August 23, 1917 ~ June 15, 2013|
Marvin Arent understood the dignity of every person. He was genuinely thrilled for the happiness of others. Marv taught by example that the goal is not to always prove you are right, but to have perspective for what is truly important in life.
After nearly a century of bringing joy to the lives of those lucky enough to be his family and friends, Marv died peacefully at the age of 95 on June 15, 2013.
Marv was born on August 23, 1917 in Rochester New York to Eastern European immigrants Hyman and Sarah Arent. He grew up in the Great Depression, helping his family make ends meet in their grocery business. Yet he went on to college, graduating from the University of Michigan in 1939. Marv was enjoying a career in the motion picture business when World War II broke out, and he entered the Army in 1941. Marv became Captain in the infantry, and was awarded a Purple Heart for the wounds he received while serving as the leader of a unit of tank destroyers in Italy.
Following the war, Marv returned to the movie business. He met Lynn Cohne on a blind date in Washington, DC. They were married March 26, 1950 and had an amazing love affair for 54 years until Lynn's death in 2004. Marv never stopped talking about Lynn with total love and admiration.
After their wedding, Marv and Lynn lived in Cleveland, Ohio. Marv next worked in the communications business in California, until they moved to Utah where he and Lynn co-founded Arent's Doorway to Fashion, a women's clothing and fur store. His first rule of business for his entire staff was to treat each customer with honesty and caring. Together Marv and Lynn also helped pioneer television advertising in Utah.
Marv was President of the Ambassador Club and a member of the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City for 47 years, where he served as Treasurer and was a Paul Harris Fellow and a Richard L. Evans Fellow. He served on the United Jewish Federation of Utah Board of Directors until last summer and was a member of Congregation Kol Ami. At age 95, Marv was probably the oldest person working out at the JCC gym. He also loved playing bridge and will be sorely missed by his wonderful friends at his Friday bridge group.
Marv and Lynn were incredibly loving parents and grandparents and spoke with great pride about their family. They also enjoyed exploring the world and traveled extensively for business and after retirement.
His wife Lynn, of blessed memory, said of her beloved, "If the world had many more humans like Marv - with his decency, honesty, unselfishness, kindness, humor and love - our world would be like heaven."
Marv is survived by his daughters Patrice Arent (David Mock) of Salt Lake City and Shereen Arent (Brian Wolfman) of Takoma Park, Maryland, his grandchildren Sarah Mulhern (William Friedman), Joshua Lipman, Avi and Hannah Wolfman-Arent, and his sister-in-law Colleen Cohne. He was predeceased by his wife Lynn, brother Albert, sister Esther, and his sisters and brothers-in-law: Fran Arent, Cele and Dal Siegel, Sonia and Ben Cohne, and Bob Cohne.
The family wishes to thank Caroline Gaudy and Jodi Franklin for their loving care, friendship, and support during Marv's final years. The family also appreciates the wonderful care he received for many decades at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics.
A commemoration of Marv's life will be held on June 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Mountainview Room at Congregation Kol Ami - 2425 Heritage Way, Salt Lake City. He will be buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jewish Family Services, 1111 E. Brickyard #109, SLC, UT 84106, jfsutah.org; United Jewish Federation, 2 North Medical Dr., SLC, UT 84113, shalomutah.org; or Moran Eye Center, University of Utah Health Care, 65 Mario Capecchi Drive, SLC, UT 84132, healthcare.utah.edu/moran.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from June 18 to June 19, 2013