Marvin Ray White
December 18, 1925 - December 14, 2013
Marvin Ray White died peacefully in his sleep with his daughter Karen by his side on Dec. 14, 2013, just four days short of his 88th birthday.
Marvin was born Dec. 18th, 1925 the oldest son of David White and Thelma Riggles White in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. He left high school early to join the U.S. Navy during WWII. He served as a bottom gunner on a 3 man crew Avenger in Florida and helped to test new radar systems. During one of their flights around Florida and the Caribbean they got too close to a German submarine which had updated guns and the plane was shot down. Marvin was hit on the head by the radar system, became unconscious and was rescued by the pilot and other gunner. He didn't wake up until he was in a Florida hospital. He continued to serve as a bottom gunner for the rest of his service.
He married Arlene Lois Strotz after the war and had 2 children: Karen and Danno.
Years later, he married Joan Mackelwick Vanorsdol. Together, they camped, fished and golfed all over Oregon. Marvin was devastated when Joan died.
Marvin loved the outdoors. He worked on ranches in Washington and Oregon but most of his career was spent driving logging trucks all over Oregon wherever Joan's work took them. Their favorite place of all was Burns, Oregon.
Marvin was proceeded in death by his brother David White and his two sisters, Marie Doan and Bernice Cheney. He was also proceeded in death by his beloved wife Joan.
He is survived by his youngest brother and wife, Johnny and Vickie White, his sister-in-law, Alice White, his daughter and husband, Karen and Paul Ridley, granddaughter and husband, Jennifer and Shane Corfee and great-granddaughter, Olivia, his son and wife Danno and Becky White, grandson and wife, Dana and Kim White, and great-grandchildren Ashley Carpenter, Demetrius and Kenzie White, and grandson and wife, Craig and Naomi White and great-granddaughter, Kitieri White and numerous nephews and nieces. Lastly he is survived by his dear friend and golfing buddy, Dorothy Tyler.
Marvin White will be buried next to his wife Joan in Dallas, Oregon at a date to be determined by his family.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 11, 2014