Marvin Thomas Blackweasel was born in Browning, Mont. on Sept. 26, 1955, and passed away on Jan. 24, 2021 at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., from complications of COVID-19.
Marvin’s parents are Jess Blackweasel and Wilma (Rides At The Door) Blackweasel. He grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation and attended elementary and high school. While in high school he was a member of the French Club that traveled to France, and he ran cross country. He graduated from Browning High School in May 1973.
Marvin liked to travel and visit places with culture and great restaurants. He attended the Culinary Arts School in Seattle. He also attended South Seattle College for general studies. Marvin went to college in Santa Fe, N.M. He was a very talented cook and chef in many cafes around the United States. When he graduated from Culinary Art School, he was employed as second chef at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. He had an honorable discharge.
Marvin loved cooking, baking and studying new recipes. Reading was a great pleasure for Marvin. He enjoyed beading and other arts and crafts. He enjoyed shopping for nice clothes, jewelry and gifts for friends and family members.
The last few years of Marvin’s life he did enormous volunteer work, he served on the Elders Council for the Seattle Indian Health Board in Seattle. He served on the Tenant Association Board for Jefferson Terrace where he resided. He served on the Leadership Committee for the Lived Experience Coalition, advocating for the homeless.
Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, Jess Blackweasel and Wilma Rides At The Door Blackweasel; grandparents James (Jim) Blackweasel; great grandparents Blackweasel formerly known as Mountain Chief, and Sparks Blackweasel, Dick Rides At The Door and Mabel Rides At The Door; siblings Barbara Adams, Ramona Black-weasel, Anita Rose Blackweasel, Robert Means, Leonard Means, Clayton Graham and Clement Blackweasel.
Marvin is survived by his brother, Michael Graham of Wounded Knee, S.D.; sisters Theodora (Kenny) Weatherwax, JoAnn (Vern) Grinell of Box Elder, S.D.; numerous nehphews, nieces and cousins; stepmother Doreen Blackweasel; step sisters Martha Marceau and Margie Diver; step brother Dale Vaile; adopted sister Rhea Morgan, her daughters and grandchildren as his family. Stephan Burrious and Omar Upham were very close family members. Marvin had some very dear friends in Seattle, Browning and other locations.
Wake and rosaries were held at the Smoke Shack on Feb. 1, and closing services were held at the Little Flower Parish in Browning. Interment was at Willow Creek Cemetery with military honors.
Thanks to all the family members, friends and individuals who sent cards, flower, calls, food and other assistance. Thanks for the support during a time of great sorrow. Take care and be safe.