November 13, 1926 — February 23, 2022
Marvin John Blanken was born in Cisco, Texas on November 13, 1926, and returned to his Lord on February 23, 2022, in Farmington, Utah, of natural causes. He knew he was going home to his Lord that day.
He was a simple, grateful, and joyful man, and he knew that true joy came from acknowledging one’s sins and trusting in the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. When asked what he wanted in his obituary, he simply replied, “Marvin is dead and God gave him a good life. It’s that simple.”
He grew up in the greater Shawnee, Oklahoma area. In 1944, he joined the Army Air Corp with the intention of becoming a pilot. World War II ended and he was released without ever having learned to fly. Although he is grateful that he never put himself in danger, he would have loved to learn to fly. He returned to Oklahoma where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. He began his teaching career in Oklahoma but later moved to Utah where he taught at Davis High School for nearly 40 years.
He met Earlene Vickery, the love of his life, at Prairie Valley School in Oklahoma when he was principal, and she was a teacher. After a long courtship, they were married on July 11, 1958. It was a union much celebrated by both families, Marvin and Earlene loved to travel and took biannual trips to Oklahoma to visit their families.
He loved to go to Lake Powell, fish, gamble, hang out in the yard, his garden, and spread roses. He liked to sing and whistle and had a quick sense of humor. Marvin and Earlene have volunteered for Meals on Wheels and have supported many different food banks. He kept Mom steady, even in difficult times, and with calm and simple faith loved his Lord. He was a grateful, polite and kind man.
He leaves behind sons, Mark Blanken (Salt Lake City, Utah), Karin Blanken (Mallorca, Spain); daughter-in-law Michelle Blanken-Verrier (Roy, Utah); and her daughter, Kathryn Lisby, and her husband Dale (Kaysville, Utah). His grandchildren Christine (David), Ryan (Anna Karina), Danielle, Sarah, Matthew and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and family from the church also feel his loss.
His son, Gary Earl Blanken paved the way to heaven in 1994. Marvin is reunited with the love of his life, Earlene, who went to heaven on January 9, 2018. He is also reunited with his parents, siblings and other loved ones. . The Blanken kids are sitting in heaven frying catfish and playing dominoes.
Thank you to the loving and caring staff at Legacy House at Parklane – especially Monica, D’Lynn, Ashley, Christina, Stacie, Barry, Kyle, and the medics and aides who cared for him in the Cottage – especially Kaja, Chezli, and Hailey. This team will always hold a special place in the hearts of Marvin’s family. You all looked after him during the pandemic and made him feel safe and not alone. All we can say is “Hickoryyyyy!” Thanks also to Donette and the team at Inspiration Home Health, Todd Gardner, Jenn Griswold and her team, and everyone else who continually prayed for our family.
A family visitation will be held March 18, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Lindquist Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3329 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, Utah. Friends can visit family before the service from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to the Layton Mortuary of Lindquist, Layton, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food bank, volunteer for your local Meals on Wheels, or donate to Habitat for Humanity.
See you later, Alligator!
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