Marvin L. McMorran

September 20, 1924January 15, 2013

Marvin L. McMorran, 88, of Bettendorf, passed away, Tuesday, January 15, 2012 at Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00 am at Asbury Methodist Church in Bettendorf, IA. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 am until the service at 11:00 am at the church. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, where he was a long-time member or Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque, IA. Online condolences may be left at

Marvin was born at home September 20, 1924 in Adams County, IA, where he spent his younger years. He was the son of Harry E. and Beulah (Dixon) McMorran. He graduated from Corning High School in Corning, Iowa in 1942. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO in 1950 with a degree in mathematics and science. He married Ruth Slaten on June 3, 1951 in Bedford, IA. After graduating and receiving his MS in Education from the University of Iowa in 1954, they moved to Bettendorf, IA.

Marvin taught school for forty years, eight of those years were in southwest Iowa. His first five years of teaching were in one-room rural schools in Adams County, IA. His remaining years of teaching were in the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley School Systems. After his retirement from Pleasant Valley School in 1986, he continued to do volunteer teaching for nineteen years at the Continuing Education Center in the GED program with Scott Community College. Marvin and Ruth volunteered for the Luther Manor Meal site in Bettendorf, the Angel Tree program, the Putnam Museum and the Festival of Trees. Marvin’s family would like to thank Guardian Family Services for their compassionate care which allowed Marvin to remain at home. It was a true blessing.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Ruth; sons and daughters –in-law, Philip and Debbie McMorran, Marion, IA; Richard and Candi McMorran, Arlington, TN; daughter, Rachel Brown, Houston, TX; six grandchildren; brother, Willard McMorran and many good friends. His parents and one brother preceded him in death.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2013

Marvin L. McMorran

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Deb Wells

April 15, 2013

Though late, I just saw this notice. Marvin had helped our daughter in math (after a short absence). (Ruth had been one of their teachers.) What great neighbors they had been in the '80's on N. St. Marvin won't be forgotten!

Michael Lennon

January 24, 2013

Richard, not sure if you remember me or not. Doesnt matter really as all I want to say is my condolences for your loss.


January 21, 2013

Miss u daddy

Nancy Sexton

January 19, 2013

Volon and I would like to offer our most sincere condolences to your entire family.

Jim Schneider

January 18, 2013

The numbers of students touched by Marvin McMorran's kindness in teaching math would be a staggering sum. We greatly appreciated all the hours he volunteered over many years at the Scott Community College Career Assistance Center. He blessed us with his knowledge and patience. He led a life of significance. I am honored to have worked with him.

Nancy Sexton

January 18, 2013

Volon and I send our sincere condolences to your entire family.

January 18, 2013

Mr. McMorran, I will always have fond memories of you throughout life. You are the one who inspired me to love math. I enjoyed many wonderful times up at Hy-Vee with you, Dad and the gang! We laughed, shared and I always looked forward to your kind smile every time I returned back to Iowa. You touched many lives and to this day I will always be very thankful. Peace, Shelly Frieden