Stanley Marsh 3
Amarillo artist Stanley Marsh 3 passed earlier this week from natural causes, leaving a legacy of public art tainted by criminal and civil charges of molestation. Born in Amarillo in 1938, Marsh was known as the sponsor of the Cadillac Ranch and creator of the Dynamite Museum, an ongoing project of false road signs in and around Amarillo. With oil money in the family, Marsh was also known as a philanthropist, funding and encouraging musician Christopher Owens of Girls when he was in Amarillo.
In recent years, Marsh was also exposed for his history of sexual abuse. In 2012, Marsh was indicted six times on eight counts of sexual performance by a child, four counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child, according to the Amarillo Globe-News. Though the ongoing criminal cases have closed with Marsh's death, the civil charges will continue, as plaintiffs can pursue funds from the estate.
Stanley Marsh 3, who changed his name from Roman to Arabic numerals, passed at the age of 76.