A. Marlon AndrusMay 10, 1938 ~ January 10, 2018 (age 79)
Our most caring brother, uncle and friend passed away January 9, 2018. A gifted teacher, photographer and author, he will be greatly missed. Born May 10, 1938 to Marlon Anton Andrus and Edna Dee Hamblin and raised in Draper, Utah. He is survived by his sister Rhonda Andrus Thomas and many family members and friends. Preceded in death by his parents and sister Janice A. Little. Marlon served a three year mission to Japan, during which time he developed a great love for the country, culture and people. He was a faithful member of the LDS church.
Marlon had a distinguished career in finance. He spent the first part of his career (over 14 years) in banking, where he served as Vice President and Manager of six branch locations for First Security Bank. He was an enthusiastic member of Sacre Dulce and Salt Lake Symphonic choirs. He also volunteered with Big Brothers of America. He was a an avid and talented photographer who often said, “I don’t do weddings” but regardless ended up beautifully photographing many weddings for friends and family.
Marlon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Banking and Finance from Brigham Young University, and was a graduate of the American Institute of Banking. He received his professional MBA degree from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
For over 30 years, he was a faculty member in the Department of Finance and Economics at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Marlon received many teaching excellence awards. The most prestigious being the National Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This award was presented to him in New York City, July 2001.
Over his teaching career he touched the lives of thousands of students. He always felt that “storytelling” was a powerful and important teaching tool. So when students told him he needed to make sure his stories were never lost, he wrote his book, “12,000 Students Later.” With the goal to make them smile, make them sad, make them stop and think, and most importantly help them learn some valuable lessons about life, so they could avoid mistakes that others had made. His proudest moments came from hearing the words, “Your class changed my life!” His most often used saying, “Trust me.”
A dedicated man, he continued to teach until he was 77 years old retiring from SLCC in January of 2016. We will continue to remember his sense of humor, patience, generosity, compassion, wisdom and concern for student learning.
Time spent at the cabin was always treasured. Marlon honored his parents and ancestors, always striving to live up to examples they set. He wanted to share and pass that legacy along to us all. Marlon loved all his family, those by blood and the many he chose to make part of his family over the years. The lives he's touched are countless.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 20th, 12:00 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 State St., Midvale, Utah, where viewings will be held Friday, Jan. 19th, 6-8:00 p.m. and again prior to services on Saturday from 11-11:45 p.m. Interment, Draper City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Marlon Andrus Endowed Scholarship, Salt Lake Community College Foundation, 4600 South Redwood Rd, AAB101, Salt Lake City, UT 84123.