LONG BEACH — Wellington William Marsh III, known to all as “Willie,” passed at his Long Beach residence on April 22, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. A wonderful father, husband and friend, he was known for his heart of gold, open arms and sarcastic sense of humor. Taken too soon, he touched so many lives and is missed deeply.
Born August 27, 1954, in Ilwaco, he was the son of Wellington “Junior” and Marian (Meyer) Marsh. From one of the pioneering Peninsula families, his grandfather was the mastermind behind Marsh’s Free Museum. Willie attended Long Beach Elementary School, graduated from Ilwaco High School in 1973 and graduated from Clark College in 1975 with an associate degree in culinary arts.
Forever a “dabbler,” his first job was preparing food in the family restaurant in downtown Long Beach and later, he worked at Marsh’s Free Museum. After finishing college, he owned and operated Willie’s Bakery, traveled the world cooking on tugboats and then re-established the business he began at age 10 (pulling his lawnmower with his bike) as owner and operator of Shrub and Grub Landscaping and Catering.
Willie was one of the best cooks on the Peninsula, known for his amazing barbecue, cedar plank salmon and smoked seafood. He was an adventurous soul who enjoyed driving on the beach, clam digging, golfing, snorkeling, road trips, camping, gardening, music, concerts and so much more. He lived life to the fullest and his favorite moments were always spent surrounded by his family and friends.
On September 12, 1998, he married the love of his life, Roberta Chambers. She survives residing in Long Beach. Survivors also include his mother, Marian Marsh of Long Beach; children, Tracy Mae Marsh (partner Charles Amparan) of Glendale, Ariz., Amanda “Mandy” Marie Marsh of Vancouver, Wash., and Wellington “William” Marsh IV (spouse Stephanie) of Long Beach; his brother, David Vincent Marsh of Long Beach; a sister, Cheryl Marie Ahern (spouse Mark) of Olympia, Wash.; grandchildren, Kale Paul Amparan, Ryan “Cash” Krause, Jett Krause, Bridget Marsh and Wellington William “Duke” Marsh V; a niece, Shannon Ahern; and nephews, Rory Ahern and Casey Marsh. He was preceded in death by his father, Wellington William “Junior” Marsh.
Willie was member of the Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years, past member and chair of the City of Long Beach Planning Commission and member of Long Beach Elks No. 1937.
A celebration of his life will be held July 8, 2017. Details will be forthcoming. His guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.