Marvin "Marv" Remy Delplanche
Marvin, also known as “Popa”, “Uncle Marv” or even “That Damn Marv” was born on November 21, 1936 in Hillsboro, OR to Jack and Helen (Claeys) Delplanche. He was the eldest of 5 children and was raised on the family farm just outside Verboort where they were parishioners. He attended Verboort Grade School and High School graduating with the Class of 1954. He later attended the University of Portland where he enjoyed playing baseball and received his teaching degree in 1958.
Marv met Patricia "Pat" Bride at a CYO catholic dance and they married soon after in 1964. Their life together started in Portland, then off to Forest Grove, and eventually to the family farm in Verboort where they built their dream home and raised strawberries. They had five children: Curtis, Remy, Douglas, Rene' and Michelle. Farming was a bitter sweet struggle, but for over 20 years he was known by his family as the “Berry Baron” as he continually expanded his strawberry empire.
Out of college Marv taught at Sacred Heart HS in Klamath Falls where as a coach he brought this little school their first- and only- taste of victory in football. Even though he taught in K Falls for only 3 years, many lifelong friendships were made and our family’s “Hunting Camp” was born. An institution that to this day continues 57 years later! Through his spirit and generosity Marv as our undisputed “Hunt Master” has inspired- and consistently outshot- four generations of hunters. After marriage, Marv began teaching at North Catholic High School and for the next several years taught history and coached football. These were the glory days of their early marriage. He had a stellar run as the head football coach and was a beloved teacher. Stories of his coaching days would continue to surface and even as recent as this fall he relived in great detail- play by play, knowing each player’s name, weight and position- a playoff game with a member of the opposing team whom he just had
After the school was closed, Marv became a part time insurance salesman and focused his energy on farming, along with a little poker playing. After the transition from farming he worked in the funeral industry until the late 1990's. After his “retirement”he finally was able to focus on his dream job- being a professional poker player which he enjoyed until his death, including having a win on his last day. “I am known
as The Legend” he would say. Among his interests, Marv enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing poker, Duck football, politics, and sharing stories with friends and family. His greatest love was family, and he was always present for his grandchildren’s birthdays, concerts, plays and assorted school events. Ever conscious of being a burden to his family, he would make “The Rounds” every week. Stopping by each friend or family like clockwork. Retelling hunting or high school stories with his lifelong friend Don, consorting with his brother Ron over farming or Duck football, calling upon his brother-in-law Ed when he wanted to a little political sparring! And always visiting with his children and grandchildren. He was mobile and able to drive until the day of his passing.
Marv is preceded in death by his former wife Patricia, who divorced in 2003 but remained close friends, along with his two children, Douglas and Rene' (Carrie) Bales, his parents, two sisters, Marie Solomon and Jeanne Hunker, and brother-in-law, Steven Vanderzanden.
Survivors include his three children and their spouses: Curtis and Jacquelyn Delplanche of Aloha, Remy and Sally Delplanche of Aloha, Michelle and Tashi Sherpa of Sunnyvale, CA; two siblings and a sister-in-law; Ron and Carolyn Delplanche of Cornelius, and Betty Vanderzanden of Roy; a brother-in-law, Don Hunker, and eleven grandchildren: Brandon, Sharon, Remy A., Isabelle, Claire, Stephan, Olivia, Samantha, Raphael, Gabriel and Dominic