Marvin Burns(1928 - 2014)

Marvin Luke Burns, 85, of Menan, passed away peacefully Monday, June 23, 2014, at his home with his wife and family at his side.

Marvin was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Mountainair, N.M., to Burley Burns and Gladys Viola Brunner Burns, the fourth of six brothers and two sisters. He was raised and attended schools in Mountainair. Due to the Dust Bowl, the family moved to Burley, Idaho, when he was 8 years old, then later moved to Idaho Falls. At age 12, he started full-time work to help support the family.

At age 18, he married Helen Goebel; they had four children. They later divorced.

On June 27, 1952, he married Shirley Colson Wilson; their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Sept. 2, 2003. Together they raised seven children in Garfield and Darlington, Idaho. They were married for 63 years.

Marvin worked in construction and as a mechanic for over 30 years. He owned and operated a Grade A Dairy in Darlington, and farmed in Blackfoot while raising his family. He was also a truck driver for 15 years. He and Shirley owned and operated their own company, Burns Trucking, in Rigby. He retired in 1999.

Marvin was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved life and his family, along with all the chaos. He was a family man of many talents and trades; riding and raising Appaloosa Horses, riding snowmobiles, and anything he could do with his grandkids were among his favorites. Shirley and his family were his world! He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley C. Burns; children, Delpha (Tony) Rushin, Bonnie (Doug) Denning, Ron Burns, Marvin (Elizabeth) Burns, Beth (Kevin) Klitgaard, Brian (Teresa) Burns and Brent (DeanNa) Burns; siblings, Naomi Burns, George Burns, Howard Burns, Helen Walseth and Donie Burns; as well as 33 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jerry Burns; daughter, Sherry Lee Wilson; and brothers, Melvin Burns, Ernie Burns and Lonie Burns.

The family expresses their gratitude to Aspen Home Health, especially Rose Zundel, for the kind care and compassion given to Marvin.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Milo Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Eckersell Funeral Home
101 West Main St.  Rigby, ID 83442

Published in Post Register from June 25 to June 26, 2014