Richard Arthur Marriner

August 20, 1923 ~ June 26, 2011

Richard Arthur Marriner, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at the age of 87. He was born in Newark, New Jersey to Benjamin Arthur and Mabel Pennington Marriner.

He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Susan Grass Marriner; sons Paul Richard Marriner and wife Joy of Nashville and Benjamin Edward Marriner and wife Molly of Lake Charles; two daughters, Cathy Lynne Matthews and husband Terry of Sarasota, Florida and Susan Elizabeth Marriner, also of Lake Charles; eleven grandchildren, Ben and Christina Marriner, Claire Cooper, Parish Marriner, Dorit, Nicola, Teresa, Simon, and Joe Matthews, Jason and Elizabeth Picard, and one great grandchild, Ariel Matthews.

Mr. Marriner began his education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After joining the Navy in 1943, he was transferred to the University of Virginia and graduated in 1944 with a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering. After serving as a U.S. Naval Officer as an ordinance and ammunition handling specialist, he obtained a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1947 and a Masters Degree, with distinction, in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1949. Richard joined Esso's East Coast Technical Service Division until he was recalled to active duty from 1951 1952, serving in the Bureau of Aeronautics in aviation fuels development activities. Upon release, he joined the Standard Vacuum Oil Company (Esso and Mobil's joint company responsible for African, Asian, and Australian operations). During a seventeen year career with Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, he was initially employed as a refinery engineer and subsequently served as manager of Standard Vacuum's Indonesian refinery, Manager of the Coordination, Economic and Planning Department of Esso Standard Eastern, Inc., Managing Director of International Gas Transport Mij., the co-developer of Dutch natural gas in the European export markets, and finally Deputy Director of Natural Gas Operations for Esso Europe, Inc.

In 1967 due to the disabling illness of his father, he moved to Lake Charles to assume the Presidency of Southwest Beverage Company, Inc. and related companies, which position he served in until 2004 when, during the celebration of the firm's 50th year, Richard assumed the role of Chairman of the Board and appointed his son, Ben, President of Southwest Beverage.

Richard's involvement in the community over the years has been considerable and exhibited his untiring dedication to help those in need not only financially, but with the gift of his time. Serving at one time or another as member or on the Board of Directors of The Lake Charles Symphony, Calcasieu Hope Centers, Calcasieu Association for Retarded Citizens, Southwest Louisiana Health Service Agency, Inc., The First National Bank of Lake Charles, National Bank of Commerce, Calcasieu United Appeals, Lake Charles Chamber of Commerce, The Pioneer Club, and the Lake Charles Racquet Club.

Richard's favorite recreation was a good game of competitive tennis with friends followed by a cold Budweiser.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at the Episcopal church of the Good Shepherd under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Bishop Charles Jenkins will officiate. Interment will be at Prien Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Episcopal Day School, 715 Kirkman Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601 or Calcasieu Association for Retarded Citizens, 4100 J. Bennett Johnston Avenue, Lake Charles, LA 70601.

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  1. Dear old classmate Susan,I was sorely grieved to hear of the death of your husband, especially it happening so closely after the death of your father (and of your mother last year).I wish you strength love to make it through this time of extreme loss.Love,Patricia Davison

  2. Dear Paul,I am so sorry about your fathers death. I just read about it in the paper today. He will be greatly missed I know by your family and also the City of Lake Charles. He was so very active in city affairs. I have thought of you often and wish you and your familypeace at this time.Sincerely,Kay Authement

  3. Dear SusanMy deepest sympathy to you and the Marriner family I went through school and graduated with him in 1941 from CHS He was so perfect Bob PopeInformed me of his passing . A widow myself it does heal a little with time Fondly Rita

  4. Dick has been a business partner with us for several years and we have greatly valued his energy and input into the business.We always looked forward to his trips to London and will remember fondly his stories about his experiences in business.He will be sadly missed as a wise and experienced colleague, but most of all as a good friend.Our thoughts go out to his wife and family.From Directors Staff at Face Creative Services LtdLondon, UK.

  5. I express my condolences to the entire family of Mr. Marriner.He was truly a great Owner/Operator/Boss. I have learned a great deal during my tenure with the company.His best story to me was when had a beverage with his boss during his Esso years. His boss asked Mr. Marriner, why do you always have to upset me? Mr. Marriner's reply was, that's what you hired me for.Respectfully,Jessie DauzatFormer SWB-Employee1980 – 2007

  6. It has been a great pleasure to work for Mr. Marriner.My career with SWB has been great due to the manner in which Mr.Marriner treated his employees. I hope to continue my carreer with the SWB family and make them proud of the job I do for the company. Your loss is felt in our hearts and time will heal the pain. We will be here to help with the healing process. Let the memories of Mr Marriner's good times and good health be in your minds and they will out weigh his days of suffering.

  7. It was always a joy to visit with him. Regardless of what we started discussing, thetopic always came around to cigars. I enjoyed his uniquesense of humor.My deep sympathy goes out to the entire family.

  8. Mary saw about Richard in the baton Rouge Paper.Jeff and I are so sorry to hear.We have fond memories of our times together in Vermont.

  9. My deepest sympathies go out to the entire Marriner Family. I had the privilege to know The Boss for over 27 years. He was a true gentleman, a brilliant businessman, and one of the most compassionate and intelligent people I have ever met and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Our prayers are with you all.

  10. My prayers are with the family in this time of loss and pain. It was an honor and privilege to work for such a great man. This world is a better place because of his time here on earth.

  11. On behalf of the Papillion family, I'd like to express my deepest condolences to the entire Marriner family for the loss of your loved one. Mr. Marriner's presence will be missed amongst us. God Bless.

  12. Our condolences to the Marriner Family. Dick was a great business and community leader. On behalf of the Chamber SWLA we send our deepest sympathy.

  13. Our deepest sympathy to the family. It was a pleasure to know someone who had a knowledge of fine wines,good cold beers and had a good story behind most of them.

  14. Susan and family: Mr Marriner was an inspiring, fun, knowledgeable, interesting man with so many talents. It was my (and my sister Jane's) privilege to have known him and been his business partner in Vidpro.We are privileged to have known him.Our sincere wishes to you all.Mary Terrell JosephJane Terrell Johnson

  15. Susan, Paul and family, Richard was a great man with a caring heart for his family. May he rest in peace knowing he was loved by family and friends.

  16. Susan, So sorry for your loss. May you find peace in knowing your had a wonderful husband and friend. Praying for you.

  17. Susan…We will never forget our first introduction to Richard and how he charmed all of us. By any standard, he was an accomplished and giving man. The world is fortunate he traveled 87 times around it's sun. We will all miss him and cherish the fond memories. Love to you and the rest of Richard's family.

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