Marvin Alexander

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Marvin Alexander, a gentle and caring soul, left us on Feb. 17, 2016. Marvin had a giggle of a five-year-old when he found something funny. Much to his wife, Helen's dismay, it was likely to be some reference that only a five-year-old would find funny, usually dealing with bodily functions. He had a killer Michael Jackson moonwalk but only in the kitchen wearing his cleaning apron.

Marvin took his job seriously as a father, embarrassing his teenage kids by wearing ridiculous outfits outside to do his gardening. Greg and Shelley, his children, never needed imaginary friends since Marvin had two that accompanied his kids throughout life. One being Lollie the Rugged Armenian, who liked dill pickles. These characters were the Alexander's extended family and illustrated Marvin's creative and colorful imagination. If you ever stayed the night at the Alexander household, Marvin was on hand offering to make you a waffle the next morning. Marvin's cooking, also part of his creative side, as he wanted to put everything but the kitchen sink into whatever he was making including his famous idea of putting water chestnuts into spaghetti sauce. This was vetoed by his family. The Alexanders would also like to thank the Denver Broncos for giving Marvin the ultimate joy of watching Denver win the Super Bowl.

Marvin could see and celebrate the human being within each of us no matter our background, race, or color. Marvin was a rare man in his ability to ask for directions, say I love you, and say I'm sorry. At work Marvin often bucked the system to advocate for services for those who couldn't get what they needed. He pushed until he was able to make the system work, often at his own expense. He had many interests but tennis and gardening topped the list. He planted more trees than Johnny Appleseed. As young man, he became an activist marching for integration, a pacifist, and always standing up for the underdog.

The Alexanders, Helen, Greg, Shelley, David, (son-in-law) and Mu Mu, (granddaughter), appreciate everyone who had contacted us about how Marvin was doing. Feel free to send us e-mails at to share stories of Marvin or your condolences.

In lieu of any flowers, a memorial donation to the American Friends Service Committee would truly honor his life. Make checks payable to AFSC Development, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Given his rapid decline, we will be having a quiet family remembrance at home and want time to make thoughtful plans for a celebration of Marvin's life for some time in the coming months.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 21, 2016
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