Marvin Earl Moomau Jr (76) of Tucson AZ passed away on January 2nd, 2024, after valiantly fighting for several months.
Marvin, fondly known as Moose, was born to Marvin Sr (Buster) and Idabel Moomau on January 23, 1947, in Wichita, KS. He was a talented athlete whose drive to be better than himself was demonstrated when he earned letters in Basketball, Football, Baseball, Track/Field, and Academics. This determination led him to join the Air Force right after high school to serve during the Vietnam conflict as a driver and mail courier. After retiring as a Tech Seargent. He was, in both his military and civilian career, a meteorological repair technician with Air Force (20 yrs.), Raytheon (10 yrs.), and British Aerospace (13 yrs.) as an electronics instructor and electronics repair/calibration. He was stationed abroad in France and Germany; and after finding and marrying the love of his life, Judy Railton, they moved to Okinawa and then stateside to North Carolina, Colorado, and Texas. After retirement, they moved to Arizona in 2001.
Growing up in Kansas, he joined sports at a youthful age and excelled in basketball and ran track in high school. Sports continues to be a presence, playing softball in his adult life starting in the military and continuing through into his civilian life playing with various adult leagues. Eventually coaching baseball and soccer for his children and umpiring baseball and softball games he was not coaching in, showed his love of baseball throughout his life. His greatest thrill came from watching his grandchildren play the sport he loved with the same enthusiasm, achieving levels he only dreamed of.
Being the multidimensional person he was, riding motorcycles and a servant heart crossed roads when he became part of his enthusiast club, Full Throttle. He showed his big heart by volunteering at Jesus’ Helping Hands and Feet, nursing homes, food banks, prayer rides, and toy runs. He also enjoyed quiet time spent with his family, playing board games, and telling tales of his upbringing and memories of young family life.
He was a dedicated family man who was invested greatly in his wife Judy and children, Sonja, Shawna, and Scott. While still enlisted, ensured the impact of military life was softened by being a leader worth following and coaching his children’s teams to go on cross-country trips to introduce and keep connection with family strewn across the US. His grandchildren Alex, Jacob, Mat, Jericka, Marky, and Easton; his great-grandchildren Alexander, Gabriel, Everett, and Koda have a notable example and someone to look up to.
A Celebration of Life will be held later and details will be forthcoming.