Marvin Dean Way passed away peacefully at his home in Stanfield, Oregon on January 20,
2022 at the age of 92. He was born November 30, 1929 in Heppner, Oregon. He was the ninth of ten children born to
Daniel and Iva Vinson Way of Lexington.
Marvin enlisted in the Army after high school and was an MP in the Korean Conflict.
Marvin took over the Way family farm in Lexington after returning from active duty where he
grew hay and raised cattle.
He married Norma Ann Robinson on September 1, 1961 and their family grew. They raised
their three children on the farm in Lexington; a daughter, Lou Ann and two sons, Bruce and
He worked at the Kinzua Corporation lumber mill in Heppner and for ODOT until his retirement.
Marvin was a member of the Oddfellows IOOF lodge and the VFW.
Marvin enjoyed the outdoors throughout his life and many a family member has a wooden
clock that he skillfully crafted just for them. He was an avid fan of youth sports and could, more
often than not, be found attending a local high school sporting event. He excitedly looked
forward to the yearly Vinson/Way family reunion, where one could hear his boisterous laugh
and many a reminiscent tale about some member of the family’s exploits. He never met a
stranger he didn’t already know.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brothers and sisters; June,
Stanley, Maxine, Zelma, Joseph, Claude, Bertin, Kenneth, and Asa.
He is survived by his daughter Lou Ann Way of Vancouver, Washington, and her son James;
and his two sons; Bruce and his wife Charlene of Boise, Idaho, and their daughters McKenzie
and Morgan; and Mark and his wife Robin of Stanfield, Or.
As per Marvin’s wishes no funeral services will be held and any gathering in his memory will be
withheld until Covid restrictions are relaxed. Because of his love of the outdoors his family
suggests that you plant a tree in his memory.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.
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