Marvin "Mike" MaxeyJuly 28, 1947 ~ November 15, 2017 (age 70)
Marvin Eugene Maxey, known as Mike Maxey departed this world peacefully on November 15th, with his son at his side, at the age of 70.
Forged by the United States Marine Corps, he fought to the bitter end, but never lost is dry wit or sense of charm.
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1947, his family moved back to their ancestral home in South Carolina before his third birthday. A graduate of the Camden Military Academy, it was no surprise that Mike volunteered and enlisted in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam conflict.
The USMC, and the relationships he made there, were carried in his heart every day of his life. Mike did two tours in Vietnam, from 1966-1969, and was involved in some of fiercest combat seen by US forces; including operations in Hue and Khe Sanh, and was twice awarded the Purple Heart.
After an honorable discharge, it was back to South Carolina and Tennessee, where he worked as a Private Investigator with the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Eventually the mountains of his birthplace, and the construction boom of the 1980’s called him back to Oregon, where the town of Zigzag near Mt. Hood became his home.
During this time an opportunity to work on the Alaska Pipeline was available, and Mike drove the ALCAN highway and made his first trip to The Last Frontier, a place that he would later call home for 17 years.
But it was back to Oregon after the job. In 1983, Marvin Eugene ‘Spud’ Maxey III came along. After a few more years in the northwest, it was back to South Carolina, and the company of a great many relatives.
Finally, in 2000, the lure of Alaska and the chance to hunt and fish in the shadow of the mountains was realized. Residing in the town of North Pole, and working first as a municipal clerk, and then as a campground manager, and eventually retiring in 2006.
Mike is survived by his son, Marvin E. ‘Spud’ Maxey III, his sister Nancy Henderson (North Carolina), and his nephews John Henderson (South Carolina), William Spicer (California), and Michael Spicer (Oregon).
In lieu of any donations, Mike Maxey asks that you conduct yourself with honor.
Arrangements were entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home, 482-3232. Online condolences may be sent to blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com