Buzz’s Obituary Here
Remembering Paul “Buzz” Marston 1954 – 2020
It is safe to say that almost everyone in the Corvette community in California under Western States Corvette Council knew Buzz. It was with deepest sadness that we learned this week that our good friend Buzz had passed away. Buzz and his beautiful wife, Ruth had recently moved to Arizona and were starting to enjoy the benefits of retired life when his cancer returned and he started treatments to hopefully bring it to remission. Unfortunately, that is not how the story ended.
Buzz graduated from high school in San Jose in 1972 and went on to college in the UC system earning advanced degrees. He eventually started two businesses in the area Research West Behavioral Health Science and Motorsports West. It was through the second business that Buzz did a great deal to promote Corvette clubs to businesses and encourage them to sponsor many major Corvette events including car shows, races and WSCC conventions.
Buzz and Ruth joined Santa Clara Corvettes in November 1994 making them among the longest tenured members in the club. Their WSCC number was #338. They were active in car shows and concours events. In 1998 Buzz was appointed Publications Director for our club and he held that position for 2 years. In 2008 Buzz was appointed SCC National Corvette Museum Ambassador and he held that position until his passing.
Buzz was also a long-time member of the Western States Corvette Council and held the Board position of Public Relations Director and National Corvette Museum Ambassador for many years up until 2014 when he was elected President of WSCC and held that prestigious position until his passing.
Buzz also was on the Board of Directors of the National Corvette Museum Foundation for many years and was the head of that Board for one term. He regularly traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky for meetings and major events. Buzz was instrumental in installing a video at the museum which featured the events put on by SCC and WSCC. He also enabled our club to fly our SCC Banner in a most prominent position at the museum. His monthly reports about the museum were always a great hit at our Business meetings.
At our annual Corvette Spectacular car show we always looked forward to the NCM awning and display of Corvette and NCM clothing and memorabilia that Ruth and Buzz worked so hard to display and sell and keep us all looking good with the most recent Corvette apparel.
Buzz was front and center when it came to major Corvette events in Northern California including the annual IMSA races at Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway. The Corvette Corrals and Corvette Banquets at these races were world class. This included coordinating the travels of GM executives, Corvette engineers and plant managers who were guest speakers at the Banquets.
As President of WSCC, Buzz was a real leader of 2,000 Corvette enthusiasts and its Board. The Conventions held during his leadership were very fun and memorable including stays in Las Vegas, Reno and Medford. Buzz was always front and center and very good with the microphone.
Buzz also was instrumental in having Santa Clara Corvettes be a major part of the San Jose Annual Veterans Day Parade where 20 or more Corvettes would parade though town carrying veterans, local dignitaries and civic leaders.
During the GM reveals of both the C7 and C8 Corvette generations Buzz was very helpful in getting SCC members into these gala introductions in Detroit and Tustin, CA. Buzz knew and was on a first name basis with every key person in the GM organization that had anything to do with Corvette. It was such an honor to have this man as a member of Santa Clara Corvettes for 26 years.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Ruth in this difficult time. The Marston’s are a huge part of our Corvette Family and we will never forget all they have done for us.
As Buzz so often said “On with the Dance”
God Speed Buzz Marston
From the National Corvette Museum Newsletter
Former Museum Board Chair Paul “Buzz” Marston of California passed away on Tuesday, September 22. Buzz served on the board from 2004 – 2019, and was Board Chair from 2010-2011. Following his years as Past Chair, Buzz served as the Western States Corvette Council representative on the Museum Board until he retired from Board service at the end of 2019. Buzz was President of Western States Corvette Council at his passing.
Buzz was instrumental in organizing and hosting the Corvette Racing Banquet in Monterey, CA each year in conjunction with the Laguna Seca IMSA race, with proceeds benefiting the Museum. He served the Museum as Ambassador for his club, Santa Clara Corvettes, supporting the Museum for more than 10 years annually through the parking lot banner program.
Buzz and his wife Ruth are Lifetime Members of the Museum and in the Spire Society for their philanthropic giving. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Buzz.