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Marvel J. Gallentine, 94, peacefully passed away December 3, 2013. He was born in Ogden, Utah on January 8, 1919 and located to Daytona Beach from Ft. Pierce, FL in 1932 when he was 13 years old. A graduate of Mainland in 1936, he attended Palm Beach College and University of Florida. During those early years Marvel and his brothers raced cars on Daytona Beach and was one of the last surviving beach drivers from 1939-41 era. He married Bessie Blinn, a Seabreeze grad, on 27 June 1942. The events of World War II called him to service and after a short time in the Army at Camp Landing in Starke, FL and Ocala; he wanted to fly and was ordered to pilot training and instructor school at Randolph Air Field. He was commissioned as an officer in 1943 and served as an instructor pilot flying AT-6s and P-51s at West Point in 1944 until his discharge in 1945. He returned to Daytona Beach until 1952 when he moved his family to Colombia, South America for 5 years while helping to build the Pan-American Highway. In 1957 he and his family moved back to Daytona where he lived the remainder of his life. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Bessie Gallentine (1983), sisters - Beulah and Beatrice, brothers-Lemoyn (Sonny) and Donal and son, Thomas Gallentine (2007). Survivors include his sons -Jay (Daytona Beach), Jerry (Tampa), daughter-in-law - Anita, two grandsons Jeff and David and their families. There will be no memorial services.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Dec. 5, 2013