Marvin Dwight Chamberlain, age 62, of Twin Falls passed away Sunday April 9, 2017 in the Twin Falls Care Center following a bout with cancer. He was born August 23, 1954 in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington to Pauline E. Peterson and Lyman R. Chamberlain. Marvin was born with physical deformity of his hands which required several surgeries as a small child. Despite the many surgeries his attitude toward life was positive. When he was young the family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where he began his education.
While in Idaho Falls, Idaho the family bought land and built a cabin in Island Park. Marvin had many fond memories of summers spent working with family members on the cabin and enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. He was especially fond of recounting the time he and an aunt discovered a totem floating in the river by Coffee Pot Rapids. They fished the totem out and took it to the cabin, hence the name Totem cabin, and the naming of the road on which the cabin stood.
Marvin attended schools in Idaho Falls, graduating from Idaho Falls Senior High where he had been active in Band and the German Club. Marvin then enrolled at Idaho State University where he eventually graduated and began his business career. At ISU Marvin was a resident of Colonial Hall. At Colonial Hall he made many lifelong friendships. He earned the nickname, "Mama Marvin" because of his care and watching out for fellow residents. While at ISU Marvin participated in the band, student council support, and worked in the campus post office until his graduation. From the time of his graduation he was a loyal supporter of the ISU Alumni Association.
Following graduation from ISU Marvin took a position with an accounting firm in Montana. While with this firm he continued to master his skills and gain experience to eventually allow him to earn his recognition as a Certified Public Accountant, a title for which Marvin was proud.
Having attained his CPA Marvin took an opportunity to become a partner in a CPA firm in Twin Falls, Idaho. Within a few years Marvin took over the firm as sole owner of Marvin D. Chamber Ian CPA, a position he held until his death.
Marvin was independent and committed to serving his community. In his private times Marvin was an avid coin and stamp collector. Marvin's' concern for his community could be seen in his involvement, most often as treasurer, for many groups and organizations. Most notable are the American Red Cross,
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Boy Scouts of America, Camp Malibu, Kiwanis, and the Airport Road Free Will Baptist Church.
From his service to the American Red Cross Marvin recounted stories of his transporting blood to be delivered in a timely manner to help possibly save a life. Several appreciations and recognitions were given him for his service to the Red Cross.
As a member of the Elks Marvin took on many roles and positions including that of Exalted Ruler. He was honored for his service to the Elks by being named the Elk of the Year for the local lodge and at the state level, the Hall of Honor award. In addition to his local Elks Lodge he served on the Elks Hospital Board. He was also involved with the Elks Scholarship program and several youth support activities including the Boy Scout program. He supported the Elks Rehab Hospital and participated in the annual food drive to provide additional resources to the hospital. Many lifelong friendships were forged from his Elk
involvement, both locally and nationally.
Marvin had been a Boy Scout and soon found himself serving the Boy Scouts. He served as a WEBELO Den Leader and Cub Pack Master, committee member and then became Scoutmaster, another of those positions that he held until his death. He became active in the Snake River Council serving as Council Treasurer as well as a trainer and merit badge counselor. He and his troop attended Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico, a highlight of his Scouting experience. As a youth Marvin had been a Boy Scout with an Elks sponsored troop in Idaho Falls. Marvin reached the rank of Second Class Scout, but he
went no further. Later as a Scoutmaster he would recount to numerous Scouts how he wished he had gone forward to attain his Eagle Scout. He would use this to encourage them to continue toward that goal. Marvin enjoyed cooking and seemed to thrive in teaching the Cooking Merit Badge to Scouts. He has survived many meals cooked by young Scouts and encouraged them to become better cooks. For his service to Boy Scouts, Marvin was awarded the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver, and most recently the highest volunteer award the council offers, the Sentinel Award. When asked which of his volunteer roles made him proudest he thought for a moment and stated being a Scout leader because of the influence on the young men he had been able to play.
Marvin accepted Jesus as his personal savior in the Airport Road Free Will Baptist Church. His commitment was followed by his profession of faith with his baptism. Soon he became treasurer of the church as well as the Idaho Free Will Baptist Youth Camp. He also personally contributed to the camp with scholarships allowing kids to go to camp.
Through his church and family association Marvin became a volunteer with Camp Malibu, a Young Life camp in Canada. Teens from his church had attended the camp. He and family members, especially his father, would travel to Canada twice a year to open and then close the camp for the camping season.
Another of the groups Marvin valued was the Kiwanis. As with other organizations Marvin was a part of, he soon became the Treasurer of not only the local club, but several activities of the Kiwanis. He was a Key Club Advisor for Twin Falls High School. His interest in German from high school may have influenced his commitment to the Kiwanis annual Oktoberfest event. Marvin has served as club president and other offices on both the local and state levels. He was awarded the Juneau Shinn Community Service Award by the Kiwanis in recognition of his volunteer service.
Marvin has earned numerous awards, certificates, and recognitions in honor of his service to his community and nation. Many certificates and plaques line his home and office walls showing the appreciation for his tireless service. His wry sense of humor and willingness to volunteer set him apart from many.
Marvin is survived by his father, Lyman Chamberlain of Idaho Falls, ID, and his brother David Chamberlain of Sedro-Wolley, WA, and his family which include David's wife Trina and their three children Danni, (her daughter Emory), Tracy and Jeffrey. He is also survived by several cousins in Washington and Idaho. Marvin often recounted a special memory with his brother David, from a Tiger Cruise aboard the USS Carl Vinson while David served in the U.S. Navy. This gave Marvin an opportunity to both see his brother in his chosen profession and sail from Hawaii to California aboard an aircraft carrier.
A Memorial Service for Marvin Chamberlain will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Snake River Elks Lodge, 412 E. 200 S in Jerome, Idaho. There will be a reception following the Memorial Service. Rev. Jim O'Donnell will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel. Marvin requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to either the Idaho Free Will Baptist Youth Camp or Snake River Council Boy Scouts of America. Gift's may be sent to his office, P.O. Box 25 Twin Falls, ID 83303 for disbursement.
Marvin expressed his appreciation for the many friends he has made through his involvement in activities which have enriched his life and in turn the lives of others with his church, Red Cross, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, and Elks. Three words that sum up his life view of volunteering and working with others would be, "I'll do it."