Son of Roswell Witness, Jesse Marcel Jr. Passes Away
Jesse Marcel Jr, the son of Roswell UFO witness Major Jesse Marcel has passed away at the age of 76. His daughter Denice announced the sad news on her father's Facebook page yesterday:
"It is with a sad heart that I have to break this bad news to the world.
At the age of 76 my Dad Jesse Marcel Jr.'s life on earth has ended.
Although it is a very sad time for our entire family I am happy to know that he lived an eventful life.
I am so proud to be his daughter. He had taught me so many things in life and one of the more important things I learned from my Dad was to never back down in the face of adversity.
For anyone who wants to know I will be posting, the funeral arrangements once they have been made.
He is survived by his wife Linda, his children Jesse Jr., Myself, John, Marissa, Mackenzie , Aimee, Ashley and Mark and all of his grandchildren.
Although my Dad and Grandpa are no longer with us… The Roswell Legacy will live on FOREVER!!!"
At the age of 11, Marcel's father was one of the first men on site at the 1947 Roswell UFO crash. His Major Marcel would later bring debris from the crash back to his home where an enthusiastic Jesse Jr. was able to get a first look at the mysterious material. And so begun years of fascination with the crash and the events that surrounded it. Marcel has always offered up a fair and reasonable commentary on what has become the most famous UFO incident of our time. Never one to submit to hyperbole. Marcel operated on the facts as he knew them and that compelling story is one that will live long after his passing.
Jesse Marcel Jr. lived a distinguished medical and military career, completing his pre-med at LSU before joining the US Navy in 1962. His career saw him serve through the Cuban Missile crisis, become a specialist in Otolaryngology and open up a private practice in Montana. At the age of 68, Marcel was asked to come out of retirement and served as flight surgeon with the 189th Attack Helicopter Battalion during the Iraqi war.
Away from the military, Marcel dedicated much of his time to telling the story of the Roswell UFO incident. His 2007 book 'The Roswell Legacy: The Untold Story of the First Military Officer at the 1947 Crash Site' was well regarded and reflected Marcel's desire to simply tell the truth.
During recent visit to the crash site with the Roswell Sightings team and Frank Kimbler, Marcel's passion for the Roswell Incident was clear to see. Whilst there, he recounted the now famous series of events with his usual candour and eloquence. Marcel was a beloved figure both among friends and family as well as within the field of Ufology.
All of us here at Roswell Sightings would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the entire Marcel family.