Marvin Warren Rowland was born January 22, 1944, to Emmitt Rowland and Verdna Mae Bryant in Macon, Georgia. He died April 3 at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. He was 76 years old.
Marvin graduated in the class of 1962 from Bessemer City High School in North Carolina. He made his way across the country and spent some time working as a ranch hand on the Lone Rock Ranch in Lone Rock, Oregon, during the Christmas flood of 1964. He settled in Petersburg, Alaska, where he worked as a driller for the road construction company South Coast Forest Products in 1963. He was an active member of the Moose Lodge. Marvin met his bride-to-be, Barbara Adel Talbot, in 1970 and married her in Escondido, California on June 26, 1971.
Marvin moved his family to a small farm just outside of Lebanon, Oregon in 1976 where he worked for Champion International as a green chain puller and then a veneer grader. He enjoyed farming and raising five children, and was always active in school activities: 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Master Mason’s International Rainbow Girls.
In retirement Marvin and Barbara relocated to a small farm in Lakebay. He loved the land and the livestock that kept him busy. He was a member of the Key Peninsula Sportsmen’s Club for nearly 17 years.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Barbara Rowland; his five children, Andrew Rowland, Amy Jo Bailey, Katharine Godshall, Daniel Rowland and Molly Rowland; and siblings Bennie Rowland, Genell Hawkins, Curtis Rowland and Nancy Hampton.