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Donald Arthur Marvin
  • Focus on the Family
    8605 Explorer Drive
    Colorado Springs, CO 80920
  • Christian Aid
    1807 Seminole Trail
    Suit 200
    Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Samaritan's Purse for Operation Christmas Child
    P.O. Box 3000
    Boone, NC 28607

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“Oh Linda I am so sorry for your loss. I love that song "can I have this dance". I can only imagine now that Don will be face to face with our Lord....Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Annette Kukla - East Leroy, MI

“Linda: We are sorry that we won't be able to come to Don's visitation or funeral. We have a lot of fond memories of the both of you and you are in...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Marcus and Cherie Lynch - Friend

“Linda,I sorry to hear about Don. I know you will find comfort in the memories of times you shared together.Connie ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Connoe White - Battle Creek, MI

“We have fond memories of Don. Ashden still remembers Don with his blue truck & trailer hauling all kinds of stuff for our OCC garage sales. He was a...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Dave, Darci, Kami, & Ashden Ryke - MI

“LindaPlease accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of someone who means the world to you. God will be with you every step of the way and may you...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Nancy Fahner-Hill - Rockford, MI

“Dearest Mrs. Marvin, We are so, so sorry to hear of your husband's homegoing. The pain is so real despite knowing that you will see him again. Mr....Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Julia Stagg - Bellevue, MI

“Linda, We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. We enjoyed our time with him working at Camp Barakel. We pray that family, friends and your...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Terry and Ronette Felter - WI

“A gentle man, of strong character. Always with a ready smile A great testimony of his relationship with his LORD. Ready to serve anyway he could. A...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Elsie Peterson - Battle Creek, MI


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Donald A. Marvin, 89, of Battle Creek died peacefully August 2. He was born April 18, 1933 in Grand Rapids, MI and was the child of Douglas and Mildred (Smith) Marvin.

Don received his elementary and secondary education at Cedar Springs, graduating from high school in June of 1951. He attended Western Michigan University beginning in the fall of 1951 and graduated with an AB degree in Secondary Education in January 1957. Don taught and coached in several schools between 1957 and 1969. Along the way he took 30 hours of graduate classes in education from Michigan State University. After leaving the teaching profession Don worked at a number of different jobs including several years as a retail store manager for Montgomery Wards. In 1981 he started working for the Department of Defense as a Quality Assurance Specialist for DoD contracts. He continued there until his retirement in 1994.

Don was married to Linda (Ashley) Marvin August 19, 1978. Before settling in Battle Creek, Don & Linda lived in Kewanee, IL and Tipp City, OH. They moved to Battle Creek in 1988 and soon purchased their house on Baseline Road.

Don & Linda both enjoyed traveling and playing golf as well as gardening and casual photography. Both have been active in their churches whether in Ohio or Michigan. Don served a number of terms as a trustee, sang solos, sang in the choir, and worked with maintenance projects around the buildings. He also kept quite busy with repair and remodeling at both their home and their cottage. In addition, he lumbered off 30+ acres on their farm and cut a lot of firewood for sale along the way.

Surviving are his wife Linda; five sons from his first marriage to Ruth (Piper) Nichols - Dave (Jeannie) of Rockford, MI, Tom of Cedar Springs, MI, Tim (Bonnie) of Sand Lake, MI, Jon of Grand Rapids, MI and Jody (Tina) of Belding, MI plus 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; daughter in law Brenda of Sand Lake, ML Don was preceded in death by his father, mother, and eldest son Dan.

Visitation will be at Monday, August 8, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Funeral services to celebrate Don's life will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 9 at Calvary Baptist Church. A private interment will follow at Solon Cemetery in Cedar Springs, MI.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to Focus on the Family, 8605 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, Christian Aid, 1807 Seminole Trail, suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22901, Samaritan's Purse for Operation Christmas Child, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, or Voice of the Martyrs, 1815 SE Bison Rd., Bartlesville, OK 74006. Envelopes for such will be available at the funeral home. Personal messages to the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.