Marvin Edward Lea
1942 - 2019
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March 4, 1942 ˜ July 18, 2019

Marvin Edward Lea, 77, of Vancouver, Washington, lost his hard-fought battle to cancer on July 18, 2019. He was in the comfort of his own home surrounded by family.
Marvin was born in Manning, Arkansas, and was the youngest of 11 children.
He worked in the drywall industry for over 60 years opening his first drywall contracting business at the age of 19. Marvin went on to open many successful contracting companies, partnerships, and corporations. He was a very knowledgeable and noble business man who was well known in the community for his integrity, craftmanship, and service. Marvin gained the trust and respect of his vendors, customers, and employees. He shared his strong work ethic with his children and trained many of them to be successful in the construction trade.
Marvin was passionate about family and loved large family gatherings. He led an active lifestyle, from coaching baseball in his earlier years to attending his grandchildren’s sporting events later in life. Marvin was a great role model, mentor, and decision maker, who took pride in teaching his children and grandchildren the importance of family, financial stability, and respect. He genuinely wanted what was best for those that he loved. Marvin is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karen; daughters, Cyndie (Ray), Sandra (Kenny), Sharon (Dave), and Dawn (Candy); sons, Gary, Joe, Wayne (Pam) and Tracy (Jennifer); brother, James Lea; grandchildren, Travis, Sheena, Cory, Christie, Candice, Breanna, Brandin, Stephanie, Kayli, Tyler, Riksta, Nicole, Kenny, Josh, Payton, Miranda, Emma, Chyane, McKenna and Jacob; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Marvin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to everyone.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Mina Lea; and son, Chris.
A very special thank you to the staff at Legacy Hospital for their care and compassion during our many visits, and to Hospice in Vancouver for their loving care and support during his final days. The family would also like to extend their gratitude to Evergreen Memorial Gardens for being so accommodating and understanding during this difficult time.
A viewing will be held Friday, July 26, 5-9p.m., with funeral services and burial at 12:30p.m. on Saturday, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Following the services, a reception will be held until 7:30p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 11605 SE McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98683.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marvin’s name to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 555, Washington, DC 55555.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 24, 2019.
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July 18, 2020
Dad its been one year ago today that you passed away but it seems just like yesterday !
I miss you soo much!!
I love you!
Cyndie Sapp
July 30, 2019
O, I will miss you Marvin, and I most definitely will never forget you I feel so bad that I was not able to come see you in your last days. I will remember you as I always will as a very close friend and father figure forever. I hope your family is well and I will stop in soon to check on your wife and children. I can't believe you are not with us anymore. I love you and you're family very much and I pray that they are all well as you rest.
David Maruca
July 27, 2019
You are a great role model and loving grandfather. You will be missed. Love always
Candice Campbell
July 26, 2019
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Breanna Keesee
July 26, 2019
Marvin it was a privilege to know you ,you will be missed . Rest in peace. Much love to you and your family.
Kenda Keesee
July 25, 2019
Your soulmate forever you will always be in my heart until we meet again

Love, Karen your wife
Karen Lea
July 25, 2019
your soul mate forever love you so very much rest in peace
Karen Lea
July 25, 2019
I want you to know what an impact you had on my life. I'm so thankful i had the opportunity to be a part of your life and your families lives! You will always be a strong presence in our lives!
You'll be forever missed, glad you are now out of pain and at peace!

Candy Dickerson
July 25, 2019
Marvin will be missed. I always enjoyed his company and humor.
Kurt Proffitt
July 24, 2019
I miss you so much! You were my rock as well as too many others!
I know you are at peace now and will be watching over all of us.
You will forever be in my heart.
I love you!
Your oldest daughter,
Cyndie Sapp
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