But even more valued than his kitchen cleanliness or athletic ability was that Marshall had a way of making people feel listened to and loved, Gubenski said.
"One thing has struck me since (the crash)," Gubenski said. "I knew that (Jason) was good at talking to people...but I didn't realize how close everyone there felt with him. You hear stories about St. John Bosco, how every single kid in the oratory felt like they were his favorite. Jason was always ready to listen, and really get you inspired, and help you in whatever way you needed to be helped. And I didn't realize he had done that for so many people."
One thing that Marshall would get really "fired up" about was the need for good men as priests, Gubenski recalled.
"No matter where it started, there would always be a point in that conversation where he would get fired up and say: 'Priests have to be men! They have to be ready - they have to be shepherds and they have to be ready to stand up and potentially lay their lives down,'" Gubenski said.
When Gubenski heard that Marshall gave his life trying to prevent the crash, he thought: "That was exactly Jason, for him to get up there. He did what he'd been talking about all year."
The crash has brought the men from the seminary closer together, Gubenski added. They are checking in with each other now more regularly over their summer break, and they are remembering Marshall with memorial Masses and in prayer.
And they are looking back at what they loved in Marshall, and trying to emulate him in their own lives, Gubenski added, including his love for people and his love for the Lord. Marshall was usually the first person in the chapel, and the last to leave, he said.
"I know that each of us has been inspired to just try to be to other people what we saw Jason doing," Gubenski said.
In teaching catechesis this week, Gubenski said he was asked by the kids when they should start discerning God's will in their lives.
"And I said, 'Right now. You have to ask God right now, what is it you want from me? You have to try to grow in virtue right now.' And Jason did all of those things."
The Archdiocese of Sante Fe held a memorial Mass for Jason June 26.
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The precise cause of the bus crash is still under investigation.
Mary Farrow worked as a staff writer for Catholic News Agency until 2020. She has a degree in journalism and English education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.