OBITUARY

Rolla Mahlon Marlatt Jr.

January 1, 1947November 19, 2020

Rolla Mahlon Marlatt, Jr., born on January 1, 1947 in Nashville, Tenn., was age 73 when he went home to his Lord on November 19, 2020. He is predeceased by his father, Maj. Rolla M. Marlatt, Sr., his mother Mildred Christine Kemp Marlatt, and his brother Richard Douglas Marlatt. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jean Marlatt, son Ryan Marlatt, son Andrew Marlatt (wife Donna), grandsons Trenton Marlatt, age 12, Tyler Marlatt, age 10 and Tucker Marlatt, age 4, cousin Kay Kemp and brother-in-law Jim Roberts.

Due to his father’s army career, he developed a love of travel. He went to Kindergarten and 1st grade in Japan and 2 years of middle school in France. Back home in the U.S. he lived in several army base towns in Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia. He graduated Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Va. in 1965. He enlisted in the army, serving in Vietnam with the 34th Engineers’ Battalion from April 1967 to March 1968. He graduated Northern Virginia Community College with an A.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1972, and graduated University of South Florida with a B.A. Degree from the College of Business Administration in 1974. He worked for the State of Florida for 32 years, retiring as an Eligibility Specialist with the Department of Children and Families.

As an ordained minister he had great joy in sharing the saving grace of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Combining his love for the Lord and his love of travel, he participated in several Partnership Mission trips to assist churches in other countries: Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and England. He served as a volunteer chaplain for over 30 years in Hillsborough County and Pasco County, Florida jails. He had served as an Associate Pastor at Northgate Baptist Church and as Interim Pastor of Castle Heights Baptist Church, both in Tampa. He was a member of Idlewild Baptist Church, and most recently served as volunteer Regional IV Chaplaincy Coordinator for Disaster Relief. His family took great pride in his being named Volunteer Chaplain-of-the-Year (For Outstanding Service and Commitment) by the Florida Baptists on November 11, 2013. He also served as volunteer chaplain of the 34th Engineers’ Battalion whose members served together in Vietnam and he officiated an annual memorial service for those in their battalion who were lost in combat, to assure that their sacrifice was not forgotten. He truly loved being a servant of God.

His favorite charity was Zenon Ministries, Inc., 2823 Lake Saxon Dr., Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 (www.ZenonMinistries.org). In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Rolla's name to Zenon Ministries.

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12 December

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Idlewild Baptist Church

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd
Lutz, FL 33548

12 December

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Idlewild Baptist Church

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd
Lutz, FL 33548

18 December

Graveside Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Florida National Cemetery

6502 S. W. 102nd Ave
Bushnell, FL 33513

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Roger and Margaret Wyatt

November 30, 2020

Rolla stayed with us on several occasions - twice when he was taking part in Partnership Missions here in Evesham, UK in the 1980s and once when he paid a personal visit to see us more recently. His love of the Lord Jesus always shone out from Rolla and he made it his business to share that love with everyone whom he met.

He was indeed a "gentle giant" and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and acquaintances.

Our love goes to Jean, Ryan, Andrew and the family at this time. May the Lord bless you in the knowledge that Rolla is now safely with the Lord that he loved.

Margaret, Roger and family

Court Ogilvie

November 25, 2020

Rolla was a kind soul and he will be greatly missed. I met him through the 34th Engineers reunions, and he was incredibly generous with his time and took great care to ensure that all felt welcome. I know that he helped some folks get to the reunions, and he was always quick to jump in and lend a hand. He took great pride in leading the memorial services to ensure that those lost in Vietnam would always be remembered. I will always remember Rolla and the difference that he made in so many lives. I am so sorry for your loss.

David Staples

November 23, 2020

Ryan and Andrew
I’m so sorry for your loss. I think I only met your father, but I know he raised two incredible sons. I know the pain and loss is great and at times may seem overwhelming. Take time to grieve. There is no “right way” or “acceptable time” to do that. Mourning is expected when you lose someone who meant so much. I pray that you will experience peace through the journey. I’m proud of you guys. You represent him well.
David Staples

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