SONORA - Marvin F. Shurley, 52, lost his courageous battle with cancer on April
20, 2009 in Tulsa, Okla. Marvin was a fourth generation rancher in the Edwards
Plateau area of Texas where his family has been involved in ranching for over 90
years. His great-grandfather started ranching in Sutton County Texas in 1893, and
he was raised since birth in a commercial ranching environment. He was a
livestock owner since the age of 14, starting with a gift of Angus cattle from his
grandfather, and was involved in meat goat production as his primary ranch
enterprise since 1990. Marvin received such joy in sharing his ranch and love of
the outdoors and hunting with his family and friends. He provided many "first"
hunts over the years. He helped with the hunter safety courses, teaching archery
to many young hunters. He was fortunate to have traveled to Alaska, British
Columbia and Africa to hunt. He was a TS&GRA, ABGA, ASI, USAHA, NIAA, and
A.M.G.A. member. He served on the board of directors of the American Meat Goat
Association since 1996, and was president of that association until his illness
prevented him from effectively serving. At the time of his death he was first vice
president of TS&GRA and was on many other goat related committees. He also
served as vice president of the Sutton County Historical society and vice president
of the Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital board. He was well involved in ongoing
efforts to develop better inter-association relationships between the various goat
breed associations and registries and had worked towards guiding legislative and
regulatory issues affecting the U.S. goat industry. Marvin was also a pro-active
supporter of cooperative efforts between all goat associations and the American
sheep industry and it's representative organizations. He is recognized as one of
the figureheads in the U.S. goat industry, both nationally and abroad. As well he
believed in protecting the interest of all U.S. agricultural producers regardless of
what commodity they produce, as well as promoting the meat goat industry. His
feelings towards American agriculture can best be summed up by a quote
Benjamin Franklin made at the signing of our Declaration of Independence, "We
must all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately,"
Marvin was born on Oct. 20, 1956, in Sonora, Texas, to David Derry and Nancy
Royster Shurley. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather
Raymond Neill Johnson Jr.; his mother-in-law, Patsy Hutcherson, who once said
she couldn't love him more if she had given birth to him; and his beloved son
Nicholas Everett Shurley.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Wanda; stepchildren Jon Cody Gann, Kevin Bruce
Gann and Amy Kay Gann; his sister, Derry Lynn Summer; brother M.D.Shurley;
and stepbrothers Neill Johnson III and wife Cindy, and Clark Johnson and wife
Betty. He is also survived by Wanda's brothers and sisters who loved him as a
brother, Jan Kaiser, Tommy Paxton, Hank Hutcherson, Tim Hutcherson, Rick
McCluney, Sandy Hutcherson and Jeff Hutcherson; and many nieces and
nephews. His grandchildren will miss their Pops.
Family visitation will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at Kerbow Funeral Home
in Sonora. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, at the Church
of the Good Shepard in Sonora, Texas, with burial to follow in the Sonora