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Marvin A. Martin

Born: Wed., Aug. 11, 1948
Died: Sun., Feb. 16, 2020

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Stevensville - Marvin Albert Martin, 71, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 16th. He passed away at his home in Stevensville, MT. He was born on August 11, 1948 in Billings, MT to Albert & Katherine Martin. He is survived by his wife, Diane Martin; daughters, Tami Martin and Lori (Scott) Simmert (Tucson, AZ); grandchildren, Jacki (Bryan) Moss and Greg Simmert; brother, Len (Susan) Martin of Colorado Springs, CO; many nephews & nieces. He is preceded in death by his sister, Geraldine (Ken) Mehr of Spokane, WA in October of 2019; His Mom, Katherine Martin in 2013; his Father, Albert Martin in 1985. He met the love of his life, Diane Bennett through his best friend, Don Bennett while hanging out with Don’s family. Marvin would tease the youngest daughter Debbie. He jokingly said for 2 years he never knew there was another daughter, Diane because she was so shy she would hide in the bedroom when he came to the house because she liked Marvin. They eventually broke the ice, started talking & dating & married in 1968. They were married for almost 52 years. After he graduated from Stevensville high school in 1966 he started working at the Mill in Missoula. He went in the Navy in 1967 for 18 months. He was in the Navy Reserves for several years. He went back to work at the Mill until 1970 when it closed. He began dabbling in the Masonry business laying stone & brick & found that it was his calling. He loved his work! He was a skilled craftsman & was known from Darby to Polson for his quality work. He was a workaholic but he always had time to talk with someone he knew. He got into a MLM business, Excel for 3 ½ years. He came away with great memories of many friends (old & new) & a lot of good times. He was a good provider. He built 6 homes, most of which his family lived in. He was a wonderful husband, father & grandfather! He found the Lord in 1980 & went to church regularly for many years. He was very tender-hearted & emotional, sometimes not being able to talk because of it. His family loved his sensitive spirit. He was a man of integrity & honesty. He believed in treating people fairly, which he lived by. He was always willing to lend a helping hand where it was needed. He loved to hunt, fish & camp. He had many stories of hunting & fishing excursions. He played many hours of pinochle with his family throughout his life. He liked doing Sudoku & playing Free Cell on his phone. He loved meeting the guys for coffee at Wild River & the Bum Steer. We really appreciate all those who showed their kindness at Lifespan of Stevensville, Hospice of Hamilton, the staff at Community Rehab & all the amazing staff at St. Pats Hospital! We want to Thank everyone who called & visited so many times these past 2 years. It was your time, effort & love that kept him going. That meant so much to him! He loved each one of you! Marvin was better known as Merf. Merf, we love you so much & we miss you greatly! You were God’s gift to us! We know we will see you again. Marvin didn’t want a funeral, there may possibly be a Memorial service this summer.

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Ken Andrews
   Posted Thu February 20, 2020
Diane & Family,
I am very sorry about Marvin's passing. He was a very good friend and we shared many fun times: harvesting hay, pouring concrete, playing cards and a few that I won't mention. He was a great guy, always had a smile, very hard working and just a good person. He will be missed by me and many others. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Nancy Lowell
   Posted Fri February 21, 2020
Diane and family:

Sending love and sincere sympathy to all of you.


David Edgell
   Posted Fri February 21, 2020

We always enjoyed working with Marvin, as your obituary said, he was a kind hardworking man. I was sorry to read that he had had health problems for two years. I wish I had known and I too could have visited him.

We will always have fond memories of Marvin.

Our condolences to you and all the family

David Edgell


Mark & Julie Hoselton
   Posted Sat February 22, 2020
Diane & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Marvin was one of the truly special people who crossed our path. We have a beautiful brick planter in front of our home that Marvin built in 1992. The planter is straight and true as was Marvin.
Love and Blessings,
Mark & Julie Hoselton

Gayle Carmello
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
My husband Bud and I are so grieved to hear of Marvin's passing. He was our customer in our muffler shop for many years. A man of great substance and integrity.

Bruce & Lori Park
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
Diane and family,

Our hearts go out to you during this time of loss. Marvin holds a special place in our hearts. So many good times camping, sharing meals, wood getting and dance classes. oh goodness! Remember the time he and Bruce went up the creek to catch fish for dinner in the Big Hole? They returned with two grouse they killed with rocks. Best meal ever! Stuffed with onions, lathered in butter then thrown on the fire pit in foil.
His infectious giggle and smile will always be remembered. He left his artful signature throughout the valley on so many homes and businesses.
A kind gentle soul. Rest In Peace Marv

Linda Dietz Kauffman
   Posted Fri February 28, 2020
Diane and family, I was so sorry to read about Marvin's passing. You and Marvin helped me to get into our first home many years ago. He was a good man and will be missed. My sympathy to you and your family.

Kim Brown Lawrence
   Posted Sun March 01, 2020
Diane, my sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of Marvin.
I know all your years together have given you thousands of wonderful memories to help you through the sadness you feel now. I hope the memories soon overcome the sorrow to free you to remember the good times with joy.

Sue Kendrick
   Posted Mon March 02, 2020
Dear Diane, My heart is filled with sorrow upon hearing the news of Marvin. His kind soul has touched the lives of so many, will never be forgotten and live in my memories. I realize you have lost a blessing from God, and it's never easy. I pray that God will continue to bless you in other ways, and strengthen you. In this tough time, know that I love you and am here for you.

Scott Simmert
   Posted Mon March 02, 2020
My Father in Law.He and my wife have the same heart. Tender and loving. I learned so much from him. He never let his girls down. He will live in my heart forever and I will see him again! Praise God.

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