Marvin Woodrow Burleson's full and beautiful life has ended at age 65 following a courageous battle with cancer, Oct. 11, 2012, at his home in Meridian, Idaho.
Born Feb. 22, 1947, in Fowler, Calif., to Woodrow and Katherine Burleson, Marvin was raised in Salinas, Calif. and graduated from Salinas High in 1965. Marvin married his high school sweetheart Helen (Kitty) Burleson on May 15, 1965. They had two daughters, Shelley and Melisa before moving to Letha, Idaho, in 1979.
Marvin owned his own business, Marv's Volkswagon Repair Center in California. Marvin worked for Phil Arndt at Wagon Works for 20 years in Idaho and owned Englehorn Garage for 10 years, he also spent time farming.
Marvin and Kitty raised their children at their home in Letha and eventually moved to Meridian in 2006.
Marvin's greatest accomplishment and source of pride was his marriage to Kitty. Theirs was a love story that is very rare. He often said, "I have done it all. Kitty and I have endured many hard times, gone through some of the worst things life has to offer and felt sadness. We have celebrated many of the best things life has to offer and felt joy and pride. Now I get to do what most people don't get the opportunity to, I get to say goodbye. My life is full."
Marvin is survived by, wife, Helen Burleson; daughters, Shelley Burleson and Melisa Burleson, her partner, Angie Mitchell; foster son, Justin Fuentes;
grandchildren, Daisy Fuentes, Abigail Mitchell-Burleson, Presley Mitchell-Burleson; sister, Patricia Pacana, her husband, Frank Pacana; in-laws, Lester and Jacqueline Dunn, June (Tiny) and Ken Bright and Lee Smith; nieces and nephews, Tammie Miller, Dawn Nicholson, Shirley Carpenter, Debi Nishimoto, Lance Dunn, John Bright and Ruth Jarvie; and many great nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank First Choice Home Health and Hospice for their exceptional care during his illness. A huge thank you goes out to friends and family who have sacrificed much to extend help and support in so many ways - Bob and Debbie Dobbs, Connie and Tom Helzer, Kay and Guy Broyles, Dean and Margie, Tiny and Ken Bright, Lester Dunn, Alex Holbrook, Gina and Gary Banister, neighbors Danny and Melva, Ken and Julie, Dave and Amy and Mike.
A celebration of Marvin's life will be held Oct. 27, 2012, from 1 to 6 p.m. at 2000 W. Pebblestone in Meridian with an open house with food and drink provided.