Marvin Gerald Balis passed away peacefully at the Pocatello Veterans Home on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, four and a half hours before his 95th birthday.
Marvin was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Filer, Idaho. He was raised on a farm located on Tipperary Corner, Eden, Idaho. He attended Russell Lane High School, where he played basketball and baseball. He was a great pitcher.
After high school, Marvin joined the Marine Corps. World War II was still raging, and he was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif. He was designated a rifle sharpshooter in the Pacific area, and honorably discharged Aug. 24, 1946, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
In 1952, he married Betty Marcellino Monk, and the family moved to Las Vegas, Nev. Marvin worked for the government at the Nevada Nuclear Test site as a heavy equipment operator.
In 1971, the family moved back to Hailey, Idaho, and Marvin bought a backhoe and was self-employed dba Balis Construction. Betty died suddenly of heart failure in 1979.
Marvin met and married Lucille Kreim Petzel in 1980. She was born and raised in American Falls and they have been happily married for 40 years.
They retired in 1990 and moved to Jerome, Idaho, on the golf course. He liked fishing, hunting and camping, but loved golfing. Marvin golfed five days a week and was proud to say he made two hole-in-ones after his 80th birthday.
In 2015, Marvin and Lucille moved to Pocatello, Idaho, to be closer to her children, and she loved that area.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Edith Balis of Twin Falls; his daughter Rosalie Balis Harrison of Hailey; grandson, Boe Balis of Bellevue; siblings, Kenneth (Leila) Balis of Salt Lake City, Utah, Marjorie (Jack) Baldwin of Ely, Nev., and Fred (Shirley) Balis of Downey, Idaho.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lucille; daughters Nance (Don) Shepherd of Pocatello and Ginny Balis (Dean) Adamcik of Bellevue; son, Jim (Bobbie) Balis of West Magic; son-in-law Ron Harrison of Hailey; stepchildren, Randy (Patty) Petzel and Pam Petzel of Pocatello; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be a 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Hailey Cemetery. Messages and photos may be shared at Marvin’s memorial page at woodriverchapel.com.