Russell Paul Marron
December 1, 1946 to March 13, 2021
Russ Marron was many things. He was a son, a father, a husband, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a friend, a coach, an athlete, an educator, a storyteller, a jokester, and above all else, a family man. He was a man that knew no boundaries for the happiness and safety of his wife, children, and grandchildren. Russ never met a stranger, and oddly enough, he knew someone everywhere we went. From his days teaching in the inner city of New York, to the summer he spent tending to the horses on a farm, and the years and years he spent in veterinary pharmaceutical sales. His professional home was Falcon Creek Middle School where he was an original staff member and lovingly referred to as Dean Russ, the Mayor. When he “retired” he took the Cherry Creek School District tour and loved his time at all the schools and spoke so highly of all the amazing kids and great educators and staff.
Russ met his wife Carol in 1977. Both had an interest in education, being outside, and anything that could possibly be a house pet. Ultimately, the two of them shared an interest in each other and marriage. Russ loved Carol and was so proud of the woman and mother she was and continues to be. He also spoke endlessly of how proud he was of her skills and passion as an educator. For over forty-two years, they were the example of a strong marriage full of love, respect, and collaboration.
In 1982, Russ and Carol welcomed their daughter, Jamie. Until his final days, Russ was singing Jamie’s praises of how proud he was of her determination as an athlete, and then as a nurse in the NICU. Russ doted on Jamie’s son Mason, and agreed he was her greatest accomplishment. Russ embodied what a husband should look like and ensured that Jamie knew how her marriage to Braun should be. And in 2013, Russ entrusted Braun to take care of his little girl.
In 1984, Russ’ world was complete when Brian was born. Brian has always been the calm, collected child and adult and has shown his dedication professionally as Lieutenant with the fire department. In 2010, Russ gained a daughter when Brian gave his heart to his wife Tiffany. He is a devoted husband to his wife, and father to his three children, Addy, Camden, and Luke. With the lifelong modeling of how to love and protect his family, Brian has excelled in honoring his father.
Russ enjoyed his life and found time for many hobbies. In his younger years, Russ was a collegiate athlete in both basketball and baseball. He spent summers as a camp counselor and would travel between New York and Florida frequently. He enjoyed to golf, but probably enjoyed the company of a foursome even more. His years of playing sports allowed for a seamless transition into coaching, which he continued to do for well over twenty-five years. Russ found great happiness in all parts of his life, but he was happiest when coaching Jamie or Brian on the court, or the countless other students who had the pleasure of playing for him over the years. He was always a coach that cared more about his players than he did about winning or losing. Russ also really enjoyed taking care of his yard at home. He would plant dozens of trees every year, some of which survived. Of all the places in the world, Russ would choose to be at home in his yard surrounded by his family and his dogs. Russ loved animals and his true love; Sully aka Puggy, was anxiously awaiting Dad’s arrival. We can all take comfort in knowing that Russ loved hard, loved honestly, and gave everything he had. And don’t worry Dad, we will feed the squirrel.
Please join us for a celebration of Russ at Great Plains Park 20100 E Jewell Ave. Aurora, CO 80013 on Sunday, May 2, 2021 from 12:00-4:00. Food and drinks provided. Please bring a lawn chair for seating.
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