Marlin Marvin Powers

Born: Thu., Jul. 16, 1925
Died: Mon., Sep. 2, 2013

Graveside Service

3:00 PM Fri., Sep. 06, 2013
Location: Pilot Rock Cemetery

Dinner Following Services

Fri., Sep. 06, 2013
Location: Community Presbyterian Church

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Marlin Marvin Powers 
July 16, 1925 – Sept. 2, 2013
On July 16, 1925, in Weatherford, Oklahoma, Marlin Marvin Powers was born to Harriett Odessa (Buttler) & George Alonso Powers.  Marlin was the second-born and only son of six children.  He married Loretta Joyce Rash in April 1953.  During their twenty-year marriage they had eight children.  Marlin worked many years as a farm hand and several years as a pig rancher before moving to Pilot Rock, where he worked many years at Kerns Lumber Mill.  After the divorce, marlin returned to Missouri a short stint, where he drove cab.  He returned to Pendleton to be near his family and took a job at Harris Pine lumber mill, where he worked a few years.  He then worked at the Oregon State Hospital in the laundry department for several years before he decided to do a bit of traveling.  The next place he settled awhile was Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he worked at Little Caesars.  The next place was Basin, Wyoming and the last was El Dorado Springs, Missouri, where he stayed until June 2009, when some of his children (Ernie, Diana, Sonia & husband Pat) went to Missouri to attend his services, and ended up bringing him back to Pendleton to spend four more blessed years with his family before needing to attend those services.  
Marlin was a hard worker, devoted husband & patient father.  He had a sense of humor and liked to laugh.  He enjoyed time with his family; picnics, playing horseshoes, drawing cartoon characters, writing music and playing musical instruments.  He played harmonica, accordion, acoustic guitar and steel guitar.  He was raised a Seventh-day Adventist and was very Christian-hearted and strong in his faith.  
Marlin passed away at his home in Pilot Rock on Monday, September 2, 2013.  He was 88 years old.  He was preceded in death by both his parents and sisters: Ethelyn O’Neal, Betty Lou Stiles, Mildred Sams and Bernice Lusk, his sons Anthony “Tony” Powers and Andrew “Andy” Powers and a grandson, Jeremy Powers.  
He is survived by: his sister Wilma Stiles, his son Ernest “Ernie” Powers, daughters: Sonia Smith, Diana Powers, Tami Davis, Janet McAttee and Kayla Martin, 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.  
Pastor Todd Bensel will conduct a Graveside Service Friday, September 6, 2013, at 3:00 PM in the Pilot Rock Cemetery.  Following the service all are invited to join the family for a potluck dinner at the Community Presbyterian Church, southwest 3rd street in Pilot Rock.  Please sign the online condolence book at  Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.  

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   Posted Thu September 05, 2013

Sammy Roberson
   Posted Thu September 05, 2013
He was a very fun person to be around! God bless you. Rest in peace.

Randy Schuening
   Posted Fri September 06, 2013
Growing up around Marlin and his family, he always treated me as another one of the "family", which meant he'd praise me when I did things right - but also would chew me out and explain when it was wrong. Marlin had very strong opinions and ideas, but whichever side he sat on you always knew and he'd put his full support behind his convictions. No matter what, he always gave the best he had. There was a lot of truth to some of his stories, but he was always willing to "stretch" things a bit to see if you'd bite. I'm sure in his new life he's still being the same old Marlin. He lived up to the old saying, "What you see is what you get." He never (seriously) pretended to be any more than he was. He'll be missed greatly

Shari Hampton
   Posted Fri September 06, 2013
I know I haven't seen you much these last few years, but I have always loved you and you will TRUELY be missed. I love you Uncle!! RIP!!!!

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