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Obituary for Marvin Edward Sasnett Sr.

Marvin Edward Sasnett was born on January 28, 1934, in Latimer County, OK to William Edward Sasnett and Scotty Cornelius (Dixon) Sasnett. He entered the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 9, 2022. He was 88 years old.

Shortly after graduating from LeFlore High School, he sold his horse and saddle for $100 and headed to California. His goal was to be a Merchant Seaman. A shoreman strike turned his work pursuit in another direction. Missing out on a promotion because of his draft status, he returned to Oklahoma to enlist in the U.S. Army. Later he became a member of the 82nd Airborne, rising to the rank of Corporal and making thirteen parachute jumps. He was a proud patriotic American.

Following his honorable discharge on May 10, 1955, he returned to Oklahoma and eventually began work as an oilfield machinist for Acme Tool, OKC. Around 1960, Acme transferred Marvin to Woodward, OK, making him the youngest machine shop foreman in the company. Here he raised his family and built a highly respected reputation across the oilfield of someone who could build tools to get the normal and odd job done. It is an understatement to say Marvin was a hard worker. He leaves behind many capable oilfield machinists who have become very successful in their own right. Marvin’s legacy will last for generations in the oilfield.

Marvin enjoyed water skiing, hunting, horseback riding, traveling, and westerns. They were opportunities to be surrounded by family and friends. There’s no counting the number he taught to water ski. Hunting brought the men of the family around him. It was all for fun, but his goodness and decency made an impact on all of us.

Every child in the family has at one time had a monkey drawn on their hand and ran across the living room getting a foot roped in the process. He was a storyteller and some of his best stories were about his family. Everyone has a story about his generosity. His warm, friendly nature made him a natural to serve as a greeter at Northeast Baptist Church. This was preceded by his most important decision to pray and receive Jesus as his Savior. Many times, he passed along to others the same gospel tract that he used to become a Christian. He also did much good in his service with the Masons and Shriners. He enjoyed being a part of the dune buggy patrol at parades.

His wife, Joyce, was the love of his life. They worked together for many years at Sasco. Joyce said he didn’t tell her how to run the office and she didn’t tell him how to run the machine shop. It was a successful combination in the home and work. In their retirement, which didn’t start until his eighties, they traveled, enjoyed time with friends and family, and he even accompanied Joyce to hair and nail appointments! They were inseparable.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Daniel Sasnett; stepdaughter June DeRousse; two brothers, Dale and Jim; three sisters; Loyce McFerran, Jane Carter, and Doris Pope.

He leaves wonderful memories with those who survive, his wife of 38 happy years, Joyce; three children Pastor Ed Sasnett and wife Carol; Juanita Kay Love and husband Danny; Brenda Sasnett; stepdaughter JoAnne Weaver and husband Jerry; one sister Geneva Bell; two half-brothers, Eddy Wayne Sasnett and Harley Joe Sasnett; eight grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; five great step grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren; his brothers-in-laws Junior Lawrence and John Lawrence; sisters-in-laws Jean Lovelace and Ruth Summar and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

This list is a reflection of the great expanse of love he had for others and the love that others had for him. It reflects a life well lived. “Lord Jesus, we thank you for the life of Marvin Sasnett. Amen.”

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