OBITUARY

Marvin John Dvoracek

July 16, 1932October 13, 2021

Marvin John Dvoracek, Colonel, USAR, (Retired) Professor Emeritus, Texas Tech University

Marvin John Dvoracek, born July 16, 1932 on a farm east of West, TX to John and Carrie Dvoracek, passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2021 in Bryan, TX. Marvin grew up on a farm between West, Penelope, and Abbott, TX. He graduated from Abbot High School at the age of 15 and attended Hillsboro Junior College where he received his Associate’s Degree. Once he turned 17, he enrolled at Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy in 1953. At that time, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, serving 2 years on active duty at Ft. Bliss, TX and then transitioned to the Army Reserves.

He returned to Texas A&M and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1957. During this time at A&M, he was injured playing softball and ended up in the Student Health Center where Gladys was working as a nurse. They were married on December 28, 1957. They shared 62 wonderful years together full of great times with family, friends and travel. They had two sons, John and Michael.

Marvin worked as an Instructor at A&M from 1957-59 and then went to the University of California (Davis) where he worked as a Lecturer and earned a Master’s of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1962. He and Gladys moved to Lubbock, TX in 1962 and he started working as an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Engineering department at Texas Tech University. He taught at Tech from 1962 until 1994, rising to become the Department Chairman in 1977. Both he and Gladys were devoted to his students and their families and remained in touch with many over the years. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Engineering in August of 1994. Marvin also continued his service to the country in the Army Reserves, eventually being promoted to Colonel and serving as the Commandant of the 4166th USAR School in Lubbock until retiring. Marvin and Gladys then moved to College Station, TX to enjoy retirement. While he enjoyed gardening and working around the house, he eventually was drawn back to teaching and worked part time as a Lecturer in Engineering Design Graphics at Texas A&M from 1996-2002. He also did independent engineering consulting work around the College Station area. Marvin was a proud member of the Aggie Class of ’53 and enjoyed numerous reunions and get-togethers with his classmates and their spouses over the years. He was active at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lubbock where he served in multiple leadership roles. He and Gladys were also active members at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Bryan, TX.

Family was very important to Marvin. He helped Gladys with doing genealogy research and planning numerous family reunions. They enjoyed travelling and spending time with family and friends. He was proud that both of his sons were able to attend Texas A&M and followed in his footsteps serving the country in the Army and achieving the rank of Colonel. He loved showing off a picture of “the Three Birds.” He enjoyed fishing and playing softball (he had an amazing fast pitch) and was always up for a game of dominoes or Taroky. He was also a devoted Aggie fan and stood behind the football team in the good years and the bad – and he really enjoyed the results of the last Aggie game against Alabama.

Marvin was loved by many and will be greatly missed. He always took great joy in hearing from his former students and was especially touched by the outpouring of love and support from them the last few years. He always had a mischievous grin and twinkle in his eye that brightened the day of everyone he saw. Special thanks goes out to all his caregivers including those at Senior Helpers, Traditions Hospice nurses, medical technicians and social workers, and all of the staff at Arbor Oaks that supported and cared for him.

Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Dworsky Dvoracek; parents, John Dvoracek and Carrie Urbanovsky Dvoracek; sister, Bernadette Dvoracek Pustejovsky and her husband, Jerry Pustejovsky; brother, William Ray Dvoracek and his wife, Carolyn Hynek Dvoracek. He is survived by his son, COL (USA, Retired) John Charles Dvoracek and his wife, Sara Lehnert Dvoracek and their children, Patrick and Rachel; son, COL (USA, Retired) Michael Dvoracek and his wife, Jennifer Ireland Dvoracek and their sons, Charles and John.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 21st from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Funeral services Friday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Memorial Funeral Chapel, 2901 Texas Ave. S., College Station, TX. Interment follows at the Aggie Field of Honor, 3800 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, College Station, TX. A reception will follow at the Memorial Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Marvin J. & Gladys Dvoracek Scholarship Endowment at Texas Tech University.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialfuneralchapel.com for the Dvoracek family.

Services

  • VISITATION

    Thursday, October 21, 2021

  • FUNERAL SERVICE

    Friday, October 22, 2021

  • Interment with Military Honors

    Friday, October 22, 2021

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Weldon Griffith

October 20, 2021

Prayers for God’s Peace and Comfort during these times. Mr D was not only my most loved teacher while at Tech, but was a great friend. Someone like Mr D and his wife don’t come into someone’s life very often. I will always cherish all the moments that we shared together. Rest In Peace.

Mark Northcut

October 20, 2021

May peace and comfort be with the Dvoracek family during this difficult time.

Mr. D was instrumental in my agricultural engineering profession from my first day at orientation to my final senior exam. It was his passion for teaching and his unwavering commitment to standards that helped me reach that milestone of graduation in 1986. His instruction has benefited me in many ways throughout the last 35 years. I am grateful and blessed to have been part of his life.

Rest in Peace

David Gates

October 18, 2021

We extend our deepest condolences to the Dvoracek family in the loss of Mr. D. I know it’s difficult, especially these days, but I want you all to know he had a profound impact on many, many people over the years and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

In memoriam, I especially enjoyed the opportunity we had to reconnect in recent years through email, regular mail, and by phone. Even when he was grieving the loss of dear Gladys or facing the pain of his ailments, he was direct about how it was going but didn’t dwell on it but rather I always felt encouraged by the conversation. His sharp memory recalled challenges and laughter of impressionable and formative times for young aspiring engineers.

As others have mentioned, he had a passion and supreme skill at teaching, coaching, and mentoring. The teaching was primary, and the mentoring was more subtle. Once he launched into a lecture, he was nonstop until the end of the period. More than once, I heard about the “walking, talking, book”. Nevertheless, if additional support was needed, Gladys and Mr. D opened their home and their availability and personal connection kept us coming back. Fundamentally, emulating traits we learned from Mr. D created success and fulfillment. We’ll pay it forward, just as he would have expected.

With love and fond memories,

Jill and David Gates (‘85)

Michael Kern

October 18, 2021

I came to Texas Tech as a freshman in 1986 and Mr. D (as we called him) was the first person I met in the Ag Engineering department. He was also my first engineering professor as I took Ag Engineering 101 under him. He was always my impression of what I though a great college professor should be. Smart, engaging, tough, but always fun. I also took surveying under him and it was a great time to get outdoors and spend some time getting to talk to him and know him better as we surveyed around the campus. He was by far my favorite professor and always related well to his students. I was one of 4 Kern brothers from Nazareth, TX that studied Ag Engineering under him, so I am sure he had nightmare's about our family. I know I can also speak for all my brothers that attended Tech. He was an incredible person, an incredible professor and a good friend. He will be missed greatly but will always remain in our thoughts. Condolences to the family.

Robert Granfeldt

October 18, 2021

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father, John. It was an honor to have known such a great man – I have fond memories of your Dad and your entire family at St. Stephens (Lubbock). May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.

Dee Purkeypile

October 15, 2021

Mr. D. was the primary reason I finished my engineering degree in Agricultural Engineering. He was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Lubbock where he actively encouraged me to start back to school. He was a mentor par excellence. He was selected as the best Professor at Texas Tech University, which he richly deserved. The photo is the quintessential Mr. D. It brought me right back to his lectures and surveying classes.

His legacy lives on in his sons and their families, yet he leaves another legacy of former students who became successful in their engineering careers because of his obvious love of sharing his knowledge.

Thank you Mr. D.

We'll see you at the final roundup.

May God wrap you in his glorious arms of light.

Robert Lannom

October 15, 2021

Mr D was an inspirational professor and a hero to his students. He not only was a knowledgeable and wise teacher but also related very well to a bunch of young and often mischievous young men and women. He also had a mean fast pitch of the softball.

Ron Winn

October 15, 2021

Marvin was a very good man and a steadfast friend. He and Gladys were quite a special team and dear members of the St. Andrew’s church family. I miss them.

Mark Dougherty

October 15, 2021

My sincere condolences to Mr. D's dear family. I am gratified that you all reached out to so many of us who were tutored, taught, mentored, and entertained by such a passionate teacher as Mr. D. I am a teacher now-a-days myself and have aspired to be something like Mr. D. I have no authority to give Best Teacher or Best Person awards, but I feel that for a life lived in service of others Mr. D was among the best.

Leonard Keeton

October 15, 2021

Marvin was one of my favorite professors when I was a student in Agricultural Engineering at Texas Tech and later as a co-worker when I taught there . We enjoyed many domino games during lunch time with other faculty and some students. He will be greatly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY