Marshall William Mota

March 21st, 1943 - January 8th, 2024

Marshall William Mota Vietnam Veteran aged 80,  battling multi-medical assaults including Brain Cancer, quickly transitioned from home surrounded by his wife, daughter & granddaughter to his home with his Creator & Salvation sacrificed for him from Jesus Christ on January 8, 2024, mixture of expected & unexpected. Marshall’s transition was mostly serene & brief. He was surrounded with love, his wife of 45 yrs. Teri, his daughter Cindy, and granddaughter Chy,’ his dog Bolt at his bedside, and cat Sweetpea on his lap, all crying.

Marshall’s Birth, March 21, 1943, Long Beach California, fitting as he loved Spring, his parents Marcial Mota & Bylle Mota, were H.S. Sweethearts. Marshall attended Fries Elementary, & St Peter & Paul’s, South JHS. & graduated from AHS, Anaheim, Ca. 1961. Lettered in Band. Worked alongside dad at their Winchell’s Donut shop. Studied at Fullerton JC; Joined the Navy from 1963-1967 as EM2. Two tours Vietnam, recently learned of surveillance in enemy territory. Marshall received numerous accommodation letters; & remained aboard the USS GRASP ARS-24 all four years.

After the Navy he returned to college at FJC, owned & operated a Winchell’s. He attended MSJC and was just about to graduate.

Marshall met Soulmate, spouse Theresa Mota at Nursing class, Anaheim, 1979, married 9/11/1979, renewed vows each 10 yrs., spoken last time Aug 16, 2023. He was a loving daddy to Cinderella Smock, doting gramps to Chy’anne Smock.

Marshall dedicated his life to the Humans & all God’s Creatures, from his Navy days, where he saved his ship when the electrical went out & it was dead -in-the-water in enemy territory, to driving for CTSA, School Bus, Couriers & CHC Retirement Community. He Loved his dogs, cats, birds, opossums, and pet wild rats.

He was a craftsman, acting his hobby & SAG qualified. Enjoyed Ancestry, proud of his DNA. Recently belonged to DAV & an Online site for Veterans, Together We Served. Sons of the American Revolution.

Marshall is survived by his wife of 45 yrs. Theresa, (Teri), daughter Cinderella, granddaughter Chy’anne, He was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather brother, uncle, great-uncle, & cousins & Navy Buddy of 60 yrs., Paul. His parents, his son Michael, fav cousins Bill, & Joe, preceded him to Glory, & Our Father & await him there.

Patriot Guard Riders will stage at VFW Firebase Outlaw 28780 Whittier Ave. Winchester, Ca. 92596, to transport Veteran Hero Mota, on one last Motorcycle Ride.

Internment service will be held at Riverside National

Cemetery at 11:30 am procession and service at 12:15pm at 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, Ca. 92518. He will have Full Military Honors. Invitations have been sent via FB, Emails, and Messages per Marshall wishes.

Condolences not necessary, yet welcomed, PO BOX 985 Winchester, Ca. 92596 or if physical address needed, please Req.

Not requested, nor refused flowers, prayer, light a

Candle, offer Mass, Rosery or Service, Rescue a pet,

plant a tree. Love your loved ones like there’s no tomorrow, as tomorrow is promised to no one & the pain is undeniably relentless as our love for Marshall is undying.

We express our gratitude to two special VA doctors who showed what true Hippocratic Oath and Compassion are Dr. Ester Byun-Neurology, who listened to our plight & gave more time to the family than he would have had. Dr. McMullen-Palliative Care, who saw his comfort needs were met. Lastly Dawn from Affective Hospice, albeit not yet on board, left her Intake to allow us our final goodbyes

Marshall William Mota, beloved husband, soulmate, daddy, gramps and friend will be dearly missed by all who loved  and knew him. Marshall was kind, thoughtful, patriotic, loved St. Frances, recently practiced many  quotes of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, loved nature, the beaches, mountains & desert all inspiring, the Universe & all it held was a mystery he loved to learn about. Now he’s amongst all he never understood, always saying, what a mystery, God & Universe, one day we’ll know, I believe he understands now!

Following Internment services will be a Memorial repast at VFW Firebase Outlaw 28780 Whittier Ave. Winchester, Ca. 92596

Hoping you will attend, to remember Marshall, remember, all souls, & comfort to the grieving family!


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Theresa McGrath-Mota
March 23, 2024 4:02 pm

Hi Love Bug, missing you like crazy. Went to visit, I’m sure you know, when your marker was presented, then St. Patty’s Day, then your Birthday. Please show me signs like you did early on, and watch over me and the girls, until we see you. Loving You eternally . Teri

Theresa Mota
March 4, 2024 3:31 pm

Marshall I miss you so much.You were right about so much & who to not contact.
I need prayers & comfort as the lies & deciet come about. I love & miss you & we will unite one day. Thank you for all the wonderful years of love. Until then my love.

Theresa McGrath-Mota
March 1, 2024 6:40 pm

I Visited on the 23rd of February I miss you so much. I hope others get this soon and visit and comment here. The girls visited on the 29th of February, hard on them too. We miss you every day. Text and Phone with Paul, he misses you too. Have done and doing all you have requested. Two you did not want notified learned somehow but not through me, I’d never disrespect the last wishes. Honey, I miss you I’m sure you know, I think about you whatever I do whenever I go. They say God needed you more but I don’t think so. In the day I’m so lonesome, at night it is more so, I want to be with you, God has that say-so. Good Morning, Goodnight, and all the in-between hours, till God brings me to you, as he has that power. March 1, 2024 (C)

Theresa McGrath - Mota
February 15, 2024 1:57 pm

Forever my darling Forever my love from here on Earth to the Ravens above.
Help me get through each lonesome day until God calls me too & let’s me come your way .
Teri 2/15/24 (c)

Theresa McGrath-Mota
February 14, 2024 11:24 pm

Yesterday, I laid my beloved husband and soulmate to rest, 2024 rains are my tears, his daughter Cinderella, and granddaughter Chy’annes returning from the heavens. I miss you Love Bug