Marvin “Val” Hudson passed away Aug. 23, 2013 at his home in San Manuel, Arizona.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Lou, daughter, Sonya Justice (Dennis), son, Larry Hudson (Mary), daughter, Janet Gutierrez (Victor), and two brothers, Carl (Velma) Hudson and Cloyce (Earla) Hudson. He leaves behind his grandchildren Kristina Gutierrez, Monica Hudson, Stefanie (Luis Estrada) Gutierrez, Brennan Justice, Gabriel (Anna) Hudson, Connor Justice, David Hudson, Miranda Gutierrez, and Jennifer Hudson. He leaves behind 4+ great-grandchildren, Emily, Kiana, Jocelyn, Juliana and the future, Kirra.
Val was born July 3, 1931, the fourth of eight children, in Electra, Texas. A product of the depression, he grew up all over north Texas wherever there was work to be found. In 1949, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served stateside during the Korean War. He was discharged December 1952 and returned to his “hometown”, Electra, Texas. He met a pretty little redhead in 1953 and they wed on July 15, 1955, much to the dismay of her family and the great joy of their future children! After their first child was born, economic conditions led Val to seek better employment in the San Manuel mine in 1957. His second and third children were born in San Manuel. His first job with Magma was the plant site bucking room in the lab. He transferred to the mine as a pipefitter. He advanced to the mechanical department and eventually became one of the hoist mechanics achieving the level of journeyman machinist. He retired from Magma in 1991. In the years since retirement, he managed the home, travelled with his wife and relished his role as “Papa” to his nine grandchildren.
Soreo Hospice nurse Rachel Womack will forever be remembered by Val’s family for helping to assure a peaceful transition. Dr. Rosenberg, Janet Bruce (APRN), and the nurses and staff of Arizona Oncology who guided Val along his journey will also be in their thoughts.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 a memorial service will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church in San Manuel at 10 a.m., followed by a celebration of Val’s life at the San Manuel Elks Club.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the building fund of the Community Presbyterian Church in San Manuel.