February 1, 1921 ~ August 3, 2008
Marvin John Covall
Marvin John Covall was born in Bowden, North Dakota, to Anna and Mike Covall on February 1, 1921. Marvin passed away peacefully in La Mirada, California on August 3, 2008.
Marvin came to California with his family in 1923 and settled in Long Beach. He attended local schools there and graduated from Long Beach Poly in 1941.
Marvin loved mechanics and aircraft and went to work to train in the Army Civil Service in 1942 as an aircraft engine mechanic specialist. He remained in that field for the remainder of his working career.
In 1943, Marvin became a regular with the Army Air Corp and served in the Fifth Air Force in the South Pacific as an aircraft engine mechanic in the New Guinea campaign. Marvin was a specialist for the P38, P40, P47 (his favorite), and the B24. He enjoyed 'island hopping' to work on these aircraft in outlying combat areas. He particularly enjoyed being allowed to fly the C46 on many of these missions.
In May, 1945, on the Island of Biak, Marvin sustained permanent hearing loss when a B24 crash landed then exploded while Marvin was pulling injured crewmen out of the burning plane; an injury that would leave him with hearing aids the rest of his life. He was Honorably Discharged in November 1945. His love for flying did not diminish and he received his private pilots license and enjoyed flying in the 40's and 50's.
After the war, Marvin went to work for the Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo as an engine mechanic. As the aviation industry changed in the 50's and 60's, Marvin became involved in the aero space industry. He was proud of working on the Saturn C1 Rocket (upper stage S-IV) for the moon program. During this time he engineered a procedure to safely secure the second stage for its transport cross country. He subsequently worked at AeroSearch Manufacturing Company as a space systems assembler until 1969 when he went to work for Cosmodyne Corporation until his retirement in 1981.
In 1956 Marvin married Eva Lewis, who also worked at McDonald Douglas. They built their home in Redondo Beach that same year and lived there the rest of their lives. They enjoyed traveling to many different locations both in and outside of the United States. Their favorite was Hawaii where they went on several occasions.
Marvin was proceeded in death by his parents, Ana and Mike Covall, his brother, Oliver Covall, his sister, Evelyn Scott, his special niece, Valerie Gagnon, and his beloved wife, Eva Covall after 45 years of marriage.
Marvin leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews, extended family, and dear friends and neighbors, including his nephew by marriage, Robert Gagnon, a good friend for many years and his primary caregiver for the last years.
Viewing will be held on Monday, August 11, 2008 from 4PM to 8PM at the White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA. At Marvin's request a Military graveside service will be held on August 12, 2008, at 1:00 PM at the Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 Florence Ave. , Inglewood, Ca. Everyone is welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
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