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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Marvell Dion Strawn who was born in Denver Colorado on Jan 17, 1973 to the proud parents of Lawrence and Karen (LaRue) Strawn. He is the youngest son of four children,one older brother Andre' and two sisters Tricia and Tasha, Marvell was next to the youngest child. He passed away on August 21, 2004 at the age of 31. Marvell had been living in Vail Colorado for five years before moving to Lake Tahoe where he remained until his death on August 21, 2004. He was killed in a skydiving accident.

Marvell Dion Strawn was born on January 17-1973 at
Colorado General Hospital in Denver Colorado. He attended Holm Elementary School, Mandalay Junior High in Denver and Standley Lake High School in Broomfield Colorado. He received awards certificates for Track and Field at  Mandalay Junior High School; he also played Football and Basketball for the Standley Lake Gators. On March 29th 1985 he was chosen to go to the Frontier Ambassador National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America which was held in Virginia. Marvell was very out going and would try anything that was adventurous he loved heights, rock climbing,skiing, snowmobiling,snowboarding, and of course skydiving. He also was a Disc Jockey in Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas. He was a model for Maximum Talent of Denver Colorado and he was given a spot in the Denver Rocky Mountain News paper in the Spotlight Section on Thursday October 19th 1995. His lost is unbearable.

ACAMPO, Calif. (AP) - A Tahoe-area man died and another was critically injured during a skydiving accident in Lodi last weekend, witnesses said.

The owner of the Lodi Parachute Center said Marvell Strawn crashed into Ben Quinn during the fall after having problems opening his parachute. Rescuers said Strawn was able to open a reserve parachute, but was dead when he landed. Quinn was taken to a Sacramento hospital after the accident on Aug. 21.

"Marvell ran into him, striking him in the lower back, causing severe damage to his pelvis and legs," owner Bill Dause, who owns the Lodi Parachute Center.

Both of the men had experience jumping - enough to qualify for a skydiving proficiency license. Strawn, of Olympic Valley, had made about 35 jumps and Quinn, of Lake Tahoe, about 25 jumps. The accident happened during their third jump of the day.

The instructor who taught both men, Will Guillermo DaSilva, said the crash happened because one of the jumpers forgot to check his blind spot. He said the accident was a result of "poor judgment."

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates parachuting, said these investigations can take weeks, and could not confirm the status of the case.

Strawn, who worked as a bartender at Mama Sake at the Village at Squaw Valley, will be missed by his friends and co-workers.

"He was really outgoing. He was friends with everyone," said Jaison LeRoy, a close friend of Strawn for the last six years.

Strawn loved to snowboard and rock climb, and just recently, he tried skydiving.

"He'd just gotten into skydiving this summer, but he was obsessed with it," said LeRoy, who is organizing a service for Strawn this Sunday at PlumpJacks. A reception will follow the service at Mama Sake.

"He was always in such good spirits," LeRoy said. "He was happy to be alive and to be living in such a beautiful place."

The owner of Mama Sake, Elsa Corrigan, said she is sorry to see such an animated spirit pass.

"He was such a big part of our lives, and not just at work," she said. "He was such a rocket, but yet he had a sort of inner calmness about him. He brought out the best in everybody."

The Strawn Family would like to thank everyone for their contributions and payers in our time of sorrow,special thanks to Carol, Daniela, Jaison, Matt, Jeb, Doug and Elsa Owner Of  Mamasake Sushi Restaurant, Plump Jack Resort and all of Marvell's friends and coworkers for the beautiful Memorial Service held on Sunday August 29th 2004 in Lake Tahoe. There will be a One Year Anniversary to be held in Lake Tahoe on August 21 2005. Place and time will be schedule on the website. Friends please come and join the Family of  Marvell for this special ceremony.

We will remember him forever.



The One Year Memorial was held on August 21-2005 at Mamasake Sushi Restaurant In Lake Tahoe California, friends and family were there to celebrate a wonderful adventurous young man who is miss greatly. The family of Marvell Dion Strawn would like to thank everyone for making this a Bless Memorial.






Tributes and Condolences
A time to Remember   / Pat Graham (Mother of Adrian )
Hi Marvel:Not sure why I decided to visit you today, but here I am.  Maybe it was because I just spend a bit of time with Adrian.  And I know that your mom doesn't have that luxury to do that.  So I am sad for her. I only spent a short...  Continue >>
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His legacy
August 21-2004-One Year Memorial -Marvell Dion Strawn-2005  

Our Lives are like a domino effect we all connect in so many ways, whether it is in passing, friendship, or events that happen in our lives at that moment our lives can change forever whether good or bad. We all have decisions to make in the day that is set before us, and how we set those decisions we will have to take full responsibility for our actions. Life is very short and we don't know if we will make it to the end of the day, so learn to live each moment as if it were your last because it just maybe. As we go through this jounery of life we sometimes say things to our family's friends that we don't mean and when situations happen that's out of our control we don’t get a chance to say I'm sorry, so be very careful what you said to one another because once the words leave our months we can't take them back. I think Marvell through that he was a black Evel Knievel and I guess he was because of all the wonderful and extraordinary things he accomplishes in his short journey of life. We the family could not have made it without all of the prayers. I want to leave you with these words.

A 92-year old petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably done and makeup perfectly applied, even through she is a legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.
"I love it" she stated with enthusiasm of and eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. "Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room just wait.” That doesn't have anything to do with it.” She replied. "Happiness is something you decided on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away just for this time in my life. Age is like a bank account: you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So my advice to everyone that reads Marvell's Memorial would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. I truly want to thank all of you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I'm still depositing"

Remember: Free your heart from hatred, Free your mind from worries, Live simply, Give more expect less, have no regrets. And whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, and whatever things are of good report: If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Love You Your Mother Karen LaRue Strawn 


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