Marvin E. Eppes, an Alaskan resident for 58 years, died June 11, 2010, at age 83 in Apache Junction, Ariz.
A memorial service is being planned for the middle of September in Mount Vernon, Wash. Pastor Dixie Nash, his daughter will officiate.
Mr. Eppes was born Sept. 23,1926 at Westfork, Ark., to David and Una Eppes. Later the family moved to Roseburg, Ore.
He met his future wife, Geraldine Taylor, at Roseburg High School. During his senior year he joined the U.S. Army.
After training he served as a personal body guard for General Collins in Salzburg, Austria, during the army of occupation. He was discharged Nov. 6, 1946.
He married Geraldine Taylor on Dec. 26, 1946. Marvin attended Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho for three years. In 1951 a college buddy, Lee Hopkins, encouraged Marvin and the family to move to Seward to help start a church there (Church of the Nazarene).
He worked for the Alaska Railroad and Seward General Hospital.
In 1956 he started commercial fishing on a set net-site in Cook Inlet. Four years later the family homesteaded near Salamatof Lake in North Kenai. The family built a log cabin and cleared their land.
Mr. Epps continued to commercial fish at his Cohoe and Salamantof beach fish sites until 2005.
He also filmed seven documentary films of Alaska to show at schools in Washington State. The school children called him "Mr. Alaska".
The family lived at Oak Harbor, Wash., during that time.
When the children married he and his sweetheart Gerry were "snowbirds" at Apache Junction, Arizona. They had been married 64 years as of 2010.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Geraldine, of Kenai; daughters, D'Ann Louise Waggoner (Carl) of Kenai, Darlene Lucille Brasch (John) of Nampa, Idaho, Dixie Lee Nash (Jim) of Camano Island, Wash.; son, David Edward Eppes (Colette) of Boise, Idaho; sister, Lilly Walker of Eugene, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family requests any donations be given to a Hospice of your choice.
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