Marvin Edwin Warner
Marvin Edwin Warner
  • January 28, 1937 - October 3, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Marvin Warner's big, beautiful heart gave us 80 wonderful years with him before it gave out on October 3, 2017. But his real heart never weakened and it never ever wavered. He was laser focused on his family for his whole life, especially his wife Pat. Since her stroke and disability eight years ago, he said time and again that it was his privilege to care for her, and he did so with loving compassion that was a joy to witness.

Marv was born in Piqua, Ohio, on January 28, 1937, the third son of Hershel and Wilma Warner. He lettered in baseball, basketball, and band at Piqua High School before going on to attend the University of Cincinnati. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and went to work for IBM in 1959.

IBM sent Marv to work on a project in Tennessee at the Arnold Engineering Development Center. That's where he met the love of his live, Patricia Mitchell. They were married in Tullahoma, TN, on September 16, 1961, and began raising a family as IBM moved them from Chattanooga to Atlanta, then to Fairfax, and finally to Raleigh in 1971. Marv was a computer sales engineer and he worked extensively with NC State University and the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC).

After retiring from IBM in 1991, Marv threw himself into volunteer work in the community. He was a regular at Habitat for Humanity, not only assisting with building, but also as part of a nurturing committee that supported families transitioning to home ownership. Marv worked with several refugee families, helping them adjust to their new country. He served as a mentor with Communities in Schools where he was paired with a second grader; the two became important parts of each other's lives and maintained a relationship for the last 24 years. He also volunteered at a local homeless shelter.

While living in Atlanta in the early 1960s, Marv and Pat discovered the Callaway Gardens resort, and that became a treasured annual family vacation destination for decades. They also traveled extensively around the world and across the country after Marv's retirement, nearly always combining a learning agenda with their cultural adventures.

He is survived by his wife and partner in life of 56 years, Pat; his brothers Norman and Dean and Dean's wife Joyce; his children, Mike and wife Cathy, Beth Williams and husband Neil, Kathy Phillips, and Tim and wife Angela. Marv was particularly proud of all of his grandchildren: Heather and Shelley Warner, Mitch and Zack Williams, Haley and Jena Phillips, and Olivia and Chase Warner.

The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff at NC Heart and Vascular Hospital and Transitions LifeCare (in particular, his nurse Laura) who cared for Marv with love and compassion.

Marv's celebration of life will be Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m., at the Cardinal at North Hills. If you are so inclined, please feel free to share any memories or stories as we remember him with joy.

Along with Pat, Marv had a passion for social justice and supported many related causes. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center (, the Carter Center (, or Habitat for Humanity Wake County (