OBITUARY: Marvin Clyde Mabe

Marvin Clyde Mabe

8/19/34 – 3/23/24

A loving husband, father, and grandfather passed on March 23rd surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Strawfork, just outside of Fossil, Marvin grew up near the painted hills with his parents Harold Random & Ruby Carrie Olson Mabe, as well as his siblings Harold Dean, Rodrick, William, Shirley, Ruby Lee, and Mildred. Soon the family moved to Fossil so the kids could go to school. After finishing school he delivered fuel for Art Robinson and worked at Wright’s Chevrolet until he retired. Marvin was a wonderful man who led with kindness and quickly became a staple in his beloved Fossil, Oregon.

Marvin saw a beautiful woman one day working in one of the local restaurants, he knew he needed to snag her before anyone else. He and Helen married and had five children: Chuck, Pam, Ray, Bev, and Nora. He was a wonderful dad who spent a lot of time with his kids creating special memories. Whether it was taking them for rides on their horse Tom, playing in the snow, or just going to get firewood.

Years later he met his second wife, Marilyn, and the two spent 30-plus years together. The two shared times on the golf course, at the coast, and traveling. Marvin dedicated many years to the Wheeler County Fair Board and loved being a part of his community. In his retirement you could find him sharpening knives for his neighbors, walking his dog, or flirting with the girls.

For his grandkids, Marvin was at times a silent strength and someone who showed us all how to love unconditionally. Regardless of who from the family showed up at his door, we were greeted with the biggest smile and hug, later in life he would wait at his door almost jumping with excitement that you had come to see him. He was someone who would take the time to get to know you and your likes, once he figured them out he would be sure to have those “cashews” on hand. The smell of chewing tobacco and Coca-Cola will forever bring him back to us. His kindness, big heart, and a laugh that could be heard around the world were passed on to many of us, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Marvin was preceded in death by his father and mother (Harold and Ruby), his siblings (Harold, Rod, Bill, Shirley, and Ruby Lee), and his daughter (Nora Jo Garcia).

He is survived by his wife Marilyn, children: Chuck (Nancy), Pam (Wayne), Ray (Sue), Bev (Gill), and many Grandchildren and Great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fossil Mealsite, Fossil Methodist Church, or Haven House. Sweeney Mortuary is in care of arrangements. You may sign the online condolence book at

Plans are being made for a celebration of life on May 11, 2024.


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