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Marvyn Leon Stockel


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Marvyn Leon Stockel Obituary
MARVYN LEON STOCKEL 1/15/1934 - 4/23/2018 Beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother Marvyn Stockel, finally able to rest without pain, left this earth at the beautiful Hospice House of Humboldt on April 23surrounded by the Redwoods, his family and close friends, thus ending his long and heroic battle with advanced cardiovascular disease and related chronic illnesses. Marvyn came into this world on Jan. 15th, 1934, accompanied by his twin brother Mervyn, to join older brother Joe, and his parents Joseph Stockel and Elizabeth (Kemp) Stockel. Born and raised in a farming and ranching community along the Eel River in Humboldt County, Marvyn and his brothers learned from an early age what it meant to be part of a hard-working family and community. His exceptionally strong work ethic was to be a dominate part of his essential character throughout his life. Those who knew Marvyn knew that for him it was all about his work, being strong, and getting the job done to the high standard which he always expected of himself. Marvyn began his school life in the small country school setting, ultimately graduating from Fortuna High School. Stories over the years (told by those other than himself) spoke of more than one small country school teacher leaving the classroom before the end of termnot wishing to continue the challenge of dealing with the Stockel twins and others similar mischievous bent! Having married a teacher himself later in his life, he chose to downplay this part of his story. Though not a fan of a great deal of book-centered academic endeavor, he often spoke of his love of the music programs, sports, and other creative hands-on projects done in the community. He was a gifted athlete and was especially proud of being a member of the undefeated Fortuna Huskies basketball team of 1952and of his eventual induction into the Fortuna High Hall of Fame in honor of this achievement. He stayed in touch with Coach George Crandall throughout his lifethe most loved and respected of any of his school mentors. Marvyn married for the first time right after high school. Though his marriage was not to last it brought him two of the greatest blessings of his life, his beloved daughters, Catherine (Stockel) Slight and Christine (Stockel) Shongood. Even as they grew into adulthood he sought always to protect and guide them through life's inevitable pitfalls. Following high school Marvyn worked in construction and logging, often working more than one job in order to get ahead, usually helping out at the family place in Holmes, Ca, and/or tending to his own stock on his days off. He spent 12 years working for Redwood Construction Co before being sent to Willow Creek in 1969 by owner Chris Nicolos to help develop what eventually became The Big Foot Golf Country Club and Mobile Home Park. After managing Big Foot for 10 years the course was sold and Marvyn stayed on helping to develop Big Foot Subdivisionbefore going into his own landscape business which he operated successfully for many years. Many in the community were accustomed to seeing Marvyn coming along in his dump truck, vintage 1966 ford, or some other type of equipmentone of his beloved dogs at his side. In 1987 Marvyn and wife Phyllis began Willow Creek Mini Storage, expanding and managing the business until selling to Bob and Debbie Dickson in 2002. Marvyn was an avid hunter and fisherman from boyhood. He spent 30+ years hunting deer and elk in the western United States, most often with his hunting partners and longtime friends Stan Bellatti and Buck Zumwalt. Marvyn, along with other friends and family members, spent many happy hours out on the ocean salmon and bottom fishing, along with many drifts down the Trinity and other rivers. For years Marvyn and Phyllis would be hauling some kind of RV throughout many areas of the western United States and Canada, with the mountain bikes secured and (often) the drift boat trailing. Many months were spent hiking, biking, fishing and just exploring the high country of Idaho and Montana. Marvyn somehow managed to find ways to do something other than work when he and Phyllis would stay for a month each year at Dick and Joan Miller's ocean front condo in Maui. He also managed a few cruises and houseboat tripsthe trip through the Panama Canal being his favorite. Though Marvyn was often a man of few words, he was an excellent listener and astute judge of character. He had little or no patience with political correctness and was quietly assertive in standing up for what he believed in. Though rarely one for sweet talking his way along he loved his wife and family with fierce intensity, seeking always to let his deeds speak for him. For Marvyn creating a safe and beautiful environment for his wife and familyto somehow lead by example was his main purpose in life. Marvyn is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Phyllis, his beautiful daughters Catherine Sleight and Christine Shongood, his beloved grandchildren, Ryan Bailey, Austin Statz, Elizabeth Davis, and Alex Shongood, his great grandchildren Brody and Reed Bailey, Stevie and Shad Statzand Blaze Leon Davis on the way. He also leaves behind his beloved brother Joe Stockel and several nieces and nephews, many of whom called him their "favorite uncle". We will love and honor him always and seek comfort in knowing that he can finally rest, free from all pain and sorrow, able to reunite with his beloved twin brother Mervyn. The family plans a celebration of life in the summer. A notice will follow when we have set the time and venue. We encourage all family, friends and others who knew Marvyn to feel free to join us in celebrating his life. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from May 16 to May 20, 2018
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