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Marvyn Arthur Wald

August 27, 1936 ~ June 4, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Marvyn “Marv” Arthur Wald, beloved Father, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa, passed quietly in his sleep on the evening of June 4, 2023 in San Diego, California. Born August 27, 1936, in Stanley, Wisconsin, Marv was the youngest of thirteen children and got up to more than his share of trouble as a youth! Upon reaching adulthood, he joined the Navy and shipped out to basic training Great Lakes, Illinois. Little did he know that he’d end up spending 20 years in the Navy, retiring as a Master Chief. Loathe to leave his family on long cruises, he instead opted to take postings in far off locations including, Bangkok, Thailand and Midway Island. Following his very successful military career, Marv went back to work for the Navy as a civilian contractor and efficiency expert. Upon his retirement he found himself with plenty of free time to explore his various interests. He always loved to travel and he began to roam the country on extended road trips in his motor home, often gone four to six weeks at a time! During these long journeys he always took plenty of time to pursue his passion for fishing, mostly picking campsites in close proximity to a lake or pond where he could wet a line and relax. He was also a rabid sports fan. Growing up as a Packers fan, he never lost his passion for his home team. Later in life, after settling in San Diego full time, he became a fanatical Chargers fan, holding season tickets for 40 years until the team was stolen from San Diego. He was also a huge Padres fan, often taking his daughter and grandkids to root on their favorite team. And while there were more lean years than successful seasons for the Pads, he never lost his passion for the game. He is survived by his son Greg Wald, daughter Diane Anderson, grandson Russell Anderson, granddaughter Mindee Anderson and his two great granddaughters, Chloee Anderson-Tudor and Brooke Anderson-Tudor. A Celebration of Marv’s life will be held on Sunday, July 30, at the La Moree Estates Clubhouse, 1175, La Moree Rd in San Marcos, California. The festivities will begin at noon. As a nod to Marv’s love of sports, the family asks that attendees wear t-shirts/jerseys from their favorite team. In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to the USS Midway Museum at He will have a private burial on July 31st , for family only, at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego


For my Grandpa who Helped Shape Me…. Who drives like a maniac in his Nissan 240 SX Loves Magic Mountain, and jumps fearlessly onto any and all roller coasters But gets sick on the Tilta Whirl Helped me and my sister launch a raft into Mission Bay Takes me to Charger and Padre games Yet screams louder than me Has seen more places than I may ever see A Chief Petty Officer in the Navy he’s seen Thailand And tiny Midway Island Works as a civilian now and travels to Tennessee, Hawaii and itty bitty Guam Who grew up in Wisconsin with twelve older brothers and sisters Who fished with cane poles and ate raw peas Now takes us camping in out of way spots Ramona, Valley Center, and Campo where its very hot Who isn’t the best cook and uses way to much pepper and cooks Cheeseburger Macaroni in the microwave Why I’ll never know Who urges my sister and I to try new things That’s my Grandpa who helped shape me.

( Written by Russ Anderson in middle school and given to Grandpa as a gift

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