Jerry Marshall Gasperson II

April 14, 1965 - January 17, 2018
Jerry Marshall Gasperson II

Jerry “Marshall” Gasperson II, age 52, of Deep Gap, NC, passed away from natural causes, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 while residing at Carolina Beach, NC.

He was born in Buncombe County on April 14, 1965. He was preceded in death by his mom, Dortha “Dot” Gasperson Whitaker, his dad, Ray Whitaker, and his father, Jerry Marshall Gasperson.

He leaves behind a devoted wife, Judy Haas, a beloved daughter, Emily Haas and many friends and family.

Marshall took most pride in being Emily’s dad and mentor. His greatest accomplishment was being principal of Watauga High School where he was actively engaged in the building of the new high school, enhancing the CTE program, and the development of the ROTC program. He believed that the best educators were the ones that could reach all students, not only high achievers.

Marshall was a lifelong learner. He would often be found reading a book, listening to a podcast, or tackling a puzzle. His happy place was at the beach fishing, in the kitchen testing out a new recipe, or listening to music while running. He enjoyed old westerns, being around children, and spending time with his dogs and good friend, George. Marshall found peace in the simple things in life like mowing the lawn, driving his old Chevy pickup truck, and watching football (Watauga HS, Notre Dame, and the Cowboys).

Marshall was a man of little words and believed one’s actions were an indicator of their character. He especially knew this be true during difficult times, when taking responsibility and tackling challenges head on is the most important. Marshall acknowledged his imperfection. His life was one of great challenges and successes. He served his country*, was a first generation college student, a teacher/administrator, husband, father, mentor and friend.

*He served his country with honor and distinction in the United States Army.

No public services are being planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of J Marshall Gasperson to Paws Place Dog Rescue, or the Fort Fisher Aquarium at Kure Beach (

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  • January 21, 2018
    Ryan Habich says:
    Thoughts and prayers for Marshall Gasperson's family. Mr. Gasperson had so much passion for Watauga High School and all the students in Watauga County Schools. I am very grateful to Mr. Gasperson and appreciate his leadership and support while he was principal at WHS.

  • January 22, 2018
    Dr. Jess Weiler says:
    Marshall asked me to come to Wautaga to help develop their learning community. At the time, there was a lot of resistance to collaborative learning models. He understood the research and saw the connection to student learning. I have worked with many principals. Marshall’s commitment, unlike others, was unwavering. On a personal note, he was always kind to me and incredibly welcoming. What a tremendous loss for his family and the community.

  • January 22, 2018
    Billie Hicklin says:
    I am saddened to hear of Marshall''s passing. He was a friend, a professional colleague, and a champion for the entire educational community when we worked together at WCS. I will always treasure the great birdhouse he made for me when I retired. I'm better for having known Marshall. Prayers for Judy and Emily.

  • January 22, 2018
    Lowell Younce says:
    Judy and Emily, We are so sorry about Marshall's passing. Marshall was my friend and I always considered it an honor to work with Marshall to help make a better future for the WCS students. We all have many fond memories of Marshall that will remain forever.

  • January 22, 2018
    Taletha Baine Capps says:
    My deepest sympathy to the family. Marshall and I went to school together and he was such a unique person. He had a talent of singing and making everyone laugh. RIP Marshall, the class of 83 will never forget you.