Rev. Marshall L. Vaughn, 86, of Cottonwood, AZ & Caldwell, ID, passed into his “Father’s” arms on Thursday, March 1st, 2018, in and amongst his Arizona paradise at his son, Randy’s house.
Marshall was born on April 22nd, 1931 in Mt. Vernon, IL, to Clarence and Lila Vaughn. Marshall’s childhood and early formative years were full of poverty a lot of hardship. It was his family’s sojourn and complete move to Denver, CO, in his teen years that really started Marshall on his rapid road to the ministry. It was soon after being invited to attend a youth meeting at Denver First Church of the Nazarene that he met and fell in love with Roberta Mackey. They were married July 25th, 1952 at Denver First Church and moved to attend college at Pasadena Nazarene College, now Point Loma Nazarene.
After a couple years in college Marshall and Roberta took a part-time pastorate in the Desert Mountains of Southern California in a little town called Ansa. They were barely paid enough to cover the gas for the drive there and back each weekend.
After graduation from PNC, Marshall and his bride took their first “official” Nazarene Church pastorate in Auburn, IL. After three years of ministry in Auburn, Marshall and Roberta moved to take the Nazarene Church pastorate in Dekalb, IL.
After subsequence pastoral assignments in Florence, CO, Delta, CO, and Minot, ND, he was then called to pastor this church right here at Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene in Caldwell, ID, from 1971 to 1981. Rev. Vaughn quickly became active in the community and in leading the church here into the future plans for ministry throughout the Treasure Valley. He was “pastor forever” of many people throughout the U.S.
After a very tough decision to leave the Canyon Hill church Marshall had a brief assignment in Yuma, AZ, before moving to the Colorado Springs Indian Heights Church for six years. His final assignment was at the La Grande First Church of the Nazarene in Oregon where he coordinated the building of the beautiful building currently in use in La Grande.
Deciding to retire in 1995, it was an easy decision to come back to Caldwell and more specifically their beloved Canyon Hill.
Everywhere Marshall pastored, he was very active in each district he was on. Even in retirement, Rev. Vaughn could not stop ministering. He began working with several funeral homes throughout the valley, helping those families without personal pastors, handle their grief and family issues. At the same time he was a volunteer chaplain at West Valley Medical Center for ten years. While there, he had the privilege and joy to work with his younger brother, Rev. Duane Vaughn.
Marshall is survived by, Roberta, his beautiful bride of 65 years; his two sons, Randy (Carol) of Cottonwood, AZ and Garret (Carole) of Nampa, ID; his two grandsons, Travis (Jennifer) of Boise, ID and Kevin of Cottonwood, AZ; his two granddaughters, Amanda (Chris) of Nampa, ID and Kaylee (Lindy) of Nampa, ID. He is also survived by his younger brother, Duane (Carol) of Payette, ID; niece Denai, nephew Christopher and sister, Marcella (Gene) of Alton, IL. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Norman of Nampa, ID and his special niece, Joni of Vancouver, WA. Also with numerous other nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and many other “adopted” family members around the U.S.
Marshall was proceeded in going home by his parents, Clarence and Lila; sisters Nelma Smith; in-laws, Harry and Mildred Mackey; brother-in-law, Norman Mackey as well as many other relatives and friends around the U.S.
Services will be Saturday, March 10th at the Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene, 903 N. Michigan Ave, Caldwell, ID at 10:30 AM under the direction of Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com
Family requests in lieu of flowers, to send a memorial contribution to be used to complete Marshall’s “Garden of Eden” and/or to help his Guatemalan friends.