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Marvin Edward Leggett Jr.

1944 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Marvin Edward Leggett Jr. Obituary
MARVIN EDWARD LEGGETT JR. Born in Tennessee on September 22, 1944 to Miriam and Joe Leggett, Marvin Edward Leggett Jr. died peacefully early Thursday morning, June 26, 2014 at Chapman Restorative Center in Riverside CA. He was preceded in death by both of his parents as well as his brother David Leggett and his niece Karin. He is survived by his sister Susan Rumans & her husband Neil Rumans of Arizona, their son Eric, nieces Alexis, Camyrn, Katie & Allyson, and a host of loving friends. Marvin (aka Ed/Eddy/Uncle Eddy) was an intrepid reader and book collector. He placed high value on education. Having earned his Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University and his Master's from Azusa Pacific University, this learned man spent his lifetime both gaining and imparting knowledge--as a teacher of English, Humanities, Science Fiction & Fantasy (the course he created) at both Norte Vista HS and La Sierra High School, where he served as Chairman of the English Department for many years. In addition, Ed Leggett coached football & baseball during his time at Norte Vista HS--both schools in Alvord Unified School District (Riverside CA) from which he retired in 2002 after nearly 40 years as an educator. Ed was drafted into the Army in 1968 and thus served in the Vietnam War. He was married to Marilyn Smolik from 1968-1974. Marvin/Ed was known for his steadfast heart and for devotion to his friends. He compassionately supported a number of them through their own long-term, terminal illnesses. He will be remembered dearly for this sort of loyalty and his quiet concern for others. Marvin/Ed's friends enjoyed his dry, engaging sense of humor and his vast knowledge of books and authors. Additionally, Ed/Marvin loved discovering new and upcoming musicians as his extensive music collection well shows. His face would light up most, however, whenever he received news of his favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds! A Visitation will be held at Acheson and Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary at 7944 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504 on Mon, July 7, 10am to 2pm. Lunch & Memory Sharing to follow at 2:30pm at one of Ed/Marvin's favorite restaurants. His treat! May Marvin/Ed--kindest of men, beloved friend and brother. Rest in Peace.

Published in Press-Enterprise from July 2 to July 4, 2014
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