Born in Spring Valley, New York, he moved to Tucson with his parents, and graduated from Tucson High School and the University of Arizona. He had a successful career as a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch for over 35 years. Helping people with their financial future was of utmost importance to Marvin and he guided anyone who asked, and those who didn’t!
His greatest passion was his family; there was nothing he loved better than being together for holidays and dinners, especially at Mi Nidito. He also loved a good hot pastrami sandwich on rye. Marvin had a massive knowledge of Tucson history. One could not go anywhere with him where he did not point out who owned which properties and businesses, including members of their families, when the properties were sold, who owns them now, etc. For someone who was not born here, his knowledge could rival most anyone.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jean; children Sharon (Alan Rockowitz) and Steven (Sandra Gallagher), all of Tucson; and eight grandchildren: Adam and Aaron Bukani, Sarah Rockowitz, Jonah (Jessica Keating) Rockowitz, Connor and Kelsey Glassberg, Sedona (Logan) Forbis, and Saiorse Gallagher. Marvin embraced everyone close to the family as if they were his own family. He worried not only about the happiness and success of his grandchildren, but also the happiness and success of their friends. He was proud of all of their accomplishments and was always ready to offer advice and guidance.
Graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rabbi Sara Metz of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Anshei Israel or Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona.