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Marvin Ellsworth Tatchio

November 27, 1925 - May 25, 2018


Marvin Ellsworth Tatchio passed away on May 25, 2018, in Dallas, Oregon, after a brief illness. A memorial service and celebration of Marvin’s life is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, at 12 noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 4550 Lone Oak Rd SE, Salem, Oregon.  For more information about viewing or the graveside service at Salt Creek Cemetery, please contact Virgil T. Golden Funeral services in Salem, Oregon.   Marvin was born November 27, 1925, in Wolsey, South Dakota.  He lived with his parents and four brothers on the family farm until 1943, when the whole family relocated to Salem, Oregon.  Marvin joined the Navy during World War II, where he served in the Pacific on the USS Henry T. Allen.  Upon his return stateside, he married Betty Mae Rosneau, his wife of 66 years, and joined the maintenance staff at Boise Cascade paper mill until his retirement in 1982.   Marvin was always an active man who had many interests and approached life with great enthusiasm.  Among his great passions were fishing, gardening, bird watching, stock trading, and relocating pesky squirrels off of his property to various Salem parks.  Marvin also had a true love of horseshoe pitching.  He first started playing with his brothers as a young boy, and went on to compete in horseshoe tournaments all over Oregon and the United States.  Marvin was the 1999 Oregon Horseshoe Pitching association Class A 30 Foot Division champion, and at one point had the sixth best “ringer” percentage of entries at the world championships.  For many years, Marvin was an almost daily fixture at Bush’s Pasture Park, where he tended to the horseshoe pits and encouraged younger people to take up his favorite sport.   Marvin was also a dedicated and beloved member of the Mormon Church, where he served as a greeter, librarian, teacher, and general good spirit for his fellow ward members.  He is survived by the following: his wife, Betty Tatchio; son Jeff Tatchio, and daughter-in-law Leslie; daughter Valerie Allyn, and son-in-law Richard; grandchildren Ryan Shurtleff, Vanessa Allyn, Kerry Allyn, Jared Tatchio, Alisha Tatchio, and Mariah Tatchio; great-grandchild Brandon Allyn; and brother Vernon Tatchio and sister-in-law Mariel.   Marvin’s family would like to give special thanks to Ilonka Barr (Senior Helper), Willamette Valley Hospice, and the Dallas Retirement Village for their dedicated care in Marvin’s last days, as well as the many people in the community who have loved and supported him during the past several years.   In lieu of flowers or contributions, Marvin’s family asks that you set some time aside to go fishing, bird watching, or study up on your investments.  You could chase a squirrel, plant some corn, or dust off some old horseshoes and visit a park.  If you do any of these things, you’ll be paying the best kind of respect we could possibly hope for—and Marvin will be smiling down upon us all. 

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Dear Val, Rich and family,  

 ....John saved a tangled squirrel this past brutal winter here in Calgary, his tail (the squirrels not John’s] was a little shorter after the ordeal,  but he went very happily on his way, and was back the next day to dine again,   we are sure Marv would have loved this story!   ....And of course there there will be fishing this summer, and since John usually brings his dad, Maybe Marv, Bob and Stan can sit together on the bow and share stories, that would certainly be a great fishing day!

     It is never easy to lose a loved one, but Marv is still very much with you,.... you just have to remember fun stories and he will again, be right there with you!   You have been in our thoughts and prayers these past few weeks.    Hugs to all, Love Lou and John and our whole furry crew! 



Marvin was a wonderful grandpa and will be sorely missed.  I know I will keep my fond memories close, and will be sure to chase a squirrel, east some corn on the cob, and watch and listen to some birds in his memory—smiling all the while.  Love your grandpa! 



My condolences to your family. Mike and  Virginia Ogden