Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Grandpa's Celebration of Life

Nearly the entire Mardock clan is in Portland / Salem to celebrate and mourn the passing of the Mardock patriarch (Marvin Mardock).

Relatives flew up, and over 100 friends and family attended the memorial. Dad gave a brilliant 20 minute tribute titled "My Pop." Uncle Mike, Aunt Gail and Jennifer added wonderful and touching stories from their childhood. Much more to add in a future blog post about my grandpa, a true world changer. I miss him, I'm sad that there are so many stories I haven't heard, but I'm blessed to be one of the "older" grand kids who has three decades of memories.

"Husband for 62 years, father of 3, grandpa and great grandpa of 40, pastor, evangelical leader, world traveler, PhD, professor, NAIA track coach of the year in 1980 at Azusa Pacific College, cancer survivor, author, poet, humorist, professional musician, gardener of giant pumpkins... Given the gift of life and maximized it to its fullest. A world changer."

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