There is no way to truly describe the full life of Marvin Morganti in this brief obituary. Marvin was a wonderful man who gave of himself unconditionally. He was loved, is missed and will always be cherished. Our “Papa,” as he liked to be called by his grandchildren, was an amazing husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, as well as a very good friend to so many.
Marvin’s story starts on Jan. 25, 1924, the youngest of seven children to Epi and Celesta Morganti, born on a dairy farm in Crows Landing, Calif. After graduating from high school, Marv enlisted into the U.S. Navy and quickly found himself in the middle of the Pacific battle zone. Among the many battles he was in, Marvin was most proud of being part of storming the beaches of Iwo Jima, as well as being present in Tokyo Bay for the formal surrender and signing of the declaration by Japan that ended World War II.
When Marvin returned home from his service, he enrolled at the University of the Pacific on the GI Bill. He majored in journalism. He reunited with his high school sweetheart Claire, and three years later, in 1948, they got married in Capitola, Calif. Over the next 13 years, while Marvin taught at various schools in the Stockton valley, they were blessed with five children.
In 1962, Marvin and his family relocated to what he would always describe as the perfect hometown, Pacifica, where he continued his career in education with Laguna Salada Union School District.
Marvin’s love of Pacifica and all the people who lived there is reflected in a number of his personal volunteer efforts. He was a founder of Pacificans Care, an active member of the Pacifica Historical Society and
Pacifica Lions Club, and a loyal supporter of Pacifica Performances and the Pacifica Spindrift Players.
Marvin is survived by his five children, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
A Celebration of Life will be planned at a future
date, to follow Marvin’s wishes of celebrating life with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pacifica Historical Society or Pacificans Care.