Marshall; many knew that Marshall was a football sensation playing for
the Pawtucket West and St. Raphael’s Academy, but not many people knew
that Bob Marshall had passed away at the age of 79.
Marshall was born on September 20, 1933, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
and died on July 3, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with
liver and pancreatic cancer.
He continued his football career as a top prospect for the University
of Tennessee. After a year, he transferred to the University of
Wyoming where he continued to be a stand-out player and was part of
the 1955 undefeated team and beat Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl and was
considered by many to be one of the toughest players in the game.
Las Vegas Tribune learned about Marshall’s death when his son Brock
called the newspaper to inform us of his death since it was his
father’s wish to let the publisher of the newspaper know of his
After his football career ended around 1958, Marshall moved out west
and called Las Vegas home. Working as a dealer, he started out at the
Mint Hotel on the big six wheel, and then on to the Nevada Club as a
An opportunity arose in Casper, Wyoming where he became a partner in a
restaurant called the Fireside Grill. He soon started a vending
business and owned Wyoming Distributing, which led to a partnership as
a Coca-Cola distributor.
He also worked at the now defunct Silver Slipper Casino, next to the
Stardust Hotel, in those days at the center of the Strip when the only
casino past Tropicana Avenue was the Hacienda Hotel.
In Wyoming, Marshall was partner in the Coca-Cola distribution company
and opened two restaurants, including the popular Fireside
He met Danny Jones, owner of the Grand Holyday Casino in Aruba and
inventor of the table game Caribbean Stud Poker.
Bob Marshall was instrumental in — and an integral part of — making
Caribbean Stud Poker a common table game in the casino industry.
Before Robert Marshall died, he finished writing a book called, “All
American Outlaw,” the life and crimes of Robert (Bob) Marshall, that
can be read like an autobiography and could well be out on the
newsstand at the end of August of this year.
The book promises to be a mind-blowing read, rife with lots of Las
Vegas headliners and inside information on many news-worthy stories,
from the bombing of an FBI agent in the parking lot of the First
National Bank, for which he was a suspect for a very long time, to his
business commitments with legendary figures of that Las Vegas
era or time.
His heart was bigger than his frame and he was loved by many. He is
survived by his sister, Ann; brothers Hank and Martin; daughter
Beverly Ann; and sons Brandon (deceased) and Brock.
Those who knew Robert Joseph Marshall and those who were honored with
his friendship can attest to his character. He was as tough as they
come and lived by words like Love, Honor, and Respect.
We’ll miss you, Bob!