Marvin W. Quinlan Jr., age 65 of Forsyth, MT passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday April 20, 2022, at the family ranch in Forsyth. Marvin was born on May 16, 1956, to Marvin W. Quinlan Sr. and Leona Marie (Mickell) Quinlan in Billings, MT.
Growing up, Marvin was very active in 4-H and FFA. He earned many awards in these organizations. In FFA he received the State Degree and the American Farmer Degree. After graduating from Forsyth High School in 1974, Marvin went on to get his bachelor’s degree from Montana State University. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Marvin earned a Law degree from Seattle University.
Marvin married Allison Pratt on August 1, 1981. They lived in Tacoma while Marvin worked on his law degree and working many jobs. He was always willing to tell you about his unique experiences in Washington, from working at a funeral home to driving around Prince in a limo. Marvin moved to Bozeman after his divorce and worked as a lawyer before moving back home to Forsyth where he would work as the County Attorney and own his own practice.
Marvin believed in education and continuing to better yourself with knowledge. In doing that he traveled a lot. Some notables he enjoyed sharing his experiences in were Israel, New York City and the Twin Towers, Washington DC, and Minneapolis where he helped work a beef cattle deal with China.
He later lived on the family ranch, ranching, and volunteering countless hours to many organizations. He believed in organizations that helped people and helped the community. He was currently serving as the Congregation President for Concordia Lutheran Church, Board President of Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits, Board member of the Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County, Board Vice President and Board Development Director of One Health Community Health Center Network, Board Chair of Rosebud County Council on Aging, Board Member of Rosebud County Planning Board, and Board Member of Forsyth Friends of Shakespeare. He volunteered for Magic City Blues Festival and one of his favorites, The Montana Rescue Mission.
Marvin was always involving himself in statewide endeavors to leverage more resources and investment in Eastern Montana especially for his hometown of Forsyth.
Marvin was a natural and experienced leader he understood the challenges of small, rural communities and was knowledgeable about small unstaffed community foundations. Marvin is a fifth generation Montanan who managed the family ranch. He was a cattle rancher, attorney, business consultant, community advocate, servant leader, and catalyst for change. He was actively engaged in diverse issues ranging from early childhood education, affordable housing and elder care to state-wide community building and international agriculture. He wrote for the local, regional, and national publications.
If you ever attended a meeting that Marvin was presenting, he enjoyed good -hearted foolishness and had a great timing for cracking jokes that would lighten the load of sometimes way-too serious Board discussions. He was a strong and steady voice in strategically advocating the expansion of programs that could reach and benefit Montana’s small and geographically isolated rural communities.
Marvin was a great inspiration to many people. With joy and gratitude, we should all celebrate his life of service to humankind.
In lieu of flowers, Marvin’s family would welcome friends making donations to the Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County to support its grant making program or to their favorite charitable organizations.
Marvin is survived by his son, Aaron Michael Quinlan, his sisters Brenda Duncan (Daryl), Christy Bierlein, and Michelle Allen (Dave), his niece Emily Iversen, his nephews D.C. (Erin), Ryan (Ciara), David (Marni) and many great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father Marvin, mother Leona, sister Elizabeth, his grandparents, his great niece Alexis Pedersen, along with a very good friend, Dennis Harrison.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 5-7 PM at Concordia Lutheran Church in Forsyth. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM at Concordia Lutheran Church in Forsyth on Monday, May 2, 2022. Burial will follow at the Forsyth Cemetery. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home have been entrusted with arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website at www.stevensonandsons.com.