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On March 14, 2013, Col. Marvin P. Mann Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (retired), died peacefully at his home in Sequim. He had been diagnosed with extensive small-cell carcinoma in late 2011.
Marv was born on June 19, 1932, in Goshen, Indiana, to Marvin and Frances (Stepp) Mann.
He attended Ashland University in Ohio before graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
On July 20, 1952, he married his longtime friend, Arleta Miller.
In 1953, he joined the Marine Corps, later going to Navy flight school. From 1964 to 1972, he flew more than 586 missions in Vietnam, including being the personal pilot for the commanding general of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.
He moved to Napa, California, in 1979 after retiring from the Marine Corps and flew night cargo for Transamerica Airlines and Southern Air Transport. He also worked as a Realtor and was co-owner with his wife of an employment agency.
In 1991, Marv and his wife moved to Sequim but also enjoyed their frequent and extensive RV trips. Marv also loved playing golf, bowling, dancing and growing beautiful roses. His family loved his stories of his many flying adventures.
Marv is survived by his wife, Arleta, of Sequim; their eight adult children, Marvin P. Mann III and his wife, Carolyn Maderious, of Richmond, California, Marsha (Donald) Hendrickson of Sequim, Melissa S. Mann of Sequim, Mitchell Mann and his wife, Julie Lewis, of Port Angeles, Martin Mann and his wife, Diana Bregstresser-Greene, of Salem, Oregon, Matthew Mann and his wife, Becky Koed, of Napa, Megan (Jesús) Solís of Hawi, Hawaii, and Marlene "Molly" (Dave) Hayes of Bellingham, Washington; eight grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sister and good friend, Barbara McClanahan of Cathedral City, California.
Marv and Arleta have always had a special bond with their two nieces and three nephews and their families.
Arrangements for cremation were through Linde-Price Funeral Service of Sequim, and inurnment will be at Ocean View Cemetery in Port Angeles at a later date.
A celebration with Marine Corps Honor Guard was held on March 20.
The Mann family is very grateful to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, which was so supportive in the last seven months of Marv's life.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 7, 2013