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Marvin Lee Sanborn
August 15, 1932 ~ December 11, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Marvin Lee Sanborn was born August 15, 1932 in Brownsville, Texas. He left this world Monday evening, December 11, 2023, at the age of 91, in Kerrville, Texas, his home for over 65 years.
Marvin grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, one of four boys, keeping their parents busy. He later graduated Texas A&I, now known as Texas A&M Kingsville. Immediately upon graduation he was
drafted into the Army during the Korean War, although he never saw combat. Here his humor, shenanigans, and “cooking skills” kept his mates smiling and better fed than many.
Later, living in Houston, a friend gave him the number of another friend, Sammie. Soon he called, and playfully acted as though he had a wrong number. This was the beginning of a life-long love story, where humor and laughter were essential elements of their 63-year marriage. Sammie always said she married him because he made her laugh. His friends and family knew him for his smart-ass comments, a joking wink, and his one-liners, which he was still delivering until the end.
He worked for Nabisco for over 35 years, as a “cookie peddler” traveling the Texas Hill Country. After retirement, he volunteered for over 10 years at Habitat for Humanity, building homes while also building long-lasting friendships. He always said he benefited more out of his time there than those who were getting the homes. He joined a woodworking group, and enjoyed piddling in his shop – making bowls, cutting boards, toys for the grandkids, and many other objects. He also took up golf, again meeting new friends wherever he went. He had a penchant for red socks, and wore them every Saturday night. He would have a glass of wine each evening (sometimes two, but who’s counting?) With glass in hand, he spent many hours with Sammie and the family on the back porch enjoying the wildlife and view of the Guadalupe. He was devoted to the many birds that knew where to find food, water and safety, all the while battling those wily squirrels with his homemade obstacles and blockades. He won some and lost many, but always kept himself entertained.
Marvin believed the reason we are on this earth was to help each other. He was always ready to lend a hand to assist a neighbor, friend or family member. He also taught many a child how to water ski and how to drive a riding lawnmower (not cutting of course) on their property. He enjoyed hosting the annual backyard weekend parties with his children’s friends and their families. Marvin left this world with a still-enviable full head of hair, passing peacefully in his sleep.
He is survived by his son, Bradley Sanborn, daughter, Joleen Sanborn and her husband, Alex Thurlow, and his grandchildren, Katarina Sanborn and Blake Sanborn. Preceded in death are his parents Rosalee Rinchen Sanborn and Royal Jeff Sanborn, and brothers Jeff (RJ) Sanborn, Stanley Sanborn, and Lloyd Sanborn.
No memorial service is immediately planned. You may celebrate Marvin’s life by donating to Habitat for Humanity or the Hill Country Youth Ranch.