in In­di­ana.

He lat­er taught at the Bi­ble In­sti­tute of Los An­ge­les (1915–19) and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Red­lands (1919–26).

He stu­died mu­sic in France in the 1920’s, and be­came pre­si­dent of the Eu­ro­pe­an School of Mu­sic and Art in Fort Wayne, In­di­ana.

From 1928–32, he played the or­gan at the First Pres­by­ter­ian Church.

In 1932, he moved to Flo­ri­da to be­come pro­fes­sor of or­gan at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Flo­ri­da, Gaines­ville, and to serve as or­gan­ist and choir di­rect­or at the First Bap­tist Church.

In 1935, he moved to Ca­li­for­nia, where he served as dis­trict su­per­vis­or for the Fe­de­ral Mu­sic Proj­ect in San Di­e­go un­til 1939. He al­so played the or­gan and di­rect­ed the choir at St. James-by-the-Sea Epis­co­pal Church in La Jol­la (1936–56).



Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Marsh (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),