Representative Marvin Wesley Smith View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 10/13/1982
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 63 (1969) - 64 (1971)
House: 57 (1957) - 62 (1967)
Home County: O’Brien
Family Members Who Served in the Iowa Legislature: Father: George W. Smith; GAs 41 - 43
Marvin Wesley Smith
O’Brien County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Marvin W. Smith, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Marvin Smith was born near Ireton, Iowa, February 25, 1901, to George W. Smith and Effie Troutman Smith. He passed away October 13, 1982, at a Paullina retirement center.

Mr. Smith was a graduate of Paullina High School. In 1923, he earned a degree from Iowa State University in animal husbandry.

The Smith family farmed for thirty-eight years, during which time he raised purebred hogs and cattle. Marvin managed the Sioux City Interstate Shorthorn Sale and the Sioux Empire Shorthorn Sale at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

He was an honorary member of the county and state 4-H organization and has served on the state 4-H Council. He was active in community affairs and was a member and elder in the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Smith served as a member of the Iowa House in the 57th, 58th, 59th, 60th, 61st, and 62nd General Assemblies (1957-1968), and in the Iowa Senate in the 63rd and 64th General Assemblies (1969-1972).

He is survived by his wife, Mable; three daughters, Helen Pauling of Paullina, Frances Burgess of Denison and Margaret McGregor of Lakewood, Colorado. Survivors also include a brother, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Seventieth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Marvin W. Smith, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate, by this resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to his community, state and nation and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be entered into the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to each member of Mr. Smith’s family.