Mr. Marvin Negrin passed away in Seattle on June 27th. His family has dedicated our new course, "Engagement in One Mitzvah Exempts You From Another" in his memory. We thank them for their generous contribution.
Here are some words of reflection on Marvin's life, as told by his family:
Our dad, Marv Negrin was truly exceptional. He grew up in a generation of dads who worked late, expected their wives to do all the housework, and told their kids what to do “because I said so”. Yet our dad was nothing like that. Right out of college, he married Saralyn, a smart, strong, beautiful and powerful woman who he treated as his equal and partner in life. She was integral in decision making -- later managing all the books for the business -- and she was always the center of his universe.
As a parent, even by today’s standards, he was totally “present and involved”. Marv found a way to show up to almost every game we ever played – soccer, baseball, softball, basketball —you name it – rain or…. more rain — and found a way to do so despite also running his own business and training like an elite athlete! AND he kept this up for his grandkids attending their games as well. He was also a father figure for a whole slew of folks (his friends and family, our friends...) many of whom we actually took in at different phases.
All four children regarded him not only as our dad but as our best friend. We shared our successes and struggles with him and he always provided support and encouragement. Health was so important to him, but rather than lecture, he led by example. According to his friends, Marv was “the organizer” -- the one who rallied the group to go biking at 5:30 am and showed up with total positivity and a huge smile, even if it was pouring rain, dark and brutally COLD. When Marv wasn’t exercising or attending his kids or grandkids sporting events, he was working. He truly loved his business, Carton Service Company. All of his kids, grandkids and even nephews and cousins have fond memories of times with him at work. We loved getting pallet jack rides around the warehouse and getting the “opportunity” to sort boxes or, as we got older, answer phones. He was always willing to do whatever it took to serve his suppliers and customers. He was also always ready to volunteer for various community events and, through his business, donated countless boxes and supplies to charities, synagogue events and anyone in need. Our dad left behind an incredible legacy. He taught us ALL so much -- in fact he was proud that all four of his kids enjoy exercise and are handy with tools (even when we pretend not to be to get out of doing stuff). But MUCH more than that, he showed us how to be a spouse, how to be a dad, how to be a brother, uncle, grandfather, son...., how to run a company, how to be part of a community, how to be a friend and how to be a GREAT human being.