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Marvin Axe – April 24, 2017

Marvin Axe, 83, of Vega died Monday, April 24, 2017.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Vega United Methodist Church. Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.
Marvin was born Feb. 5, 1934 in Dimmitt to H.L. Axe and Dovie Maurine Sullinger Axe.  He went to school in Jumbo and Dimmitt where he was active in sports and FFA.  In 1952 they won the State Basketball Championship in Class 1A and 2A with Coach John Blaine.
Marvin married the love of his life, Janie Jennings on April 27, 1954, in Canyon.  He is being laid to rest on their 63rd anniversary.
Marvin served in the Army from 1954-1956.  He was a long time farmer and rancher in Castro and Oldham counties.  Marvin was also employed with Citation Oil and Gas.
Marvin was instrumental in establishing the Oldham County Farm and Ranch Museum.
He served in numerous positions in many organizations including ASCS, Oldham County Country Club, Vega ISD School Board, as an Oldham County Commissioner, Commander of American Legion Post 168, and Vega Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Services.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Axe; and a grandson, Randall Artho.
Survivors include his wife, Janie Axe, of the home; daughters, Donna and Verlon Duggan of Lone Grove, Okla., Karen and Harold Artho, of Umbarger, Sherri and Bruce Hartman of Canyon and Terri and Bret Richardson of Bushland; a sister, Zelda and husband Gayland Anderson of Lubbock; a brother, Dr. Jim and Suzanne Axe of Lubbock; a sister-in-law, June Cleavinger; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer Duggan, James Duggan and wife Ashton, D’Ann Artho Johnson and husband Matt, Dustin Artho and wife Chelcie, Katy Richardson Roach and husband Randall, Rusty Hartman, and April Artho; and 8 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Vega Volunteer EMS, Box 530, Vega, TX 79092; BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr., Amarillo, TX 79106; or a charity of your choice.
Family will receive friends from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the funeral home in Amarillo.


  • Charles & Diane Havlik Posted April 25, 2017 5:05 pm

    May God’s blessings of peace & strength be with you now & in the days ahead.

  • Andra Fergerson Posted April 25, 2017 5:35 pm

    Dear Marvin and family,
    I am praying for you all and although I can not make it to the services, I am there in spirit and prayer. Marvin was a wonderful soul. He was a great friend to many, a good father to his girls and a wonderful husband to Janie. I felt so lucky to have known him. He will be greatly missed.
    Praying always +++
    Andra Dorman Fergerson

  • Carolyn Ewing Posted April 25, 2017 5:47 pm

    To the entire family,
    Prayers, love, and sympathy are sent to all of you.

  • Beverly Blaine Milligan Posted April 26, 2017 10:35 am

    My parents were John and Juanita Blaine. Although I was just a child during Dad’s coaching years at Dimmitt, Marvin was one of my father’s special “boys.” We have a picture of Marvin in his football uniform with my younger brother, Bill, beside him. Mother & Daddy moved to Sundown, Texas, and then to Plainview later; however, no other teams ever could compare to the Dimmitt kids. Marvin was special to my parents.

  • bob & laura gabbard Posted April 26, 2017 8:31 pm

    god rest

  • Nennis & Dolores Heiman Posted April 27, 2017 1:40 pm

    So sorry to read in yesterday,s paper that Marvin had died. I visited with June Cleavenger at the state tourney in San A. & she told me Marvin was not doing well.I hope the Good Lord will comfort you & your children at this time.
    Dennis & Dolores(Pill) Heiman

  • John Barry Posted May 6, 2017 8:26 pm

    Dear Janie and Family.
    News of Marvin’s passing has just recently reached us in New Mexico, and we are so sad to hear it. It was an honor to know you and Marvin and some of yout family in recent years. I have some memories of him that will always make me smile. It was an true honor to know him.

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