Marshall Lee Thorsen

February 13, 1942June 6, 2021

Marshall Lee Thorsen was born in Seattle, Washington to Carsten and Alice (Nelson) Thorsen. The family moved from Seattle to Fairbanks, Alaska and then to Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Marshall graduated from Tigard High School in 1960 and then attended PCC, receiving his degree in manufacturing engineering. He was set up on a blind date with his best friend, and later fell in love with the former Barbara Bonebrake, marrying her 2 years later.

Marshall was an extremely enthusiastic square dancer and spent decades "angeling" new dancers into the pastime he loved. Marshall spent endless hours with wife, Barbara, volunteering time and effort in collecting and distributing food donations to Meals on Wheels and the Tualatin Senior Center. He was extremely hard working and could fix almost anything. It wasn't necessarily pretty, but it worked!

Preceded in death by both parents and brother, Richard Thorsen, Marshall is survived by his wife of almost 54 years, Barbara Thorsen; his daughter, Lisa and son-in-law Greg; his granddaughters, Taylor (Robert), Ashleigh (Michael), Whitnie and Sophie; sister, Linda (Pat), sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Lucille and Jim (deceased), Charles (Brenda), and Robert (Carolyn), and Melinda; and many cousins and friends here and in Norway.

He will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, enthusiasm for life, and I am sure he would want us to add, what a handsome boy he was!

Marshall was baptized in the spring of 2013, and we are comforted by the knowledge that he is in the presence of Our Heavenly Father.

Marshall was also a Vietnam Era Veteran Army Cryptographer.

Marshall loved to sing. He sang with Bruce Kelley's New Oregon Singers and also with the Lutheran Choral Association.

Please join Marshall's family on July 18, 2021, 1:30 pm at Horizon Community Church, 23370 S.W. Boons Ferry Road, Tualatin, Oregon, 97062. You may also join the family after the Memorial Service for a reception at Cook Park, 17005 S.W. 92nd Avenue, Tigard, OR 97224.


  • Memorial Celebration of Marshall's Life

    Sunday, July 18, 2021

  • Reception

    Sunday, July 18, 2021


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Vicky Cropley

June 21, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Saw Marshall few times when he visited his Dad who lived in my neighbrood. also, at Bales thriftway.