Marvin Glen Conner passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 19, 2018. Marvin had health setbacks in 1993 and again in 2003 with a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. After beating cancer twice, Marvin ultimately succumbed to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
He was born 1936 and was raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Ruth Newsome and Fred R. Conner, his brothers James Conner, David Newsome Conner and his best friend and hunting buddy Dave Gelfer.
Marvin is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 55 years, Mellena Hardee Conner, his daughter, Elizabeth (Pat, Jr.) Pace; his sons, William Marvin (Sheri) Conner and Michael Dean (Andrea) Conner, his grandchildren, Allison Love Pace, Courtney Lee Conner, Cole Michael Conner, Patrick Conner Pace, Austin Lang Conner and Camryn Leah Conner, his nephew Mike (Carolyn) Conner and many nieces and nephews. He also considered his Sea Garden Sales/SGS Industrial Team as his second family where Marvin had the honor of working with his colleagues for over 55 years.
During his youth Marvin, was an avid athlete excelling in football and track and field at Fernandina Beach High School and Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Marvin then served as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. After his military service, he joined his father in-law, William Love Hardee in the marine and industrial supply business. During these professional years, he oversaw Sea Garden Sales Company (SGS Industrial), Bayside Net and Twine, Southern Shipbuilding, and was a partner in Valley Ice and Fuel Company. He was later joined by his two sons in the family business.
Marvin, known for his time, energy and resources, was active in the community. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as both Elder and Deacon. Marvin served on the Board of Directors for Wells Fargo Bank (First National Bank) for 25 years. He served on the National Fisheries Association, Texas Shrimp Association, National Netting Association and had numerous other professional affiliations. He participated in many civic organizations including the Saint Joseph Academy Advisory Board, St. Joseph Academy Athletic Boosters, the Episcopal Day School Board, the Brownsville Jaycees, Brownsville Economic Development Council, Valley Baptist Hospital Board and the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation.
He was always known for his positive attitude and determination to get up and make every day a good one. He loved attending his grandchildren’s games, meets, recitals and performances. He was especially a great fan of St. Joseph Academy football. Marvin was an avid outdoorsman enjoying golf, hunting, fishing and back yard birding. He loved the beaches of Amelia Island, South Padre Island, the ranchlands of South Texas, the Texas Hill Country and the mountains of Colorado. More importantly, he was deeply blessed with many wonderful friends of all ages. He looked forward to his lunch bunches, breakfast clubs and the comradery of many wonderful friends.
The Conner Family wishes to express their deepest thanks to the care given to him throughout the years. The doctors, nurses and staff of the Valley Baptist Health Care System, South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital, Solara Hospital and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The family is eternally grateful for the years of care from Dr. Juan Martinez, Dr. Jorge Romaguera, Dr. Fadi Alfayoumi and the Benchmark Pulmonary Team. The family also wishes to thank Maria Mendoza and Hermangildo Mendez for their years of devotion.
Services for Marvin Conner have been entrusted to the Darling Mouser Funeral Home. A celebration of life will take place at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Brownsville or Saint Joseph Academy.
My deepest and sincerest condolences to the entire Conner family. Mr. Conner was a great man of integrity and will be deeply missed by so many. It was always such a pleasure (especially at St. Joe football games and in the early days Sea Garden Sales) to visit with him. He ALWAYS made it a point to bring up my Dad and talk about their friendship and how much he missed him. It warms my heart to know they can now visit each other in person. Dave Lapeyre
David D. LapeyreSan Benito, Texas, TX
My sincere condolences to all the Conner family. Your husband, father, grandfather has left a loss in Brownsville that cannot be replace. He was an outstanding person and everyone has memories of some special time spent with him. May the good memories sustain you in this time of grief.
Laurie Hodgson HowellSouth Padre Island, TX
I’m so sorry for your loss. He was one of the great ones!
Sean KirkpatrickColleyville, TX
We were deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Our condolences to all of the family. He will be missed.
Luke and Rosie FruiaRancho Viejo, TX
We wish to express our sincerest condolences for your loss. He had a life well lived and touched many lives.
John and Sudie BlackburnBrownsville, TX
I have lost a dear friend. My thoughts, prayers and blessings Mellena go with you and the children. Much love, Babs
Babs ClendeninAustin, TX
My condolences for the Conner Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Marvin was a good man. God Bless him. I am Honored to have worked for him.
Raul GarzaBrownsville, TX
My deepest condolences to the family, Mr. Conner will be forever in our hearts!
Irene CorreaBROWNSVILLE, TX
Dear Dean and the entire Conner Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. Aside from his many professional accomplishments, he raised a wonderful family. I pray that you take comfort in the memories of him and in seeing him within each of you - children and grandchildren. Please receive my deepest condolences.
Steve RogersCharleston, SC
So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Take comfort in knowing he is home now.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of his saints." Psalms 116:15
Coleith MolstadAUSTIN, TX
Our deepest condolences to Mellena, Beth, Bill, Dean and all the extended family. Marvin now lives through and in each one of you. May his amazing soul Rest In Peace.
Our love and prayers of peace for all.
Ana Luisa and Pablo Martinez
Pablo and Ana Luisa MartinezBrownsville, TX
My condolence to the family. I will be praying for your soul and your family. May you rest in peace Sir.
Juan Guadalupe SanzBrownsville, TX
To the family of Mr. Conner, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort and hope bring the family peace as we look forward to the time when no one will say I am sick. Isiah 33:24
Tiffany J.Kansas City, MO
Marvin was a true friend. He always had a smile and an honest " Hello " when you saw him. I will miss seeing him very much.
Irena Carling and Roy ShawRancho Viejo, TX
I know you will miss him.
Pete FullerHARLINGEN, TX
Our deepest condolences to the Family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Sam Snodgrass & Family
SAM SNODGRASSBROWNSVILLE, TX
My deepest condolences for your loss. Sending prayers your way during this difficult time.
Nick LopezGarden Ridge, TX
Dean and Bill, many condolences on the loss of your dad. I wish you both peace and comfort knowing that he is joyous and healthy at the right side of the Lord. Bless you and your families. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
Stacy ReynoldsSan Antonio, TX
My sincere condolences to all of Marv's family. Having been friends with him; playing golf and time at the 19th hole, hunting, lunching, etc. was always a real hoot !!!
Lately, we were together frequently for lunch as "The Olde Golfers" group...living in the past..always a fun time. He will be sorely missed..we all loved him .
Prayers and love, Jack
jack dempseyBrownsville, TX
We lost "Dr. Feelgood". Our deepest sympathies, prayers and thoughts are with you during these most difficult times.
Ron & Linda Humphreys
Ronald HumphreysRancho Viejo, TX
Mellena, I was so sorry to hear of your loss and know you will miss Marvin so much. Know that you and your family will be uplifted in prayer in the days ahead.
Suzanne Hardee Smith-TriceSan Antonio, TX
We send our deepest condolences to the Conner Family.
Gloria and Edward MooreRancho Viejo, TX
We were all so fortunate to know him and to his friend. He set a great example. Best wishes to his entire family.
Bob and Laura RichardsonBrownsville, TX
Tomas CastellaRancho Viejo, TX
My condolences to the entire Conner family. I shall always treasure my many years of friendship with Marvin. May he now rest in peace. Fount
Fount RayBrownsville, TX