October 8, 1935 - November 16, 2016
San Antonio, Texas | Age 81
Marion Sweatmon exited this earthly stage and entered into the arms of Jesus in the early morning of November 16, 2016 at the age of 81. He passed quietly in his own home with his beloved wife and son beside him.
Well known in theater circles, Marion spent his life acting, writing, directing, and producing plays. In his twenties, he worked in California, acting and writing for film and television. Upon the death of his father he returned to San Antonio and began teaching high school drama and working in local television and radio, as well as acting and directing in community theatre. Along with several colleagues, he owned the Billboard Theatre of San Antonio. For a short time, he directed television in Cincinnati, Ohio. He returned to San Antonio and for the past 39 years had been head of the drama department at John Marshall High School. He also continued to act in local theater productions, movies, and local, regional, and national commercials. At John Marshall, he enjoyed great success in UIL One Act Play competition and gained prestige in educational theatre throughout the state of Texas. Many of his students have attained success in film, television, and stage. His greatest joy was being surrounded by his students, to interact with them every day and to help them grow as both actors and as human beings. He taught them the joy of hard work and excellence and taste in theater arts and life. On March 30, 2017, the auditorium at John Marshall High School will be named after him, in his honor.
Marion loved American history and was very proud of being descended from Francis Marion, the Revolutionary War hero. He enjoyed traveling in the United States from Maine to Colorado to Montana. Among his favorite travel experiences was visiting Freedom Hall in Philadelphia, where he always spoke of feeling the tangible presence of our Founding Fathers.
Marion is survived by his loving wife Carol and his son Ramsey and stepdaughter, Krystal. He is also survived by two daughters, Laura Keller and Sherry Griffin and four grandchildren. And he is survived by thousands of students whose lives he touched profoundly.
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