Age 82, of DeWitt, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Marv was born on February 9, 1938, in Trumann, Arkansas, to Dora and Ira Goad, who preceded him in death.
Marv was a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS degree in Biology and master’s degrees in Entomology, School Administration, and Science teaching. He taught in the Jackson Public School for 34 years serving as science coordinator for elementary education for 17 years and as principal at six different elementary schools in Jackson for 17 years. Marv also taught science on Michigan Classroom Television at Michigan State University for 9 years concurrently while serving as science coordinator in Jackson.
Marv’s hobbies included hunting and fishing and taxidermy. He actively pursued taxidermy for 67 years, starting at age 16. He thoroughly enjoyed the creativity of taxidermy and the satisfaction of his customers at seeing their completed trophy animal or bird mounts. Marv also enjoyed traveling especially on hunting trips in the U.S. and other continents. Marv and his wife were avid MSU Basketball fans, both men’s and women’s basketball, and held season tickets for Men’s Basketball since 1980 and for Women’s Basketball for a number of years.
Marv will be remembered for his generosity, for his sense of humor and ability to remember and tell jokes, for his frankness, and for his love for his family. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Doris of 56 years, his children, Jeffrey and Matthew, and the loves of his life, granddaughters Hannah and Shelby. He is also survived by sisters Dorothy (Doug) Richey and Marlene (Wayne) Denison, sister-in-law Carole Goad, former daughter-in-law Sarah, and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Bill and his beloved nephew Dan Richey.
The family wishes to thank the outstanding cardiology team at the University of Michigan, especially Dr. Ferrahi and Dr. Pagani, for their care and compassion over the past several years.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Redeemer United Methodist Church, 13980 Schavey Rd., DeWitt, MI 48820. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ducks Unlimited, the National Audubon Society, or to MSU Women’s Basketball c/o the Spartan Fund, 1855 Place, 550 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823.