Passed away peacefully at home in Mission Viejo, California on Sunday, April 30, 2006 at the age of 94. He is survived by his devoted wife of over 67 years, the love of his life ‘Madge’.
Marvin was born on October 27, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois , but grew up in San Francisco, California. He learned to play saxophone at an early age and played in many bands throughout California in his teens. In 1929, he joined a band going around the world on the ?President Polk? steamship. After that journey, he moved to Los Angeles, California with his parents and finished high school. After graduation, Marv played sax for years in nightclubs, speakeasies, and supper clubs. In the mid-30’s he went into motion picture studio work. He also joined the Ray Kinney Hawaiian band and opened at the Lexington Hotel in New York. In 1938 he met and married the love of his life ‘Madge’. Then later, he joined the Navy and as a musician, played for dances and shows. Marv worked at many types of businesses, but his longest run was his 20 years at Twentieth Century – Fox as a Music Editor. During those years and throughout his retirement, he enjoyed many hobbies, such as motorcycle riding, making silver jewelry, gun collecting, leather tooling, woodcarving, and playing his own arrangements of standards on his organ. After his retirement, he and Madge went on several freighter voyages around the world, each lasting over 40 days. In the last few years, as his eyesight and hearing failed, he mostly enjoyed listening to Big Band music on his ear- phones.
Marvin is survived by his beloved Madge, his three loving daughters and son-in-law, Juli Ann Bridges, Jeri Greene, Rick Karp, and Joni Landfield; adoring grandchildren, Casey Bridges, Jordan and Carrie Bridges, Lainie and Mike Angus, and Stephanie Greene – and four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Allie, Lola and Orson.
In the 70’s, wanting to leave his loving family a remembrance of himself and his wonderful life stories, he wrote and privately published a book for his grandchildren entitled, ?A Wandering Minstrel I Would Be?, and he also made a set of cassette recordings of himself narrating memories and facts and playing music on his organ from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. They are and will become treasures for generations to come.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marv’s name to The Braille Institute – 527 North Dale Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801 ~ 714 821-5000.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2006 ~ 4:00 P.M. at O’Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, California 92653 ~ 949 581-4300.