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Marvin Gene Distel

September 7, 1950 — December 22, 2023

Celebrating a Life Well-Lived: A Bittersweet Farewell to Our Husband – Dad – Grandpa.  Marvin Gene Distel, born September 07, 1950 in Delta, Colorado, died December 22, 2023 in Richfield, Utah.

While working in his yard which he loved, he was involved in an accident which led to him sustaining a severe head injury. Although sad, we are enjoying the opportunity to come together to share stories, tears, and honor a man who set a great example to our family.

Dad’s goodbye would have been a see you later kiss and hug to Elena, and “I love you” to each one of his kids and grandkids, along with a broad shouldered hug, and a cuddle and goodbye to their two dogs.

A service will be held on December 30, 2023 at the LDS stake center located at 1521 South Hillcrest Dr., Montrose, Colorado.  The viewing will start at 9:30 with the service starting at 10:30.  Bishop Dwight Jenkins will be officiating the service.  Marvin will be buried at the Cedar Creek Cemetery, in Montrose, Colorado.

Our family is at peace. We will mourn, we will miss him, but we are thankful for the way the final earthly page turned.

He is preceded in death by his mother Lola Forsythe Distel, father Joseph Distel, and his brother Walter Distel.  Marvin is survived by his wife, Elena Moreland Distel, his son Wade Distel (wife Vennessa), and three daughters, Katrina Swapp (husband Thom), Anna Barlow (Douglas), and Maria Wilson (husband Joshua); Sister Miletta Distel Knob (husband Ray), and brothers Bill Distel (wife Dorothy) and Bob Distel (wife Darlene), and sister-in-law Donna; 15 grandchildren (Samuel, Kristopher, Thom Gene, Sedona, Joseph, Jesse, Elizabeth, Porter, Andreas, Evinn, Pearl, Lola, Ilsa, Arnold, Addy) and 2 great-grandchildren (Everett, Avery).

Marvin served in the Army during the Vietnam War, as well as served in the National Guard with total service of 11 years.  Marvin grew up in Olathe, Colorado, ranching and farming with his father during his childhood.  Marvin’s interests were service to others, mechanical understanding of all things, and loved to build and renovate his homes when possible.  He loved to take long drives with his family, exploring new places.

A special thank you to the wonderful people of Monroe 4th Ward and their special care of us at this time.  Thank you to the Black Canyon Ward for helping with services and luncheon.

In lieu of flowers if you would like to make a donation toward disabled vets or those affected by the use of agent orange: Paul Ehline Memorial at



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