MARVIN ELLIOTT LOCKE May 30, 1935 - June 21, 2014 Marvin Elliott Locke, 79, of Red Bluff died Saturday, June 21, at home with his family. He was born on May 30, 1935, to Allan and Marie (Elliott) Locke in Vallejo, California. He attended public schools in Vallejo and graduated Vallejo High School in 1953. In his youth he was an excellent student, an active church member and he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. He graduated from Pomona College with a BA in History, from UCLA with a MA in History, from CSU-Los Angles with a General Secondary Credential and from University of the Pacific with an EdD. After college, he entered the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Officer rising to the rank of Captain. Following in the footsteps of his father, a school principal, he embarked on a four-decade career in public education. He was a teacher at Shasta High School, an instructor at Sierra College and an Assistant Professor at UOP. He married Gail Westberg on May 29, 1972, and they moved to Red Bluff in August of that year. He came to Red Bluff to serve as a Curriculum and Instruction Program Director at the Tehama County Department of Education. He was soon promoted to Associate Superintendent where he served for 19 years as assistant to Lou Bosetti. In 1990 he ran for the office of Tehama County Superintendent of Schools. He was elected twice and served as County Superintendent from 1991-1999. He retired from public education in 1999. During his career, Marvin Locke earned a stellar reputation across California and nationally for his knowledge and clear thinking regarding curriculum and instruction and teacher training. Twice he served as Chairman of the prestigious California County-State Steering Committee and was widely sought after to serve on state and national Blue Ribbon Committees. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Rural Education Association. In 1998, he was one of the founders of the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition where he served as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors for 14 years. Through his direct efforts over $7 billion dollars have been allocated by the federal government to rural schools and counties for essential services from 2000-2012. He was a charter member of the Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee and served from 2000-2012. But his most intense service efforts were focused on Tehama County where he was actively involved in St. Peters Episcopal Church, Colusi Historical Society, Tehama County Historical Society, Western Star #2 Masonic Lodge, Mercy Foundation North, Tehama County Historical Records Commission, Community Concert Association, North State Symphony Board and State Theatre of the Arts. In recent years he excelled at assisting both the Mercy Foundation North and the State Theatre for the Arts raise capital for key projects. For the last several years he served as Chairman of the Resource Committee for the State Theatre for the Arts and is one of several members of that committee that are largely responsible for raising the funds to purchase and restore the historic State Theatre. He was delighted to see the new blade and the theatre solidly in the hands of the Red Bluff Community. His parents, Allan and Marie Locke and his great-grandson, Jason, predecease Marvin. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail, daughter Lindy, granddaughter Amanda, grandson Sean, sister Ellen (Lawrence) Crumb, niece Sarah and several cousins. A Celebration of his Life will be held Saturday, August 2, 11 AM at the State Theatre, 333 Oak Street in Red Bluff with a Reception following at the Elks Club, 355 Gilmore Road, Red Bluff. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Endowment Fund in Marvin's honor, the St. Peter's Bell Tower Restoration Project or the State Theater Restoration Projects.
Published in Daily News on July 3, 2014