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Originally published: 2013-03-15 08:39:07
Last modified: 2013-03-15 08:42:24

Marshall Docteroff

Marshall Docteroff, 74, died peacefully at his home in Valle Crucis on March 14, 2013.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Pincus and Anne Docteroff, Marshall graduated from high school 1957, and then served in the U.S. Army. He married Toby Applebaum in 1960 and had two daughters, Jamie Schaefer and Sherri Jaquays; married Nancy Meehan in the mid 1970's and had two sons, Michael and Patrick Docteroff. In 1986, he married the love of his life, Linda, and acquired two stepchildren, Robert Youngs and Elizabeth Stunkel.

Survivors include his wife Linda Docteroff; his brother, Norman Docteroff and his wife, Corina, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Marshall's children, Jamie and Bonnie Schaefer of Boca Raton and Blowing Rock, Sherri Jaquays and her husband, Rusty, and their children, Anna and Lauren, of Blowing Rock; Marshall's sons, Michael Docteroff of Boone and Patrick and Elizabeth Brumet Docteroff, and their children, Marisa, Matthew and Christopher from Pembroke Pines; Marshall's stepchildren, Elizabeth and Bob Stunkel and their children, Bo, Ryan and Sally from The Village of Golf; neices and nephews to include, Jeffery and Harriett Docteroff, Scott Docteroff, Paul and Diana Docteroff, and David Bergal; cousins to include, Lloyd and Diane Doctoroff, Helene Doctoroff Erb, Elaine Doctoroff Bazini, Fred and Marilyn Simon, Judy and Gene Kessler, Howard Berke, Judie Fienberg and her sister, Sonny Harris, of Boone; Linda's five sisters are among the bereaved, Betsie and Jimmy Kubsch, Mary and Eric Douglas, Jane McCabe, Sue and Rick Cosmas, Annie Reeves and their families.

Marshall drew people to him because of his humor and forthrightness, kindness and discipline, making many life long friends along the way.

Marshall was born and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved to South Florida in the late 60's and started a repping company, Palm Tree Industries. In 1987, he started "The Pool People," the largest pool company in Florida. Marshall retired in 2000. His employees considered him "The best boss ever." All those in the pool business regarded Marshall as a fair and very honest employer, friend, and competitor.

He started his retirement from a dream of purchasing a 40' motor home and traveling with his wife, Linda, all over the U.S. In 2003, he relocated to Valle Crucis in the N.C. mountains where he built the home of his dreams, residing there until his death. Marshall loved to live life, he enjoyed traveling, dancing, fly fishing, Dewar's 20-year-old scotch, sky diving, hiking, enjoying Chinese cuisine to name a few. He always wanted to try something new, challenging and exciting. He was a recognized member of the Kiwanis Club of Boone, helping all the local children in Watauga County. Marshall will be remembered for his sense of humor, wit, his love of the Miami Dolphins, the Marlins, and later in life, Appalachian University Mountaineers. He enjoyed entertaining and travel and spending time with good friends and relatives.

Funeral services for Marshall Docteroff will be conducted Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Florida. A local memorial service will be announced this spring.

The Docteroff Family is forever thankful for the compassion and outstanding support and love and care from his caretakers, Dana Cabanas, Alan Wagner, and Joyce Forsyth, and the staff at Medi Home Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please gift donations to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657-1357.

Online condolences may be sent to the Docteroff family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service, in Boone, NC, is in charge of the arrangements.