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Obituary: Simon Peter Marshall

Simon Peter Marshall

Simon Peter Marshall: August 4, 1971 – June 2021

Simon Peter Marshall left this world too soon, but during the time he spent here, he left his own unique mark.

Simon was born in the town of Spaulding, County Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom on August 4, 1971.

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He grew up in a flat, agrarian part of England and went to primary, middle, and then prep school. The last of these was where he met his best mates, who he would be in touch with the rest of his life. At the age of 16, Simon went to work in the local agriculture business. He had endless, hilarious stories about operating the pea sorting machine or moving around barrels of lard in the pork pie factory. On the weekends he met his mates at the local pub to drink pints, smoke, and listen to music. They even cooked up a scheme to jump the fence at Glastonbury Music Festival, which somehow went to plan, and they had the weekend of their lives (at least from what they could remember). 

During his factory work, Simon realized that higher education was a good bet, and he went off to the University of Greenwich in London, where he completed a degree in philosophy. Shortly after university, Simon started his journalism career at EMAP Publishing, writing for several telecoms publications and learning the intricate mechanisms of backend billing systems in the global telecommunication industry. The pay was terrible, but the perks were great as he was able to travel around the world to interview engineers and executives that were building the new frontier of wireless communications. After a brief foray into a consulting business, Simon co-built Liberty Communications, guiding global telecoms companies’ messaging and media reach in the 1990s and 2000s during the telecoms boom. 

Simon met Rachel Bailey at a telecommunications conference in Barcelona, Spain in February 2006 at an event at a local piano bar. He was dapper in a three-piece English pinstripe suit, and she charmed him by talking to him incessantly about nothing of importance in her American accent. Simon eventually asked Rachel on a date after (not so) chance encounters at other industry events, and they spent the next year traveling together through England, Asia, America and Europe.

When Rachel told Simon that she wanted to return to the United States, he said that he’d go with her, and they were married Wyoming-style in blue jeans at the Islington Registry Office in August 2007. A year later, the couple flew across the ocean with six suitcases filled with their worldly possessions to Atlanta, Georgia, where Simon set up a U.S. Liberty office. After 9 months in Atlanta, having their fill of southern food and living, the couple packed up their car and new hound dog Dudley and moved to Rachel’s hometown of Casper, WY. Casper was Rachel’s home, but Simon made it his as well. They were married for ten years. 

In Casper, Simon became a consultant for start-up telecom companies launching their businesses globally, and then went to work as the Communications Director for Matrixx Software in California. Simon worked remotely from his home office with Basil, the cat who took up real estate on his desk.  He became a member of the Casper community through his volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and the Platte River Trails. He acted on his passion for visual art through his participation on the Nicolaysen Art Museum’s Board of Directors, for which he was the president. After serving two terms on the Nic Board, Simon was recruited to the Board of the Wyoming Arts Council. He was a champion for local artists and musicians. Simon was an avid music lover with an extensive digital and record collection, and he was regularly spotted at local music gigs listening to anything from punk to country music. 

Simon’s other passion was food, cooking global cuisine for friends and family regularly. With a tea towel draped over his shoulder and a wooden spoon in hand, he served up the best Indian curries found in the Rockies. Count yourself lucky if you found yourself at his table. He also became adept at cooking wild game, adapting his favorite recipes to his new Western home.

Simon loved the outdoors and was a runner and hiker with his hound dog Dudley charging out front. He loved to travel and spent time on almost all of the continents, touring the markets in Morocco, eating fine food in Sicily, climbing to the top of the Andes in Peru and asking for blessings at a Buddhist temple in Hong Kong.

Simon was a great sport, and was agreeable to trying Rocky Mountain activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, backpacking and climbing. He even climbed the Grand Teton in an ice storm. Simon proudly became an American citizen so he could have a voice in local and state politics. 

Simon Marshall was a kind and gentle human, loved deeply by his friends and his Casper family. He leaves behind his beloved hound dog Annie and all of the connections he made while he lived in Wyoming.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Simon Marshall on Friday, August 6 at the Bart Rea Learning Circle, starting at 5:30 p.m. We ask those that attend to bring a written memory or thought about Simon to put into a reliquary memorializing his life (we will have slips of paper onsite). We also welcome you to bring a single flower or object that reminds you of Simon to place on a memorial altar.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Casper Mural Project in Simon’s name by clicking here. The donations will go towards a Casper mural in honor of Simon.