1926 - January 4, 2008
Marvin C. Laman died Jan. 4, 2008, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs following a lengthy illness. He was 81.
Marvin Charles Laman was born June 21, 1926, in Coppertown, later named Copper Spur, the youngest of 12 children of Emil Lenwood and Pearl Alice (Orr) Laman. Marvin was raised in Coppertown and in and near McCoy. He attended the upper Yarmony, Copper Spur and McCoy schools.
He married Iva Decker on Nov. 8, 1947, in Yampa in the parsonage of the Congregational Church. Marvin and Iva became the parents of six children and spent their entire married life in the McCoy area. Marvin worked for the railroad for 31 years, retiring in 1986 as a maintenance foreman. He also ranched his entire life.
Marvin enjoyed his cattle, going to and participating in rodeos, was an avid baseball fan, and loved watching TV. He and Iva had the first TV in the McCoy area. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Ways Employees, an organization connected with the railroad.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Iva Caroline Laman of McCoy; children, JR (Marvin Jr.) and wife Vicki of McCoy, Judy and her husband Bill Kresl of Grand Junction, Jac Laman of Gypsum, Jeanne and her husband Dick Jensen of Richfield, Utah, Cindy Laman of Rock Springs, Wyo., Katy and her husband Zane Louthan of Phippsburg; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Pearl; and all of his siblings, Beulah, Alice, Annie, Joseph, Robert, William, Fred, Hilda, Louis, Louise and Mabel.
Funeral services were held Jan. 9, 2007, at the McCoy School with Gary Munger officiating. Prelude and postlude music was by Gene Sanders. Special songs were "I Don't Hurt Anymore" and "The Man" performed by Marvin's daughter Katy and grandsons Tucker and Tack. "The Dance" was sung by granddaughter Jacque, and the congregation sang "Back in the Saddle Again." Pallbearers were Matt and Grant Laman, Jay, Jim and Jerry Farris and Ty Louthan. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Laman, Melanie Merry, Amanda Halder, Bobby Kresl, Jacque Laman, Lynn Laman, Lacy Sharp, Jana Farris, Tucker and Tack Louthan.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bond-McCoy Scholarship Fund in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.