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July 31, 2015

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Former longtime Assemblyman John Marvel dies

CARSON CITY — John W. Marvel, a stalwart in the Nevada Assembly for 30 years and on other government boards, has died at the age of 86.

A cattle rancher from Battle Mountain, he was a member of the Assembly from 1978 to 2008, was minority floor leader in 1993 and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee that help shape the state budget.

His son John said his father wanted to be cremated and his ashes spread over the ranch he formerly owned in Lander County.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said, “John Marvel was a friend and mentor to me when I served with him in the Legislature. A son of Battle Mountain, John was a fierce advocate for rural issues and a leader in the Legislature. Nevada is stronger because of John’s service and I extend my condolences to John’s wife, Willie, and his children.”

During his career in public service, Marvel served on the Lander County Commission, as a member of the Advisory Public Lands Review Committee, as chairman of the Nevada Tax Commission and as a member of the state Ethics Commission.

He was born in Battle Mountain on Sept. 11, 1926, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

For about the last 20 years, he and his wife, Wilburta “Willie,” have lived in Carson City. Survivors include his children, Sharon, John and Michelle, a brother, Tom, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service is pending.

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