MARVIN SANFORD WILSON, SR. longtime resident of Gardena passed away July 8, 2006 of natural causes. Born March 29, 1924 in Kansas City Missouri and was a member of the Senior Class of 1942 at R. L. Sabin High School in Portland Oregon. He served in the US Marines during WW II and the Korean Conflict and was a survivor of the Chosen Reservoir where his position was overrun and he received multiple wounds and was later rescued when the Marines counter-attacked. He was a recipient of two Purple Hearts. He married Los Angeles resident Marjorie Parker in October of 1946 and was married for 51 years when she preceded him in death 9 years ago. He is survived by 3 children; Marvin Jr. (Jackie) of Ukiah, Mary (Brian Casey) of Gardena, Mark (Annette) of San Bernardino, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Marvin was a member of the Holy Name Society at Saint Catherine La Boure Parish as well as the Knights of Columbus. He was involved in the implementation of the El Camino Village Homeowner Association until he moved to Ukiah 7 years ago where he enjoyed being involved with the community. A gathering of family and friends will be held at White & Day Colonial Chapel on Friday, July 14, 2006 from 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held at Holy Cross' small chapel on Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 12 Noon.

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  1. Dear Dad, Jackie and I really enjoyed having you living next door to us for the past 7+ years- What a treat it was. I’m glad we got to share our lives with you. Just want you to know we love you and miss you. Semper Fi, Mardee and Jackie

  2. Gramps always showed his love and made sure I knew I was loved. I will miss his laughter, but I know I can hear it in my memories. I love you Gramps! Your Grandson, Sean

  3. Dear Mark & Annette, What a magnificent video tribute to your dad. I didn’t know him but your tribute captured the love and loss you feel. Now, in his absence, I pray that the wings of angels will lift you up and give you hope of that blessed reunion you will one day share with him. Sympathy and love to you and yours, Sandi Knabenbauer

  4. To the Wilson family…What a wonderful and touching memorial this is. It’s evident your father/grandfather lived a long enriched life. He’ll be missed by many I’m sure. Our condolences to you all, Bill and Vickie Bianco

  5. I loved my Uncle, with the Memorial I have just seen it makes me honor my middle name him even more, it was after him. My family sends their Prayers and Condolences for your loss.

  6. My dear sweet daddy, oh how I miss you. I know you and mom are together again with those that passed before you. Enjoy the reunion. I know that we will be together again but I have much work to do here. I will do that work in honor of you and mom. My love forever.

  7. My Dearest Grandfather, I have a great pleasure in writing this entry. Unfortunately I was unable to attend your services. However, I share all the love the entire family has for you. I have peace in knowing that you and Grandma walk amongst family, friends, and great individuals who influenced your lives of greatness. May God bless you and keep you at His side. I know one day again we will see eachother. Until then, I know that the wind on my face, the sunshine on my shoulders, and the rain in my hair has your ever-loving spirit and I will cherish everyday that I spent with you. Love Always, Nathan Ellertson & Family

  8. Thank you Marvin Wilson Jr. for sharing with us the tribute of your father. We are sorry for your loss. Without even knowing your dad, I cried at such a beautifuly done tribute. So glad to see both of you at the LHS reunion. We must all stay in touch. Love and prayers to you and your family. Jim and Diane Lung

  9. Our love and condolences to Mardee, Mary, Mark & families. When thinking of my Uncle Marvin, I think of a sweet and gentle man. During one particular visit, I remember waking up to revelry and the raising of the American flag. He loved his family and he loved his country. We look forward to one last and upcoming reunion with him soon. With Love Shirley & Family

  10. Our prayers and condolences to Mardee, Mary, Mark & families. When thinking of my Uncle Marvin, I think of a sweet and gentle man. During one particular visit, I remember waking up to revelry and the raising of the American flag. He loved his family and he loved God and his country. We look forward to one last and upcoming reunion with him soon. With Love Shirley & Family

  11. Grandpa Wilson it was a great pleasure knowing you. The memories will never be forgotten. The stories that Marvin Jr. told us about when he was a kid growing up with you as his father. Helping unload your moving truck when you moved up here, the Bible studies that we had together, your voice calling “Marty” and your chuckle. You will always be in our memories. PS. Looking forward to seeing you in Glory Land. Love, Frank Michelle Jordan &Matthew Dollosso

  12. I remember Marvin Sr. as out-going and friendly. He always seemed happy to see me and always greeted me with a smile. I remember that he took pride in everything he owned and took excellent care of cars, tools, etc. He passed on this meticulousness to Marvin Jr., always caring for things down to the last detail. One memory I have of Marvin Sr. was a trip to San Diego to visit Marvin Jr. He drove the blue van to San Diego and back in one day, to see Mardee after weeks of boot camp. The family was always gracious in including me in their plans. I will remember Marvin Sr. as a truly gentle man.

  13. Having Dad live next door to us for the past seven years was a real privilege. I especially enjoyed the first few years he was here with us when he and I would go shopping together. He loved to shop. He loved to “TV shop” too. He was always writing down numbers of wonderful offers that he saw on TV. He would call and buy things that he thought we needed– like three AB-Glides- one for each of us!! Later on he wasn’t able to manage the calls by himself, but would keep a list of numbers that he wanted us to call!! We enjoyed taking him on trips in the motorhome and to all kinds of ministry outreaches and activities. Dad helped us by playing his harmonica with our worship team in the weekly worship services that we provided at Trinity Sdhool, a home for troubled children, for three years. He loved the kids and passed out candy to everyone each week. He loved going out to eat with us (especially to Denny’s). He was a loving, generous man, and I was blessed to be able to be at his side helping him when he was unable to help himself. Thank you Wilson kids for sharing him with me. Love, Jackie (Mrs. Marvin S. Wilson, Jr)

  14. Marvin, I enjoyed reading about your father. I’m sure you are proud of him. It sounds like you have a lot of good memories to share with us. We appreciate your kind and gentle spirit. Sincerely, Robert and Alexis Crabb

  15. Marvin and Family, We send our love and prayers. Gramps will be missed. Our children both have special memories, they would like for us to share. Joshua, our son, remebers that gramps loved geography and history. He loved looking at maps with him. Our daughter was turning 2 yrs. old and he wanted her to have something special and dainty for her birthday, so he bought her a little heart locket. She still wears it and I let her know that a very specail man gave it to her,Gramps. Marvin and Jackie may the Lord bless you for taking care of your dad faithfully and may he make his face to shine upon you and give you peace.

  16. Gosh, the tribute brought back memories of times I stayed at your home when I was young..and my Mom, Gloria Bordeax-Sullivan-Croce, telling me of Uncle Marvin’s metals from his military service. Thank you for sharing the tribute. Love, your cousin Maureen

  17. gramps was one who always had a happy look on.When you where felling down just look into those eyes and you where happy. iam am going to miss him.SIR YES SIR goodbye old friend yours forever, great grandson,nathan

  18. My mother, Vivian McLain (Marvin’s sister), my sister Linda, and I send our condolences and love to Uncle Marvin’s family. Deanna

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