Zoeller Funeral Home


Marshall Littleton

December 11, 1956January 3, 2013

Marshall David Littleton, 56, passed away on January, 3rd, 2013 in New Braunfels, Texas. He was born on December, 11th 1956 in Hondo, Texas to Raymond and Eunice (Fain) Littleton.

Marshall grew up in Devine, Texas and graduated from Devine High School in 1974. After high school he attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas but chose to pursue his dream of becoming a Police Officer. He was accepted into the Austin Police Academy and was commissioned in October of 1978. During his 10 year tenure, he rose through the ranks from Patrolman, to Senior Patrolman, Accident Investigator, Field Training Officer, and finally joined the ranks of the elite APD SWAT Team and Bomb Squad.

During this time he decided to resume his pursuit of his educational goals and completed his degree in Criminal Justice from SWTSU. With this education and his vast experience, he moved on to become a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms and specialized in Explosives and Arson Investigation. He became a Certified Fire Investigator and was named to the National and International Response Teams. As a member of these teams he played an integral part in the investigation for many high profile cases such as the Oklahoma City Bombing and the Pentagon after 9/11. He was highly regarded as one of the most talented Fire Investigators in the country. In 1995 he was named Comal County Lawman of the year. He retired on December 29th, 2012 after more than 34 years in law enforcement.

Marshall married Shirley Ruiz in 1981 in Austin, Texas and they were happily married for 32 years. They had daughters Danielle and Deidra, raised them in New Braunfels and were actively involved in all their activities. Over the years he enjoyed golf, playing guitar, scuba diving, and was an avid outdoorsman. Marshall was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his spouse Shirley of New Braunfels, Texas; daughters: Danielle Gibbs and her husband Nathan of Dallas, Texas and Deidra Flugrath and her husband Dustin of Tyler, Texas; brothers: Dale Littleton and his wife Sara of Midlothian, Texas and Charlie Littleton of McDade, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held at Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa Street, New Braunfels, Texas on Tuesday, January 8th from 5pm to 9 pm with a Rosary at 7pm. A funeral Mass will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 North Castell Street, New Braunfels, Texas on Wednesday January 9th at 2 pm. Interment will follow at Sts Peter and Paul Cemetery located at the intersection of Peace and Common Streets in New Braunfels Texas.

The family would like to express heart felt gratitude to the physicians and clinical staff in the ICU at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital New Braunfels for their expert and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to either Concerns of Police Survivors or a scholarship fund is being established at Texas State University for which contributions will be accepted soon.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • Rosary

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Marshall Littleton

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May 3, 2013

I am terribly sorry to hear about Marshall's passing. In many ways he seemed larger than life to me, and his absence is noted by all that new him.
Take care my friend, and know you are always in my thoughts and prayers.Please pass my condolences on to your family. Gary Lusk, Austin,Texas

Gloria Ruiz Kruse

January 24, 2013

I was very saddened to hear of Marshall's passing.My sincere condolences to Shirley and the whole family.

Dana Morrison

January 10, 2013

Dear Shirley,
So very sorry to hear of your unfortunate and untimely loss. I wanted to offer my sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts at this horrible and difficult time.
Dana Morrison(NHA)

Bruce Lutringer

January 9, 2013

My prayers are with the Littleton Family. RIP Marshall

Karen Traylor

January 9, 2013

Thinking and praying for all the family...Marshall was a longtime friend. God Bless you all in your time of sorrow.

Alan and Beverly Trollinger

January 9, 2013

Dear Shirley and Girls:
Alan and I are stunned and saddened by Marshall's passing. Please know you are all in our prayers. He was one of Alan's dearest friends whom he respected above all!

Ann Clark

January 9, 2013

For Shirley and the girls. My sincere condolences. I wish I could have made it today. My family and I are praying for yours.

Tim Gabourie

January 9, 2013

Dear Shirley and Family,
I am deeply saddend with your loss and the passing of one of the true great men I had the pleasure of knowing.
I too enjoyed Marshalls' smiling face morning after morning as he was my suitemate during CIS and roommate during NAT, acting as my personal alarm clock for both ATF schools. Marshall was a teacher, a mentor, a friend, a professional and most of all, a truely great man whom I will dearly miss. I am sorry I could not make his services but I am sure he is still watching over me, "his little buddy". May God bless you and your family and help you cope with your tragic loss. Please remember, your ATF family is always here if needed.

January 9, 2013

Dear Shirley, I was most saddened to learn of Marshall's death. I had planned to attend his memorial service today but cannot. There will be many, many friends and family there, however, and I fervently hope that brings you and the girls comfort.

I became a Chaplain after my retirement from ATF in 1996, and I spend much of my time in hospitals, nursing homes, etc. I know that you are Catholic and I am Presbyterian, but I would like to offer you any assistance you might like, not just now, but at anytime in the future. I am, or at least try to be, a good non-judgmental listener, so feel free to contact me if you just want to talk. Marshall talked about you and the girls all the time. I want you to know this....that you and the girls were always in his thoughts.

You three are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Phil Lewis

Richard Malone

January 9, 2013

Dale,Charlie & Marshall's Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Marshall's passing. My prayers to each of you during the tough days ahead. May God bless each of you and help you through these tough times.Sincerely, Richard and Leigh Ann Malone.