Charles "Buzz" Marvin


January 19, 1946 ~ January 14, 2023

Born in: Staten Island, NY
Resided in: Fargo, ND

A livestream of Buzz’s Mass will be viewable below on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 10:30 AM:

Charles “Buzz” Calvin Marvin lived a full and good life. His eternal life began on January 14, 2023 after a life focused on family, friends, faith, and prayer. He taught us all how to live through glioblastoma with courage, determination, and grace.

Buzz was born on Staten Island in New York on January 19, 1946 to Tut and Mary (Pate) Marvin. He grew up in Warroad, MN, where he attended school and graduated in 1964. While in high school, he participated on the football, hockey, and baseball teams for the Warriors and at a very young age, fell in love with hunting and fishing.

His first job landed him at his Uncle Cal’s resort as a dock boy. This made a lasting impact on who he would become, cultivating his love for guiding others through fishing and later on, hunting. It was here he learned how to build relationships, something he took great pride in his entire life. He also held a job at Marvin Windows and Doors, starting in the plant throughout his high school years. This position provided him with the opportunity to learn about the family business and the work ethic expected from his Grandfather George.

He attended college at the University of Minnesota and Bemidji State University, where he earned his Business Management Degree in 1969. He was a member of the OTE fraternity, played hockey, and continued to enjoy his love of the outdoors during these years.

Buzz first met his wife, Kaye Dorn, when they were toddlers, playing in the front lawn of his parents’ home in Warroad. Through the years, the Marvin and Dorn families forged a lasting friendship that would continue to bring Buzz and Kaye together. Their love story unfolded and grew as they did.

Buzz and Kaye attended college at Bemidji State and began their married life together on September 14, 1968. They moved to Thief River Falls, where Buzz began a career in business with his father-in-law and brother-in-law at Tony Dorn, Inc.

While in Thief River Falls, Buzz was active as a volunteer firefighter, youth baseball coach, and high school hockey referee. His many years of refereeing earned him the privilege of officiating the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament in St. Paul. He continued to hunt and fish in Northern Minnesota, the Dakotas, and throughout Canada, and his passion for hunting adventures only deepened.

Buzz and Kaye had two daughters, Kelly (Marvin) Biondi and Jamie (Marvin) Mattern. His example of what it meant to be a husband and father will forever be remembered.

Upon his father’s retirement from the family’s window business, Buzz returned to Marvin Windows and Doors in 1983. He began his work at Marvin Lumber and Cedar Co. and later moved into the corporate office, where he helped oversee the development and successful addition of Marvin Wood Products in Baker, Oregon. He was the President of this company for ten years and also served on the Board of Directors for Marvin Windows and Doors. He valued the family heritage his Grandfather George created, a strong work ethic, and loved his employees as his friends.

During his time in Warroad, Buzz took every advantage to hunt and fish. He and Kaye purchased Bear Island on Lake of the Woods, Ontario and spent their summers on the island, where Buzz was in his element. They created an oasis for anyone that visited and a sanctuary for their family to enjoy.

They also spent their falls and early winters at the Cabin in the Woods, where Buzz created a legacy for his grandchildren, passing down his love of the woods and the thrill of the hunt. It was here he enjoyed family time with his brothers, nieces and nephews, and the traditions the land afforded them. These were his happy places, where he found true joy, spent time with family, and felt surrounded by the peace of nature.

Buzz also served as a volunteer firefighter in Warroad, amassing over 20 years of service. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and also shared significant time with Farm Credit Services on their Board of Directors. He was a respected leader and businessman in the region, serving on many boards and committees.

His retirement from Marvin Windows and Doors brought Kaye and him to Fargo, where they began their life as grandparents. He embraced a new career as a consultant with Hosted Hunts, helping hundreds of clients create memories and experiences that embodied more than just a hunt.

Buzz’s golden years were truly spent doing the two things he loved most: hunting and grandparenting. His love of hunting and fishing, which began at an early age, led him on adventures all over the world. He could be found in Nunavut, Washington, New Zealand, Montana, Argentina, Mexico, Newfoundland, Colorado, Antarctica, Ontario, and Quebec to name a few. This passion led him to befriend numerous outfitters and clients, forging more than business connections but genuine relationships. If you were lucky enough to visit with Buzz, he would gladly share a hunting story, advice on gear, or provide the latest and best information in the business. He never expected anything in return; he simply wanted everyone to experience the love that hunting gave him.

His role as a grandparent changed his life and soon, he could be found planning his hunts around his grandchildren’s activities. He and Kaye were loved and known for “never missing an event” in both the Hermantown and Fargo communities. He became a #1 fan of the Hawks, Deacons, Angels, Bulldogs, and Cobbers. Buzz was instrumental in the creation of the Shanley Trap Shooting Team and volunteered his time coaching.

His grandchildren became his new trophies to tell stories about and share adventures with. To him, there was nothing better than sharing these moments with Kaye.

Buzz was an authentic and genuine man, and he lived his life with passion, no matter what he did. He was a prankster, jokester, and lover of life. He taught us all how we can live a life well lived too.

Surviving Buzz is his wife of 54 years, Kaye, and their two children, Kelly (Joe) Biondi and Jamie (Troy) Mattern. Along with his seven grandchildren: Blake, Kellyn, and Lauryn Biondi and Lydia, Cooper, Jax, and Ily Mattern. Brothers Scott (Lynda) Marvin and Conway (Mary) Marvin and sisters Mary Lynn (David) Bachand and Cathy Sweeney. Brother-in-law Tony (Connie) Dorn Jr. and sister-in-law Lynn Dorn. He was deeply respected and loved dearly by his 13 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Buzz was preceded in death by his parents, Randolph (Tut) and Mary (Pate) Marvin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Heather’s House, care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. This house, which is currently under construction, will be the first Hospice House in the state of North Dakota.

Buzz’s family would be honored to hear your favorite stories of Buzz, please email these to

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 9:30AM – 10:30 AM, at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held following visitation on Wednesday, also at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church. Burial to be held at a later date at St. Bernard Cemetery, Thief River Falls, MN.


Visitation - Tuesday: January 17, 2023 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Visitation - Wednesday: January 18, 2023 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo
5202 25th St. S.
Fargo ND 58104,

Funeral Mass - Wednesday: January 18, 2023 10:30 am

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo
5202 25th St. S.
Fargo ND 58104,

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Memories Timeline


  1. Dear Kaye, Kelly, Jamie and family,
    I’ve been thinking of Buzz and all of you daily. Prayers to you during this challenging time. Buzz certainly lived a wonderful and full life. I will miss him.
    Red fox

  2. Family of Buzz,
    So very sorry for your loss know that thoughts & prayers are with all of you.
    To your Families Buzz our deepest sympathy & prayers. Sending love to all 😥😥🙏🙏

    I remember all the fun times with you Buzz & sisters & brothers at your Mom & Dads & also at Auntie Erm’s & Uncle Jacks in Brainerd making memories.
    Rest in peace in the arms of Jesus
    Give my love to my son,Troy, who died four years ago on this day as well as Uncle Jack
    Love you Buzz. Save us a place please
    Joyce Herb & family 🙏🙏❤️

  3. Family of Buzz…. Elliot and I are so sorry to hear of Buzz passing. He was a wonderful person all the way around and we will miss him very very much. I love the picture you put on of here of Buzzy. Hugs to you all. T & E

  4. Sorry to hear this. Prayers out to his family. It was a pleasure to get to know him when he came out to the Baker plant as well as working under his direction. Rest in peace

  5. So sorry. Buzz was my boss while he was President of Marvin Wood Products. He taught me may things about managing
    the plant.. My condolences to the Marvin family. He will be greatly missed.
    Everett Vassar

  6. Kelly, Joe, Blake, Kellyn & Lauryn,

    We didn’t have the pleasure of knowing your grandfather unfortunately, but we have been blessed for our paths to cross!

    Know that we are thinking about all of you!

    Love, The Daschke Family
    (Bulldog Family)

  7. Kaye, Kelly, Jamie and Family,
    I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Buzz leaves you with wonderful memories and a truly special legacy, and I hope this brings you some peace and even joy. Warm thoughts and hugs to this whole amazing family.

  8. Kelly, to you and your entire family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hold on to the memories! The Wentworths in Duluth

  9. May your family find peace and comfort. Prayers for Buzz and that all remember the impact he made on so many.

  10. Kaye, Kelly, Jamie, and Family,
    We are so very sorry to hear about Buzz’s passing. Buzz was a really great guy and you were great neighbors on Robin Hood Drive in the 1970’s and early 80’s until you moved to Warroad. We are certain that he will be missed by you and your families. May his memory be blessed.
    Don, Sheron & Todd Stewart

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are wish you and your family during this difficult time. Cherish the memories.

    Dan and Laurel DeMolee

  12. My condolences to the Marvin family on behalf of the Dumais family. My father, Chick, grew up with the Marvin brothers in Warroad and always enjoyed being their company. When we were kids we would make our annual trip to Warroad and it was always the highlight of our year. I remember seeing Buzz on many occasions and the one thing I remember most about him was that he was always so friendly, welcoming and had a big smile on his face. It sounds like he led the life he wanted and was not only successful in several business ventures but also a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to a very large number of people. May he rest in peace.

  13. Kaye and family – our deepest sympathies to all of you. We have so many good memories of your family at the pool in TRF. May God give you strength and peace at this difficult time.
    Dwight, Linda, Heidi and Blake Tangquist

  14. What a great person. When we came to warroad, buzz and Kaye were very welcoming and encouraging.. Great memories. Rest in peace, buzz.

  15. Kaye, Kelly, Jamie, and Family,

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father Buzzy. I enjoyed growing up with him in Warroad.

    Prayers and Hugs,

  16. Kaye and families, our deepest sympathy at the loss of your precious Buzz. He always greeted us with a big smile and a hug! Cherish the memories!

  17. Buzz and Kaye were among the first non NDSU employed people I met in 1979. It was immediately apparent that they were a great team and wonderful parents. Their love for each other and their family ran deep. His soft spoken voice, consistent generosity, attention to others, twinkle in his eyes, and smile on his are things I will remember. Peace to Buzz and his family. A truly great man!

  18. The Marvin family became great friends. Tut enjoyed watching me try to catch a fish on Lake of the Woods and he and Mary always made me feel welcome in Warroad. Got to know Scott and Conway during my days of sportswriting. I covered several games that Buzz refereed. He was a good official and, after reading this obituary I feel I know him better. My prayers to the family. RIP.
    Abe Winter

    • Thank you for reaching out, Abe. Hockey was the common factor in the lives of our family and you. Buzz was a conscientious guy who followed the rules, and I’d like to think that played out in his refereeing. Lots to be learned from him, and we are grateful for family and friends who have supported us. Thanks, Mary Lynn (Buzz’s sister)

  19. Dear Kaye and family,
    How very sorry I am for your loss.
    Such a great guy, always a smile and a Hug !!
    A Mass Intention will be offered in his memory.
    Blessings and Love !

  20. Kaye,
    You and Buzz were so welcoming to Scott and I when we came to Warroad 32 years ago. Thinking of you and your beautiful family! I am praying for smiles throughout the tears as you remember a great husband, father, and grandfather.
    Traci and Scott

  21. Prayers to your family. Rest in Peace Buzz, thank you for your service.
    From all your Brothers at TRFFD

  22. Buzz was one of the most authentic, generous and kind people you could hope to meet. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. May the many beautiful memories you shared surround you and give you peace.

  23. Kaye and family,
    Our prayers to you and the family at this time. Buzz and Fred had many great times officiating the hockey games for years. Gods blessings today and in the days to come. You have many great memories to remember.

  24. I was a fraternity brother of Buzz and it was precious getting a chance to visit again this spring while watching our granddaughters both run at the state track meet. You will be missed by many.

  25. Kelly, Joe, Blake, Kellyn, Lauryn and family,
    Wishing you all peace, love and strength as you gather to reflect on your Dad and Grandpa’s life and legacy together.
    Kelly, now I can see where you got your kindness and spirit from!
    Thinking of you all and sending love from Duluth,
    MJ & Tony Kroska and family

  26. Kay and your families. We are so sorry to hear about Buzz, it was always fun to visit with you both when watching our grandsons at hockey camps and games After I was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago Buss and I talked for an entire game about our grandkids and life such a great guy.

  27. Kaye & Family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathies in your time of sorry.

    Buzz taught me many things about life on our hunting trips. I am honored to have taken five different trips with and am blessed with the hours of our conversations. I am also honored to have made it into “the book” on those many trips. I will miss him dearly. Congratulations on a life well lived. Enjoy eternal peace with our Lord and Savior.

  28. I was so sad to hear this news. I grew up with Buzz and always admired him and enjoyed our many adventures together, like our daredevil water skiing club (7 skiers behind one boat – his), working at Cal’s, etc.. We even roomed together for a time at the U-of-M. He certainly left his mark on the world and I wish you peace and strength Kaye and family.

    Bob Berglund

  29. I was saddened to hear the passing of Buzz. He was a soft spoken kind man, who will be missed greatly. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and the entire family.

  30. Sorry to hear the loss worked for Buzz at the Baker Location. Buzz was good man to work for enjoyed our conversations and his knowledge he will be missed.

  31. I couldn’t help but watch the live services because I couldn’t be there in Fargo today. Buzz was one of the first people I met when we moved to Warroad in 1970 and he always treated me like he had known me all of his life, part of the traits, I’m sure, he learned from Tut and Mary. I am so sorry he had to battle to the end but I wouldn’t expect it to be otherwise with Buzz and making the best he could of any situation. He was raised that way. My sympathies to Kaye, Kelly and Jamie and their families. Buzz, you will always be missed.

  32. I worked with Buzz my early days with Marvin back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I am still with Marvin working in the Indiana market. Buzz taught me a lot more than windows. Kay taught our daughter Savahanna in the early years and she is now a doctor in St Paul. Prayers to the family and a thank you for all the great memories from days past. God bless you all!

  33. Our sympathy to the whole family. Enjoyed being neighbors in TRF and thanks for encouraging us to move to Warroad. Hugs to Kaye, Kelly, and Jamie!

  34. Kay and Family,
    Please except are heartfelt sympathy on the passing. I had many adventures and fellowship times with buzz in the Outdoors. He was such a gentleman and kind person! I will miss very much our conversations and fellowship! Our prayers are with you and your Family.
    Best Regards,
    Jeff/Kathy Baumgartner

  35. So many great memories of Buzz, Kaye and girls in TRF.. Next door neighbors to our family (Robin Hood Dr.).. Helped host our HS graduations. From our Texas Ranch.. May God Bless and Comfort Kaye, girls and family.

  36. Sorry for your loss of buzz was unable to attend funeral dealing with a similar situation with my wife. She passed away on 17 January so I was in the hospital with her. Just heard about buses today. I would’ve contacted you sooner.

  37. I was at the funeral but have had Buzz in my mind ever since. All has been said about what a great person Buzz was and I agree with everyone on that! But most probably don’t know that he was also ahead of his time as a hockey official. In the 1970’s he convinced me to wear a helmet (he already was) and after he bought me one and forced it on my head I did too. We were the first referee’s at the high school state tourney to do so. Thanks for all the good times Buzz and it’s not o nay a great loss for the Marvin and the Dorn families, but for all that knew him.

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