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Marvin John Loar

01/08/1938 - 10/20/2019
Service Date: 10/26/2019
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: 41246 North Barnes Parkway, San Tan Valley, Arizona 85140
Visitation Date: 10/25/2019
Visitation Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa
Interment: Mountain View Cemetery,7900 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85207

 Marvin John Loar 81, died peacefully at home surrounded by family and loved ones October 20, 2019. Marvin was born in Farmington, NM on January 8, 1938. He married his sweetheart, Janice Christensen Loar on December 19, 1961 for time and all eternity in the Mesa, AZ Temple. He was loved and adored by all who knew him. He lived a life full of faith, sacrifice, service and love. He will be greatly missed. Marvin is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Janice Christensen Loar and his sons Shaun David Loar and Shannon Mark Loar. He is survived by five children. Sheldon Lee (Sherry) Loar, Sherwin Von (Tylene) Loar, Shane Merrill (Laura) Loar, Shalynn Kenneth (Allison) Loar, and Sherri Ann (Shane) Merkley. He is also survived by 22 adoring grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2019 from 7-9pm at the Bunker Funeral Home, 3529 E. University Dr. Mesa, AZ 85213. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11am with visitation from 10-10:30am prior to services at the LDS church building, located at 41426 N. Barnes Parkway, Queen Creek, AZ 85140.  


  • To the Amazing and Loving Loar Family, my heart is with you at this time with the passing of your dear Dad. I knew him best through knowing you and the fine caliber of people your parents have raised. I’m glad to call you all, Sherwin, whose especially near to me, and sweet Sherri to Me and my sister, our friends. The light of a parent’s spirit is passed on and through their children. Your parents truly left their mark on the world with all of you kids. No doubt their reunion is sweet and they proudly pour their love, pride, and joy down upon all of you fulfilling your earthly journey. On behalf of my family and I, we send you our love❣️🙏🏼 “Mandy” 😔

  • Dear Loar family, I was saddened to hear from Steve Cris yesterday of your father’s passing. You may remember me as Glen Palmer’s wife, Karol. Marv and Jan knee Glen from Farmington and we’re our attendants at our wedding. Each of you kids were born about the same time as ours and we, Jan and I, were comparing notes regularly. The last time I saw Marv was when Dewey and Buddy brought him to see Glen just months before Glen passed. What great friends your parents were/are. I hope I can get to see some of you sometime. I had surgery 2 weeks ago and can’t travel yet but know I have you in my prayers and will especially be there in Spirit Saturday. Love, peace and comfort to you.

  • Sending sincere sympathy your way. Your Dad raised a great son. The goodness of his life reflects in the life of you Sheldon my friend.

  • Tom and Cindy Luna

    What a great example he was of living a life of service mixed with humor! His knowledge of and ability to articulate the gospel message was amazing, when Marv explained a gospel principle it made more sense! He will be greatly missed! Onward and Upward our dear friend❤️❤️❤️

  • Steve and Tam Svedin

    We loved Marv and Jan. He was an example to so many. He raised a great family that has blessed our lives. We send our love to you all. Love, Steve and tam

  • Sheldon, we know this is a sad time for your family…the separation of a loved is difficult. So grateful for the gospel to give us hope and peace. It was a pleasure for Kent and I to meet your father when he visited 14th ward. Sending love and prayers your way! Sondra and Kent Pocock

  • I loved and admired Marvin and Janice. Such fine people. My sympathy to his family.

  • We send our love to the family. May you all be blessed and love each other forever.
    Glenn and Patsy Neff Mead

  • Glenn and Patsy Mead

    We love this family.

  • Ron & LaReta Blackham

    What a great man. He will be missed by all who knew him. What a precious reunion he had with his precious Janice. Condolences to the family left behind.

  • Marv and I shared many good and some sad moments together during the years we were friends. I know how much I miss him and how much his family on this side of the veil will miss him. Happy trails Marvin Loar.

  • Our lives are better by knowing and feeling the sweet Spirit Bro Loar carried. Indeed a man of integrity and service. Thank you for being our friends. Without a doubt your mom ran into his arms and they lovingly embraced. I have little doubt my mom and your mom have prepared well for his arrival. Love to you all! The Gardner Family

  • All my love. I can’t help but feel to rejoice on this occasion rather than to mourn. Marv and Jan are together again without their braces and earthly shackles. I see them dancing together to celebrate the success of their family and their earthly lives—leaders and guides for us all true end. I admonish their family to remember them with love, and pride. They have certainly always given me support, love and good advice—even though I never knew it at the time. My deepest admiration and even envy to their children for such a heritage that they have. I’ll love you all forever. Jan, save me a dance.

  • Lewis, DeAnna Johnson & Shane

    Marv was very special , as was Jan. I know that they are happy together and will do more super things!
    Our thoughts are with all of you as you miss him, but celebrate his life!

  • Lewis, DeAnna Johnson & Shane

    Marv was very special , as was Jan. I know that they are happy together and will do more super things!
    Our thoughts are with all of you as you miss him, but celebrate his life!

  • Lewis, DeAnna Johnson & Shane

    Marv was very special , as was Jan. I know that they are happy together and will do more super things!
    Our thoughts are with all of you as you miss him, but celebrate his life!

  • Tom & Jo Davidson

    We love your parents. They touched our lives deeply. Our love goes to all the family.

  • Jerry L. and Eloise Stowell

    We send our sincere condolences and sympathy to all the Loar family. Marv was a great and wonderful man, and was loved and admired by all who knew him. What a happy and blessed time to think of Marv and Jan together once again and now never again to be separated.

  • I just found out “Elder Loar” passed. He and his wife changed my life when they were missionaries at the Utah State Prison in Gunnison. He gave me a copy of his book THE ETERNAL DRAMA which I was reading today and the thought occurred to me to look him up. I was sad to hear he passed but happy to know he is with Janice. Since Prison and the classes they taught me about the gospel I was married, had kids, went through the temple and changed my life. He will always have a special spot in my heart.

  • I love Marvin loar he was good to me he was my brother. God is with him even stronger now than was happy journey my love I am always with you.(Amen)

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