Marvin Edward Barlow Jr., our beloved brother, uncle, great-uncle, friend and father figure to many, left us on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, in Redding, Calif.
Marvin, known as “Beeb” to family and friends, was born March 21, 1954, to Marvin Barlow Sr. and Savina D. (Antoniolli) Barlow and spent his life on the family ranch in Orick.
Ignoring his paraplegia caused by an accident as a small boy, Beeb was a well known and accomplished rancher and dairyman. While milking cows Beeb regularly received clean milk certificates from Rumiano Cheese. Boy, if you were working in the dairy barn with Beeb and he found one speck of dirt in the milk filter you were in for a royal chewing out!
In addition to the day-to day ranch work-day, he restored older farm vehicles and equipment such as his favored 1953 Golden Jubilee Ford tractor, a small town doctor’s surrey type buggy and a number of other antique tractors including a small Oliver bulldozer. There was always a project in the shop being restored and family and friends loved just dropping by to visit while he worked. Beeb was also a talented artist who drew entertaining drawings, did leatherwork and was an exceptional wood carver who knew the value of sharp tools. He was an accomplished welder and fabricator.
Beeb attended Orick Elementary School and graduated from McKinleyville High School where he was greatly influenced by his Agriculture teacher, Mr. Jim Polly.
Beeb was one-of-a-kind and known to be one of the toughest son-of-a-‘guns’ around, but he carefully concealed the kindest heart you would ever know. Beeb talked real gruff, sometimes just to scare someone into listening. Beeb was a mentor to many. He liked to teach the young ones to use a pocket knife and about horses and guns. Uncle Beeb was always proud of their accomplishments. He liked to make people laugh. A special treat was to receive a gift he handcrafted for you. Beeb received many awards in his lifetime and being named Humboldt County Cattleman of the year at the Ingomar Club in 1990 was one of his proudest.
Beeb fought a very hard battle for the past eight months with dignity and always with great courage. He will always be loved and always and forever missed. We wonder how we will continue without him, but just remember how he led his life and it gets just a little easier not to feel sorry for ourselves. Remember him in his younger years, before the pain got so hard to control.
Remember the laughter and teasing, the barbecues, and back yard picnics. Everyone that met Beeb has a story (at least one!) to tell because if you met him once you would never forget him. John Wayne was his hero.
The Barlow family sincerely thanks the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital who cared for Beeb in the first months of his illness, with special appreciation to doctors Fratkin and Pardoe.
Beeb leaves behind his much loved dog, Luther. Brothers and sisters-in-law Ronald and Regina Barlow of Orick, William and Becky Barlow of Crescent City, Milton Barlow of Willits. Nieces and nephews Heather and Chris LeRoy of McKinleyville, Stephanie Barlow of Florida, Robert Barlow of Irvine, Dale Barlow (Michaela) of Willits, Darren Barlow of Portland, Ore., Darrel Barlow of Reno, Nev., great nieces and nephews: Denys Vogt, Mitchell Wagner, and Jake LeRoy of McKinleyville, McKenzie Barlow and Devin Barlow of Willits and aunt Elsie Polarsi of Arcata. Also “uncle” to Sherry Bates and daughter Morgan and Dillon, Tanya Defehr and sons Cameron and Justin Cooper (USMC, deployed), and his wife Jesse Cooper. He also leaves extended family Ticki Romanini, Bear Guffie, Ronnie Vaughn, Riley Childress and special friends Linda in Tennessee, John O’Connell, Pete Taggart, Larry and Cheri Zuber and so many more.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother Sonny Barlow, uncles Bill and Johnny Antoniolli, and Les Barlow. Beeb’s beloved dog CB also preceded him in late January.
Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life at the Orick Community Hall on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 3 p.m. The family asks that you bring a side dish or dessert, and invites you to write a special reminiscence that will be collected into a special book. A private memorial service will be held at the family ranch at a future date.
The family respectfully requests that expressions of sympathy be made in memory of Marvin Barlow Jr. to: St. Jude Tribute Program – Account Number 30294467, PO Box 1000, Dept. 42, Memphis, TN 38148.
— Submitted by Family