Marion Orville Howard 6/1/1931-5/1/2014 On Thursday, May 1 at 5:55am, Marion lost his struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Marion was the grandson of prominent Tulare County settlers, William and Mary Howard. His parents were Merle and May Howard. Marion had one brother, Elden, who was Chief of Police in Pismo Beach, Ca for over 25 yrs. Born and raised in Pixley, CA, Marion was an active citizen promoting 4H, Boyscouts of America, American Legion, Tulare Elks Club, and served the Pixley Lions Club as President and lifetime member. Marion was deeply dedicated to his community and participated in the purchase of the baseball park, the track at Pixley Elementary School, the Pixley welcome signs, and organized the nationally renowned Pheasant Hunt that has been held for over 20 years. Fishing, hunting and traveling were his passions. Marion was a graduate of Delano High School in 1949 were he met his high school sweetheart, Donna Rosalie Gordon, whom he married in 1952 and had three adoring children, Debora, Janell and Randy. Starting at a very young age, Marion was an avid pilot and was a lifetime member of the Pilot's Association. He later served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Guam. He was a respected cattleman in the western United States and a lifetime member of the Cattlemen's Association & Livestock Association. In the 80's, he became a Land and Ranch Real Estate specialist throughout Tulare County and had a very successful career at Craig Smith Realty. Marion is survived by his three children, Debora and Janell of San Diego and Randy of Tulare and his six grandchildren, Branden, Kristen, Luke, Andrew, Alexandra, Tanner, his niece and 2 nephews and his 3 cousins. Also, Jeanette Rae Morehead, who was his wife of 40 years and her 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was a distinguished role model and adoring father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. The service will be on Friday, May 9th at the 1st Baptist Church - 469 North Cherry Ave. in Tulare, CA. Viewing will begin at 9:00 with the service at 10:00am. Immediately following will be a graveside service at the North Tulare Cemetery and a luncheon at the Tulare Golf Course. The family requests that any donations be sent to Parkinson's research and/or the Hospice organization. Arrangements are entrusted to Miller's Tulare Funeral Home.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on May 6, 2014