Longtime Woodinville resident remembered for his heart of gold

  • Written by Deborah Stone
Marv Workman
Marv Workman
Marv Workman was a community-minded man who never hesitated to help others in need.

The longtime Woodinville resident, who recently passed away, is  remembered by many for his civic leadership and philanthropic spirit.

He was a founding trustee of the Northshore Scholarship Foundation, a charter member of the Woodinville Rotary Club and that organization’s first full-term president.

“He put family and community first,” comments John Hughes, one of Workman’s closest friends. “And he could always be relied on to make things better in Woodinville. He really cared about this town and loved living here.”

In recognition of Workman’s many contributions over the years, the Rotary Club established the Marv Workman Business Scholarship at UW Bothell.

“A group of past presidents of Rotary Club proposed this back in 2006,” explains Hughes. “We knew that Marv valued higher education and that the scholarship would be a way to help students achieve their educational goals.”

He adds, “It’s an annual scholarship that goes to an upper division business student at the university and it’s renewable for one year.”

When Workman learned about what the Rotary Club had done in his honor, he was genuinely pleased and touched, though according to Hughes, he never boasted about it to anyone.

“Marv liked being in the background, making things happen without calling a lot of attention to himself,” adds Hughes.

Terry Jarvis, another friend and fellow Rotarian, describes Workman as a hard-working man who also enjoyed having fun.

“He was an accountant with his own business,” comments Jarvis. “But, he was not your typical white shirt accountant. He had a tremendous sense of humor and got a kick out of good jokes. We did many memorable pranks together.”

The Woodinville man, together with his wife, Carolyn, raised four children: Joe, Andy, Jennifer and Jill.

Jennifer recalls her dad’s passion for the Huskies and the good-natured competition she and her siblings (all WSU grads and Cougar fans) had with him when it came to sports.

“I loved watching football with him because we had this great rivalry, which was a lot of fun,” she says. “He enjoyed watching sports and got excited about the game. I remember playing soccer as a kid and he would be running up and down the side of the field, super excited and enthusiastic. One thing about my dad is that no matter how hard he worked at his job, he never missed coming to one of our activities, whether it was sports or ballet or anything we did. We could count on him to be there for us and we knew we had his support.”

Jennifer’s older brother Joe notes that his father was not only a spectator at games, but was also sometimes a participant.

For a number of years, he played softball on a team consisting of CPAs, called the Tax Dodgers.

“We thought that was pretty funny,” says Joe.

Workman was an avid outdoorsman, who took his kids fishing and camping, and every summer the clan would head to Whidbey Island to stay in the family cabin.

“We had some really memorable times up there,” adds Joe. “It was a very special place for all of us.”

Leading by example was Workman’s style. He was an excellent role model for his kids and for others in the community.

“He taught me about being good to others,” explains Joe, “and to treat people with respect. He instilled in me the importance of understanding and acceptance of others, as well as a sense of responsibility. These are values that I am passing down to my three children now.”

Though Workman could be very serious when necessary, he also had a silly side that Joe remembers well.

“He liked to dress up in funny clothes or wear weird hats, depending on the occasion,” he says. “And he loved the All Fools Day Parade.” He adds, “My dad kept his sense of humor up until the very end.”

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