Aug. 30, 1918 – June 10, 2012
Marvin Forest Wright, 93, of Lovell died on June 10, 2012. Marvin was born on Aug. 30, 1918, in Mancos, Colo., to Kay Wright (father) and Nettie Ray Buckworth (mother). He grew up and attended school in Colorado. He later moved to Wyoming and joined the Navy National Guard for two years. After his two years in the Navy National Guard he decided to join the United States Marine Corps in 1943 and was shipped overseas to serve in World War II in Japan in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1944.
In 1945 he was honorably discharged from the USMC and was presented with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery and acts of merit. After his discharge from the USMC in 1945 he moved to Casper where he met his wife, Ellen Louise Judy. They married June 27, 1947, and began their family. Their first daughter, Judith, was born February 1948. After the birth of their first daughter they moved to Watsonville, Calif. and had their second daughter, June, who was born in February 1949.
The family moved back to Wyoming where Marvin had enlisted in the United States Air Force in the latter part of 1949. After his enlistment he was stationed in London in the 1950s. In January of 1952 their third daughter, Joy was born. Marvin stayed in the United States Air Force for 20 years and later retired in Macon, Ga., with an honorable discharge.
After his retirement Marvin and his family traveled between Florida and Wyoming a lot. Marvin enjoyed all the good simple things in life. He enjoyed spending quality time with his wife and their dogs. He loved gardening, boating, fishing and woodworking. He was an amazing craftsman and would always be making something out of nothing. He was loved by all who were blessed to know him, and his smile would always light up the darkest of rooms. He was his family’s hero and was a man of honor and valor. He will be greatly missed and loved by many.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, and his daughter Joy Lynn Johns. He is survived by his children Judy Butcher of Glenrock, June Wright of Lovell, Marvin B. Wright of Chino Valley, Ariz., and Jim Wright of California; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be held at Haskell Funeral Home on Friday June 22, at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the National Alzheimer’s Association.