Marvin Shockey, 55, of Rock Springs, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where he had been a patient for the previous nine days. He had been a resident of Rock Springs for the past seven years and former resident of California.
He was born on March 24, 1961 in Denver, the son of Melvin L and Patricia J. Perkins Shockey. Shockey was a 1979 graduate of the El Camino High School. He attended and graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a bachelor of science degree. He married Julie Hanlin Shockey in Sacramento, Calif. on June 2, 1984. Shockey was a flight engineer for the United States Air Force for 23 years and served from June 12, 1984 until July 31, 2003 when he retired and received his honorable discharge. During his career, he was a boom operator. At the time of his death he was an adjunct professor at Western Wyoming Community College. He was a high school swimming coach in Vacaville, Calif. and at the Rock Springs High School.
He loved being outdoors, enjoyed being with his family and triathlons. He competed in more than 100 triathlons, including the Hawaiian Iron Man.
Survivors include wife Julie of Rock Springs; two daughters, Jilliann Sweeney and husband Shane and Catheryn Miller and husband Ben, all of Rock Springs; son Stuart Shockey of Rock Springs; grandchildren Lilliann Shockey, Abi Gayle Shockey, Myles Miller, Tyler Sweeney, Brittany Sweeney, and Brianna Sweeney; parents Mel and Pat Shockey of Wilton, Calif.; paternal grandmother Dixie Shockey of Loveland, Colo.; one brother Shawn Shockey and wife Kris of Carmichael, Calif..
The family of Marvin Shockey respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to University of Utah Patient and Family Housing, 2080 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 or the American Legion Archie Hay Post No. 24 in Rock Springs.
Military honors and graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at 608 A Street, Rock Springs.