Marvin Fitzpatrick passed away peacefully at his family's home in Whittier, AK on March 9, 2013.
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He was born November 18, 1925 in Gillett, Arkansas. He arrived in Alaska with the Army in 1950 and made Alaska his true home. He retired from the Army in 1964.
He was a distinguished gentleman and a proud family man. He has an extensive network of friends and family with his brotherhood in so many organizations. His accomplishments were great but ultimately his passion was his family and the time he spent fishing with his family and friends.
Mr. Fitzpatrick proudly served our country with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific where he was awarded the Purple Heart and also served in Europe with the U.S. Army during WWII and in the Korean War. He received the distinct honor to help start the Army Rifle Team to go on to earn many awards including the President's 100. He also had the distinct honor to coach the Biathlon team for the 1960 and 1964 Olympics.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was a Past Grand Master of the Alaska Grand Lodge and a Past Patron of the OES at Denali chapter 16 and Mat-Su chapter 14. He was also a member of Al-Aska Shrine, the York Rite Masons, the Scottish Rite Masons and the Pioneers of Alaska.
He is survived by his brother Lawrence Fitzpatrick of Jacksonville, NC; his daughter Anne Smith of Aberdeen, WA; his grandson Lance Fitzpatrick of Anchorage, AK; his granddaughter Shawn Phillips of Whittier, AK, his granddaughters Angelica Johanson and Shannon Ely of Juneau, AK, his granddaughter Shara English of Eagle River, AK; his grandson Dirk Fitzpatrick of Lakewood, CO and eleven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at the Masonic Temple located at 1431 Eagle Street Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday, March 16, 2013 beginning at 1 p.m. with services starting at 2 p.m.
Arrangements were entrusted Legacy Funeral Homes-Witzleben Chapel.
Published in adn.com from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2013