Marlin Ray Wittwer
Marlin Ray Wittwer
Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident Marlin Ray Wittwer will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Cortez Elks Lodge. Military honors will be provided by Montezuma County VFW Post #5231.
Marlin was born Aug. 21, 1948, in Boulder, the son of Chester Ely and Flora Adeline (Roberts) Wittwer. He passed away at his home on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at the age of 65.
Surviving Marlin are his wife, Denise Wittwer of Cortez; father, Chester Wittwer of Durango; sons, Gary Wittwer and wife Jodi of Grand Junction and Ken Wittwer and wife Michele of Thornton; grandchildren, Braeden Bennett, Austin Wittwer, Kyler Wittwer, Karstyn Wittwer and Brylee Wittwer; and siblings, Barbara Hopper of Virginia and Ron Wittwer of Durango. He was preceded in death by his mother, Flora Wittwer.
Marlin was a man who made a stranger feel welcome, a man that was honest, caring, loving, and lived his life with honor and respect. His career and family were very important to him. He also knew what he wanted out of life. In a moment of true, wonderful irony, Marlin's passing was happening during the Broncos game.
Even as he was fighting against cancer with more strength and courage and honesty than any can imagine, he never complained. This man, who was expending such energy and will and strength to fight for more time, still talked about the things he didn't do. He never quite accepted his own greatness, all he had done, all the lives he profoundly changed, loans for vehicles, businesses, and vacations that he helped many families attain.
Marlin started in the banking field at Beneficial Finance in Durango, in 1974. Shortly after, he was transferred to Cortez, where he would live the rest of life. He extended his love for banking, working for Citizens State Bank for almost 28 years. He muddled in car sales and financing for new cars at Steve Keetch Motors and ended up going back to work for Dolores State Bank for almost seven years before retiring. There are many who have great memories of Marlin working at these places.
He was a father, husband, brother, grandfather, and friend to many people. To his sons, he was more than just a father, he was a friend and a hero. “Pops” worked very hard and was very focused on any endeavor he was involved in, whether it was trying to help someone out with a car loan, help with many local organizations that he was part of, or come home and deal with two sons. He was honest and always kept his word.
As a husband he devoted his life and love to Denise Wittwer. They were married Oct. 18, 1970, and were coming up on 43 years of marriage. Whether it was spending too much time watering and messing with the yard, playing too many rounds of golf, or being with his friends, the two of them taught their boys the true meaning of the word “marriage.” He loved his bride very much and they had many adventurous journeys together. They loved to travel together and were looking forward in traveling more upon Marlin's retirement. He loved doing things with and for her.
Marlin enjoyed many other things in life other besides golfing. He was able to pass that passion for the outdoors down to his boys, teaching them to shoot, hunt, fish, ride motorcycles, and play all kinds of sports. He knew the meaning of working hard to achieve a higher goal. He got up every single day, no matter what he was in store for, and did the job that he asked and loved to do.
Marlin has five grandchildren to whom he was passing on the lessons of life that his sons had learned. Once again he was honest and caring, but was always willing to let them make their own mistakes. He loved going to races, basketball games, gymnastic meets, school programs, or taking them shooting, hunting, or fishing. He never missed an event that he was able to attend.
Memorial contributions can be made to Cortez Kiwanis Scholarship Fund and Cortez Elks Scholarship Fund.
Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.