Hobart Albert Marvin, known by his family and many friends as, Hobie, of Jacksonville, Ore., passed peacefully on Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Hobart was born in Detroit, Mich., the son of Joseph Gwynne Marvin and Marie Elodie Manfroid. While a young child, his family moved to the Marvin family ranch in Morgan Hill, Calif., and then to settle in Los Altos, Calif., where he attended Los Altos Grammar School and Mountain View Union High School.
Hobart was an outstanding three sport athlete, and excelled in football, basketball, and track and field (pole vault). He attended San Mateo Junior College and was a starting quarterback there and later transferred to the University of Oregon, Eugene (1949-1950), where he competed in football and track and belonged to the ATO Fraternity, until he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
Hobart served as a sergeant in Korea from 1951-1952. Post-War, he attended San Jose State University from 1953-1956, as a business major and two year letterman in varsity football. There he met his future wife, Nanette Elsinger.
Hobart developed a strong work ethic from his early days in Morgan Hill, working in the orchards of Los Altos, and his time in the U.S. Forest Service in El Dorado County from 1948-1949. He went on to become a builder and developer in Santa Clara Valley, North San Diego County, and the Truckee River area near Lake Tahoe.
Hobart retired to southern Oregon in 1991, and built his dream home, Hidden Lake Ranch, in the Applegate Valley. His generous and loving spirit continues to touch all who knew him. Hobie was known for his gentle ways with people and animals alike. He adopted many orphaned dogs over the years and was a supporter of the local Humane Society, in Medford, Ore.
Hobart exemplified many of the timeless values that are essential to an ethical and well rounded life, among them were: honesty, integrity, promise keeping, loyalty, fairness, caring and respect for others, and accountability. He believed in living each day to the fullest in the company of his family and countless friends.
Hobart is survived by his wife, Nanette Marvin, of Ruch, Ore.; his daughters, Kimberlee Marvin Olson, of Ashland, Ore., and Julie Marvin Burgraff, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his brother, Joseph G. Marvin, of Aptos, Calif.; sister, Paula Whetstone, of Saratoga, Calif.; granddaughters, Kristina Pillardo and Katie Shields, of Eagle Point, Ore.; along with three great-grandchildren, Coleby Pillardo, Isabelle Pillardo, and Kali Shields.
A memorial celebration of Hobart's life will take place in the spring of 2011.