Marvin Eugene Gardner, 68, passed on to cowboy heaven on January 20, 2016 in Carlin, Nevada. Marvin was well known all over Nevada as one of the best. He was a hard working cowboy, a rodeo rough stock contestant and an excellent equipment operator. Marvin had a love for the cowboy way of life. His love for horses was his passion. He had a unspoken connection with horses and the ability to train them. Anyone who knew Marvin, has a story of some sort that relates to his cowboy way of life! His infectious smile and laughter would always brighten any room. That grin of his, will forever be missed but never forgotten!!!
Marvin was born June 6, 1947 to Jack and Barbara (Betty) Peacock in Ely, Nevada. His father died when he was six months old so he spent his childhood on the Gardner Ranch when he wasn’t in school. Marvin attend elementary school in both Preston and Lund, Nevada and graduated from White Pine High School in Ely, Nevada. Later, his mother married Murray Petersen and two sons were born to this union, Reginald and Donald.
Marvin had three children, Chad, Halene and Jack with his first wife Darlene Green. Marvin also help raise Darlene’s niece, Karina Kinterknecht Jackson, and nephews, Mike and Robbie Kinterknecht. They all worked on Marvin’s grandparent’s (Jesse and Pearl Gardner) ranch while living in White River Valley. Marvin and Darlene later divorced and Marvin married Donna Murphy, his soulmate, in 1995. They lived in Lancaster, California and Elko, Ely and Carlin, Nevada. Carlin has been their home for many years.
Marvin is survived by his wife Donna, a stepson Levi, a stepdaughter Tatum, Marvin’s children Halene and Jack, Karina (Ronnie), Mike (Tara), Robbie, Aunt Sandra Peacock Hunt (Lonnie), five grandchildren, his step brothers Reginald (Linda) and Donald (Madeline) Petersen and “Little One”, his beloved Min Pin.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Darlene, baby boy Jerome, son Chad, father Jack, mother Betty, grandparents Eugene and Sabra Peacock and Jesse and Pearl Gardner.
A Celebration of Life will be held on February 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Pacini Hall in Carlin, Nevada. A family service will be held in the summer where his ashes will be scattered in Jake’s Valley at the Buttes. Please join us and share one of your favorite “Marvin” stories~