During his life, David Marsh demonstrated that kindness can change a community. As the clerk at Lee Mart on 5905 South 700 West, Marsh was well known and loved by residents who stopped by the store to visit with him. Ironically, the man known for his good heart was shot in the chest during a robbery in the morning hours on March 18, and died days later on March 22.
Neighbors in the area, along with store owners Sanh Ly and Huong Tran, gathered at Lee Mart after hearing of Marsh’s death to remember his thoughtfulness and honor his spirit. Aney Carroll knew Marsh for 14 years. She lives near the convenience store and visited him several times a day.
“He’s been here at least 22 years. He’s just like everybody’s dad. If you didn’t have the exact change, he’d say, ‘It’s okay, just don’t tell [Sanh Ly],’” Carroll said. “If you didn’t know him when you walked into the store, you’d know him soon. And you’d leave with a nickname.”
Friends and neighbors gathered at Lee Mart after hearing of David Marsh’s death. Marsh was shot on March 18 by an unknown gunman and died several days later.
The 62 year old was described as an “unstoppable worker,” finding time for his hobbies that included making homemade preserves from his fruit trees, photography, genealogy and sports. He was a fan of NASCAR, the Dodgers and the San Francisco 49ers.
Marsh had been employed by Smith’s Food and Drug for 28 years, and worked part time at the convenience store for more than 25 years. Friends of Marsh said he loved his daughters Crystal and Kansas, and his grandchildren Madeline, Addison and Brayden.
Well known for his contagious smile and his fun sense of humor, Marsh was always ready with a joke as he talked with people who stopped by the shop.
Kansas addressed the people who turned out to honor her father and said, “My dad was such a great guy. You all probably know that.”
Surveillance footage from the scene of the crime shows two men entering Lee Mart around 5:30 a.m. on March 18. Dressed in hooded sweatshirts and wearing bandanas over their faces, the men, both carrying handguns, robbed the convenience store before one of the men shot Marsh, leaving him for dead. He was found about 30 minutes later by customers and was transported to Intermountain Medical Center.
Donations are being accepted at Lee Mart to fund a reward for the capture of the robbers, or people can donate to The Good Samaritan Fund for Marsh at any U.S. Bank.
Police are asking that anyone with information about the crime call 801-840-4000.