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Marv D Seda

October 24, 1931 ~ September 13, 2020 (age 88)


Marv was known to his family and friends as an avid fisherman, U.S. Air Force veteran, world traveler, and tireless builder of a series of homes which became his part of his living legacy. Marvin was born in Alliance, Nebraska on October 24, 1931 to parents Rudolph and Alice Seda (Shimek).

The Seda Family moved to Oregon in 1937 and eventually settled in Waldport with siblings Joycelyn and Alvin. Early experiences include being a Boy Scout, fishing and crabbing, playing basketball at Waldport High school, painting the Heceta and Yaquina Head Lighthouses, and logging to make way for Hwy 101.

At 19 years old, Marv was drafted into the US Navy during the Korean War, and after 1 year he switched to the USAir Force where he served for 19 years as a navigator and retired at the rank of Major. Marv earned his Bachelor’s degree, in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Project Management from University of Southern California (USC) through the military and was a lifelong fan of college football and a dedicated Trojan. He was employed with USC’s overseas education program, where met his wife Etsuko Iwami in Tokyo, 1975.

In 1976, Marv and Etsuko moved to Edmonds, Washington where they married and started a family and welcomed two daughters Michelle and Yuki. In 1983 they moved to Whidbey Island and built their first house on top of a hill which still bears the name Seda Road where they stayed until 2000. Throughout his life he was passionate about building and experimented in creating throughout his lifetime whether it was furniture-making or home construction. He was the contractor of his last four homes he lived in: 1983 on Whidbey Island, 2002 in Yachats, 2005 in Scappoose and 2012 in Waldport. His last days were spent at his home in Waldport, overlooking the Alsea River watching fishermen through binoculars and being excited about the start of college football.

Marv is survived by his wife, Etsuko and his two daughters Michelle Morris and Yuki Seda-Kane, and his three grandchildren, and his brother Alvin Seda. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joycelyn Kent. Due to circumstances a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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