Carl Marsalis

Jan. 24, 1942 - Oct. 18, 2006

This is my tribute to my dad Carl Marsalis.  He passed away after battling a glioblastoma brain tumor for just over six months.  Through it all, he fought and never lost his sense of humor.  His care and concern was for us and for my mom.  We were touched by the overwhelming numbers of people supporting us and praying for us.  We know that things didn't turn out as we wanted them to but it worked out for the best.  We know Dad is with his heavenly Father and is no longer suffering or sick.  He is now face to face with our Lord and Saviour which is where all of us in his family are striving to be. 

I made this site to honor him and for all of the folks that couldn't be with us for his services.  We know you were all with us in spirit.  Below you will find information about my Dad.  Also, below is a link to the many photos I used to make a video tribute for the services for Dad.  Finally, further down the page there are some of the best jokes we got from Dad during this struggle.  He always had a comment, remark or joke to make the whole time.  Some are corny, some are great and some I can't share!  He knew I was adding his jokes to the email updates I sent out.  At times, he would make a joke and then tell me it would be a good one for the joke of the day.  Other times, it wasn't one to share with mixed company or some of the younger folks.  Dad would laugh and tell me "Well, you can't use that one."  Our sense of humor is something else he and I shared and it certainly helped all of us through this journey. 

I humbly dedicate this page to Carl Marsalis, my mentor, my hero, my inspiration, my guide, my friend, my dad.

Update 2012:  There is one part of the story I didn't really share for a while.  It was something I kept for me for a long time.  I shared it with a few people once in a while.

I was helping one of Dad's caretakers get him cleaned up and change his gown and bedding.  It was early one morning.  Dad woke up and asked me what was going on.  I explained that we were cleaning him up and making him look good and helping him feel good.  Dad said "Okay, but we better hurry.  I only have 200 hours left."  I asked "How do you know that?"  Dad said "Jesus told me." 

Well, of course my mind starts racing.  I really didn't know what to say.  I said "Well, that's great.  You know where you're going."  Dad said "Yes, home to see my Heavenly Father ... and the roses are beautiful."

The hymn "In The Garden" took on a whole new meaning for me then.  I wondered what did Dad get to see?  I never got to ask him when did Jesus tell him this?  Was it 200 hours from when Jesus told him that or from when Dad told me?  I started trying to do the math and my mind raced as we got him cleaned up.  I figured it out as 200 hours from the moment Dad told me that and came up with the end coming at around 8:00am Thursday October 19th.  Dad passed away on Wednesday October 18th at 3:50pm.

I was off by about 18 hours.  I don't know if it's because Jesus told him 18 hours before he told me or if it's because Dad's math gene didn't get passed on to me.  :-)

I still wonder, what did he get to see?

Please feel free to sign the guestbook by clicking the link below to drop us a line or a comment or note or just to tell us you stopped by. Make sure you include your name and location.  Thanks.

Dad's Guestbook

The Story All about how we ended up here with this memorial website.
Updates This takes you to the email updates that we sent out about Dad during this journey.
Photos Photos of Dad
Dad Jokes Through it all Dad never lost his sense of humor.  A collection of the jokes that Dad made during this battle.
Dad's Well The story of Dad's Well
Guestbook Another link to the guestbook.

Dad did many amazing things during his life.  Some we knew about and some we didn't. 

Click the link below for one of the things Dad did that none of us knew about except for Mom.

Dad's Well

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Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at Delhomme Funeral Home in Lafayette, LA for Carl Frank Marsalis, 64, of Northport, Ala. who died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at his residence.

Interment is in Lafayette Memorial Park.

Randy Fuller officiated at the funeral in Lafayette, LA and Sam Hardie led the memorial service in Northport, AL.

Carl was a native of Sugar Land, Texas. After he graduated from West Jefferson high school in New Orleans, he served in the U.S. Air Force while obtaining his BS from Colorado State University and his MBA from the University of Alaska. Upon discharge, he began a 30-year career in institutional food service. He also did a colorful stint as president of the Astrodome. During retirement, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening and especially being with his family. His greatest joy was his five grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Marsalis; daughters, Carla Ashbey and husband Lewis, of Lafayette, La., and Cheryl Bunch and husband Ross, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; son, Cary Matthew Marsalis and wife Sally, of Lewisville, Texas; sisters, Dolly Callaway, of Sugar Land, and Marjorie "Shu-Shu" Ward, of Houston, Texas; brother, Ira "Chip" Marsalis, of Harwood, Texas; parents, Ira "Pop" and Margie Marsalis, of Richmond, Texas; and grandchildren, Andrew Ashbey, Alexis Ashbey, Cooper, Carter and Tanner Bunch.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Charles, of Houston, Texas.

Honorary pallbearers will be everyone he had the privilege to call a friend.


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