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There is a special kind of toughness one must embody to truly be considered a pioneer. The word "pioneer," itself conjures images of grit and strength; determination and dedication; boots and a cowboy hat. Men like John Wayne come to mind. In the state of Oklahoma though, one might argue that no man embodied the essence of the word pioneer and toughness quite like Marshall Webster Weir IV.

Marshall "Mike" Webster Weir IV was born on October 6, 1942 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he lived his whole life until passing away in his home surrounded by loved ones on July 1, 2017. Despite his rugged exterior, Marshall's greatest love was spending time with his daughters Tara, Shea and Meg and the mother of his children, Kris, whom he regarded as his best friend. No place in the world did his love for family take hold more so than in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado. There, Marshall felt the most alive, spending treasured moments exploring Aspen's peaks by foot, jeep and on ski with his family and friends at his side.

Marshall was a pioneer in the oil industry spending decades wildcatting wells across the Sooner state, discovering oil in counties previously considered dry. Not only was Marshall a legend in the oil field but so too, was Marshall a legend among fans of Sooner football. Marshall attended his first OU football game as a young boy and spent every autumn Saturday of his youth taking the train to Norman to watch his beloved Sooners. This love affair with college football evolved into four decades as a season ticket holder.

Marshall's love often manifested itself by way of extreme acts of generosity to family, friends and even strangers. Marshall donated to countless organizations state and nationwide but where his generosity presented itself in its most pure form was by way of random acts of giving. In countless times of need, Marshall rose to the occasion, helping individuals, often mere acquaintances, experiencing setbacks and hardships. His generosity also extended to those seeking opportunity to grow but without means. And while his financial support certainly helped many, it was his faith in people's ability to rise up and his boundless enthusiasm for their success that inspired those touched by his generosity to carry on to be better than they were before Marshall graced their lives.

Marshall was an avid car enthusiast, particularly fond of Mercedes Benz, spending years accumulating special automobiles for his collection. He was also deeply passionate about animals. He loved spending time with beloved dogs, cats and horses over the decades and none captured his heart quite like his sweet cat Ava who remained at his side (or in the closet next to his bed) until he peacefully passed away.

Marshall is survived by his children, Katherine Shea Weir and Meg Weir Payne, and son-in-law, Matthew Williams Payne; and mother of his children, Kristin Ann Weir; by his brother, Morton Vincent Weir; and his devoted and loving companion Patricia Martino, and numerous family and friends who adored him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Betty Eleanor and Marshall Webster Weir III, and his eldest daughter Tara Weir Eisworth.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of Marshall Weir to the Bob Stoops Champions Foundation, Barry Switzer Center, 180 W. Brooks, Norman, OK 73019.

The memorial service will be held at All Souls' Episcopal Church on Tuesday, July 11th, at 2:00 p.m. There will be a private inurnment of ashes prior to the service at Rose Hill Burial Park.