Marvin S. Leshin; husband, father, businessman and community leader; died at the age of 96 on May 12, 2018.
Marvin spent his formative years in Robstown where his parents operated Leshin's, a prominent dry goods store. He surmounted the challenges he faced when he was afflicted with polio when he was five years old. Even though he skipped a year of grade school, Marvin graduated from Robstown High School in 1939 as Valedictorian.
After his high school graduation, Marvin attended the University of Texas. Due to the impact of the Great Depression on Robstown, Marvin worked hard to put himself through his first two years of college. He desperately wanted to be a sports journalist but realized that he would be better able to support his future family with an accounting degree. When the United States entered World War II, he served as an accountant in Europe with the Army resulting from his studies as an accounting major at the University. When the War was over, Marvin returned to the University to obtain his accounting degree. His love of the University and for all of the Longhorn teams never faltered.
Immediately after graduation, Marvin returned to Robstown. While working in Robstown, he fell in love with Yetta Levinson, and he traveled every weekend to Houston to be with Yetta. They would have celebrated their 67th anniversary on June 5. Yetta and Marvin made their loving home in Robstown until 1992 when they moved to Corpus Christi.
Yetta and Marvin had three sons, Richard, Steve and Len. Each of his sons endured the heat, the grain itch and the long hours each summer working in the grain elevator from age eight until graduation from college. Marvin so prized education that he used those summers working in the grain elevator to convince his sons to seek careers in medicine or law.
The owner of South Texas Feed & Seed Company who hired Marvin died in the early 1960's and Marvin and Don Peterson purchased the business. The feed store delivered feed made in its mill throughout South Texas. Marvin was often consulted by ranchers and dairy farmers as an expert in nutrition for livestock. Don and Marvin also owned and operated Gulf Coast Grain & Elevator Corp. which purchased grain sorghum from farmers in Nueces County and Kleberg County. South Texas Feed & Seed Co. and Gulf Coast Grain & Elevator Corp. closed in 1992, and Yetta and Marvin moved to Corpus Christi.
Marvin was very active in civic life in Robstown. He served as President of the Robstown Rotary Club and wrote its weekly bulletins for years. He served as Chair of the Robstown Parks and Recreation Department when the major park in Robstown was developed. He was also very active in city and school politics and attempted to promote harmony during periods of political strife.
He was also very active in Bnai Israel Synagogue in Corpus Christi of which his father was a founder. Marvin served multiple terms on the Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the merger of the Synagogue with Temple Beth El.
Family was critical to Marvin. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He loved being with his beloved Yetta, his sons and daughters-in-law, his grandchildren and their spouses, and his great-grandchildren.
Marvin is survived by Yetta; Richard and his wife Pam; Steve and his wife Laura; Len and his wife Bobbie; along with his grandchildren Leigh and her husband Jonathan, Chase and his wife Krysten, Lindsay and her husband Todd, Hilary, Maggie, Nathan, Avi, and six great- grandchildren.
Marvin was buried on May 13, 2018 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends contributions to Congregation Beth Israel, 4402 Saratoga, Corpus Christi, Texas 78413 and Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place East, Suite 200, Landover, Maryland 20785.