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Marvin Musick, ’66, 1948-2016


Marvin Musick, loved partner, father, and grandad passed unexpectedly May 2, 2016 of a brain aneurysm. He passed at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center in the company of his family. He was 67. 


Marvin was born in Los Angeles County, California on June 20, 1948 and grew up in Fullerton, California. As a young man he moved to Humboldt, California to attend Humboldt State University. There he received his B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in literature and in 1986 an M.A.T.W. (Masters of Arts in Teaching Writing). 


Marvin remained a resident of Humboldt, California for over 40 years up until his passing. Marvin had a wide spectrum of interests. In 1979 he spent 6 months traveling England, Scotland and Wales studying and gathering folksongs and folklore. His love of music guided him to be a guitar and harmonica player as well as a songwriter. He was a music, literature and film scholar who enjoyed research and had a varied knowledge base which he enjoyed sharing with family and friends. His favorite interests were: music, literature, film, history, science, archeology, astronomy, cooking, politics, folklore and the history of Tulle Lake. 


Marvin had a variety of jobs which included working in the Arcata and Minor Theatres, the Jambalaya, driving a school bus, vocational counselor for Quest Vocational Vocational Services, advertising and graphic artist for various agencies incuding Redwood Acres Fairground and Senior News. Marvin was Training Coordinator for the Census Bureau and Director of the Humboldt County Chapter of Red Cross Disaster Services. 


His writing career consisted of founding Wordsworth Writing Consultancy, teaching writing at HSU, writing fiction, training manuals and and music reviews. 


Marvin had an unconditional love towards his family and the people in his life. He was a kind, wise man who listened well and used his wisdom to guide those he loved through life with a gentle hand. He was thoughtful, loyal, articulate, steadfast, patient and nurturing. 


Marvin is survived by his partner Varda Greenberg, daughters Katie Musick and Emily Herron, future son in law Chris Campione, son in law Jeremiah Herron and his beloved grandchildren Matthias Herron and Shauna Herron. He is also survived by his former wife Deborah Musick, his sisters Sherrie Herrera and Juie Barkley and his brother Carl Musick. He is predeceased by his parents Carl and Imogene (Billie) Musick and his grandad and namesake, Marvin Cross of Tulle Lake, California. 


Family and friends are invited to a memorial service "Celebration of Life" for Marvin on Sunday July 31st at the Jambalaya from 2:00 to 5:00pm. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com


Published in Eureka Times-Standard from July 29 to July 31, 2016


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