Growing up in Northern Idaho and working in the Potlatch lumber mill instilled strong Idaho roots and values in Marv. Before getting out of high school, Marv volunteered and enlisted in the US Navy where he served 20 years on active duty in the naval intelligence and cryptology community. After receiving a "field commission" for his leadership and management talents, and upon returning to Idaho, for the next 23 years Marv brought those proven skills he learned as a “Navy Mustang” and put them to work in the private sector. Marv managed business operations and sales profit and loss for 2 different international companies and grew one from $7 million to $100 million per year, the other from startup to $3 million per year. He has negotiated and closed international business contracts valued over $200 million and is credited with three U.S. Patents in the creation of a special plasma for semiconductor manufacturing. Marv brings not only his strong work ethic to the table but years of technical, management and leadership experience building and maintaining relationships.
As a 6 year conservative member of the Idaho House of Representatives, Marv served on the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee, Transportation and Defense, Resources and Conservation and Business committees. He now has served in the Idaho Senate on the Health and Welfare, Judiciary and Rules, Resources & Environment, Transportation committees and State Affairs. He has been assigned as the Vice Chairman to many of these committees. Marv also served as a Precinct Committeeman, District Chairman and Ada County Vice Chairman of the GOP Central Committee, Co-Chaired the State Central Committee Rules and Platform Committees and has always been involved in local and State conservative issues.
Marv and his wife Patty make their home in Legislative District 14, in Western Ada County. He is the father of two children, John who served in the Army and Navy in both Iraq and Afghanistan war zones for 35 months and Kristin who he commissioned and is currently serving as a Lt. Both then followed their father’s footsteps serving their Nation in the Navy Reserves in intelligence positions. In his spare time, Marv is an avid outdoorsman and maintains an active role in many sportsman organizations across Idaho. He is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Life member of the NRA and North American Fishing Assoc and a long time member of the American Legion Post 113.
He is also a co-founder of the Wyakin Foundation, that developed and operates the Academy for transitioning of wounded warriors coming home. This is a multi-tiered mentorship, professional development and education program supporting America’s wounded veterans. The program supports our nation’s heroes to attend college and specialized leadership development programs at various colleges and universties while assisting them in their transition from military duty to becoming community leaders in the private sector. The Wyakin Foundation has been supported by and named “Best in Class” by the USO.