KERRVILLE — Marshall Todd Ezell, 72, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017, after a brief illness.
Todd Ezell is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Marian; three daughters, Kristin Ezell Bograd of New York (Nicholas Bograd), Nancy Warzecha Shed of Pleasanton (Steve Shed) and Sue Warzecha Carter of Mexico City (James Carter); his two much-loved granddaughters, Megan Elizabeth Shed of Katy and Madison Alane Shed of San Marcos; and a large extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Todd Ezell and his mother, Emma Bea Ezell.
Todd was born in York, Alabama, and moved to the Rio Grande Valley at age 3, where he grew up in Harlingen, Texas. As a youngster, he excelled in tennis and attended the University of Texas on a tennis scholarship. Later, in his military years, he would be summoned many times to give Gen. William Westmoreland a tennis workout. It was during those years that he also learned how to play golf.
Todd was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several distinguished medals, including the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal and Silver Star from the Vietnamese Military. He graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned to the White House as a Social Aide to President Richard Nixon and the Old Guard 3rd Infantry. He served with distinction as first lieutenant and received other commendations for his dedication and bravery.
After returning from Vietnam, he taught flight school before being honorably discharged. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the U.S. Army never left him, as his friends and family will attest.
Todd and Marian owned and operated STEPCO Restaurant Supply Inc. in Harlingen, Texas, working side by side for 27 years before retiring to the Hill Country. He was a member of Harlingen Country Club, where he served as a director on the board, a director of Life Begins at Forty Golf Club, member and trustee of First United Methodist Church and president of the Water Board. He had a passion for golf and was a member of Comanche Trace, where he loved his golf group and many friends.
He enjoyed sharing his experiences, wisdom and wealth of knowledge with his children and especially nurturing his two granddaughters. He lit up every room he entered, and everyone loved his warm smile and sense of humor. Todd truly led a fulfilled life, enjoying many travels and adventures with his partner in mischief, Marian. He will be greatly missed by all.
“Everyone has a love story, I like ours’ best.” — Marian
Per Todd’s request, there will be a private service for the immediate family only.