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Mr. Arizona Retires from Scottsdale Community College

Katlyn Ewens~ 10/8/2014

SCOTTSDALE – Gentleman. That is the word that comes to mind when people are asked about Marshall Trimble.

Dr. Daniel Corr, vice president of Scottsdale Community College, has been working closely with Trimble for seven years.

“He is a true gentleman cowboy,” Corr said.  “It (working with Trimble) has been an absolute delight.”

After more than 40 years, Trimble has retired as a college professor, but will continue to spread his love of Arizona as a goodwill ambassador and the official state historian. 

Last year, Trimble discovered his retirement account had accumulated quite a sum of money over his years as a teacher. He was told that if he did not retire soon, he might not have the chance to spend it. Trimble was not worried about the money but saw retirement as an opportunity to give back to the school that has done so much for his career.

As requested by Dr. Jan Gehler, president of SCC, Trimble will keep his office on campus. He may also be giving occasional guest lectures in the future.

Trimble never asked to be the official state historian of Arizona. He turned the job down when it was first offered because he thought it was political and he’s not interested in that.

Shortly after the first offer, he was nominated by a group of fourth-grade teachers after one of his guest lectures. He could not turn them down. Trimble was guest-lecturing at a professional growth training held by Arizona State University. His lecture left such an impression on this group of teachers that when he left, they asked if Arizona had a state historian and ended up nominating him.

Trimble has received dozens of honors and awards, and that nomination is one of which he is most proud.

 “They all mean so much, but probably the second nomination for state historian because of the people who nominated me,” Trimble said. “It came from the school teachers, my colleagues, people teaching Arizona history.”

As historian, Trimble answers many questions via email, receives calls from reporters about stories in Arizona, attends any functions the governor requires, and shares his love of Arizona.

Trimble seems disappointed with our current legislature and mentioned that many of them have not lived in Arizona very long.  He believes that we need more state legislators that have the same appreciation of Arizona that natives and even those who have lived here a long time do.  Arizona native, Representative Kate Brophy McGee is an example of a great local politician that shares Trimble’s passion for Arizona. McGee is a dear friend of Trimble’s and speaks very highly of him.

“He is full of surprises, there is always a new story,” McGee said.

She agrees that Arizona needs more young people involved in politics. She and Trimble both hope that young people will make their life here and become involved in local politics.

Although Trimble is disappointed with the state legislature, he sees a very bright future for Arizona.

 “I like to be optimistic, I believe in people. I believe in Americans being able to fix problems,” Trimble said.  “We (Arizona) need to get to back to where we take care of the things we used to, the funding for education and our state parks. These are our crown jewels.”

SCC is still looking for a new teacher to take over Trimble’s classes, but many agree the classes will not be the same.

Corr put it best, “There will never be another Marshall Trimble. You don’t replace someone like Trimble, you just can’t replace that.”