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Celebrating the life of
Myron G. Marlay, Jr.
Passed away on September 24, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 1:00pm - Saturday, November 03, 2018
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • 47477 Trinity Church Road (Map)
    St. Marys City, Maryland 20686

Dear Marlay Family, Mike was such a wonderful friend to my parents Kay and Ralph Clark in St. Mary's City! From the carpentry he did in their (now my) home, to the party barge the "Flying Dutchman," to the years of support he provided to Kay after Ralph's death...his friendship, skills, and love are embedded in our family history and photo albums. I was saddened to hear of his passing, and want you to know that my husband John Paradis (the younger one) and I thought and talked about Mike often. His presence on the river here has been missed, and we will continue to think of him and Maggie fondly. We hope your happy memories of Mike sustain you through this difficult time and in the future. I believe John will be able to come to the memorial service, but unfortunately I will be in Michigan that weekend, and unable to come. My thoughts will be with you all, and I am sorry to miss it. Our best to all of Mike's family, Lani Clark

Lani Clark, St. Mary's City, MD

Our condolences to the family.Myron was my fathers cousin and they looked like brothers. We met several times. He visited Norway. We will remember his as a caring, generous and well-informed good man Turid SAndbakken and family

Turid Sandbakken, oslo, Norway

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 where Jehovah God promises to do away with death forever. We look forward to this wonderful hope in the near future. For more information and encouragement please visit jw.org.

Niecy, www.jw.org,

Thank you for sharing this wonderful man, your father, with all of us at Buckingham South. His gentle smile and kind heart wiil truely be missed. With love, Julie Patton

Julie Patton, Savannah, Ga

Myron George Marlay, Jr.

September 17, 1920 -- September 24, 2018

Myron “Mike” Marlay passed away peacefully on September 24, 2018, in Savannah, GA, with family by his side. He was 98.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Dr. Myron George Marlay, M.D., and Dagmar Pedersen, a registered nurse. He will be remembered as an outgoing, energetic and engaging personality, who invested in personal relationships and making lasting contributions to his friends, organizations and communities.

He graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1938. With his friend, Al Morrison, he rode his 1936 Indian motorcycle from Chicago to Los Angeles on the then recently commissioned “Mother Road”, U.S. Route 66. He then attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and was president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. At Drake, he met and married the love of his life, Margaret Alice “Maggie” Bump.

WW II interrupted their college plans. In 1942 Mike entered the Navy and earned his aviator wings at Pensacola, FL, where he proved to be an accomplished flyer. He became an instructor there and made a number of rough-sea air rescues of downed pilots in the Navy’s famous seaplane, the PBY Catalina. He later flew combat missions in the Pacific in the Navy’s PB4Y-2 patrol bomber, the Privateer, a modified B-24 Liberator.

After WWII, Mike and Maggie returned to Drake University to finish their degrees. He took a job in banking in Clarinda, Iowa, and organized a Boy Scout troop there, which graduated 8 Eagle Scouts. Decades later, these same men, then respected community leaders, honored Mike with testimonials recognizing his influence on their early lives.

Wartime once again interrupted Mike’s civilian life. He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War. When the war ended, he stayed in the Navy, serving in Seattle and Whidbey Island, Washington; Atsugi, Japan; Patuxent River, Maryland; Virginia Beach, VA; among other places. He retired in 1969.

Mike and Maggie then made a permanent home in St. Mary’s County, MD, where they bought 11 acres of undeveloped land along the St. Mary’s River. They cleared the land and built a house and home, mostly with their own hands. It faced the river and the setting sun and they called it Westerly.

Mike joined the St. Mary’s Metropolitan Commission as Chief Engineer and led the County’s implementation of the Clean Water Act of 1972. His projects brought modern sanitation to the County and helped stem pollution of local waters and the Chesapeake Bay. They also enabled the expansion of St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City and the consolidation of the Navy’s Air Systems Command at Patuxent River. He retired as MetCom Director in 1981. The County named the Taylor-Marlay Water Reclamation facility after him, in recognition of his leadership and contributions.

He was an active Rotarian with a 40 year record of perfect attendance. He championed Rotary’s role in the St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival, often serving as “King Oyster”. He hosted the Rotary Exchange Program, welcoming international exchange students at his home. Mike served as President of the Lexington Park Rotary and helped start Rotary clubs in Prince Frederick and Leonardtown, Maryland. He served as the Governor’s Senior Representative for Maryland clubs in 1994-1995 and was a Paul Harris Fellow. An annual Rotary scholarship was established in the Marlay name for his sustained service to his community and to Rotary.

Mike was instrumental in bringing modern medical services to St. Mary’s County. He served on the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Hospital for 6 years and was President of the Board from 1984 to 1988. He championed activities to expand facilities, modernize equipment, recruit and retain physicians, and transform the pay and benefits system. Mike was also President of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, marshalling the means needed for modernization. He and Maggie, together, led many fundraising campaigns over the years and donated generously.

Mike loved sailing almost as much as flying. He regularly participated in local races and hosted rendezvous at his home of sailors and guests. When sailing became too much for him, he enjoyed watching the boats sail by from his porch. He would always make time for the sun set over the St. Mary’s River and welcomed the “honk” of the blue heron at day’s end.

Both Mike and Maggie devoted time, energy and their personal resources to the preservation and advancement of Historic St. Mary’s City -- Maryland’s first capital, established by George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, in 1634. They hosted the Duke and Duchess of Kent for the 350th. They helped finance the discovery and exhumation of the 3 Calvert lead coffins and supported the reconstruction of the 17th Century Brick Chapel at St. Mary’s City. Both were honored at different times with the prestigious Cross Bottony Award, presented personally by the Governor of Maryland, for their service to the State of Maryland and its history.

Mike and Maggie were strong advocates and sustained supporters of education and local cultural and charitable activities. They created two scholarships at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, given annually, and in perpetuity, to outstanding students in science and language arts, respectively.

Throughout his life, a consistent theme that best emblemized his pursuits was “service above self”.

Mike was predeceased by his father, mother and sister Ruth Dagmar Marlay. He is survived by his brother, Warren Leif Marlay, three children, Dr. Robert Marlay and wife, Nancy Tate, of Arlington, VA; Dr. Steven Marlay and wife, Jen Jolley, of Savannah, GA; , and Margaret “Peggy” Wagner and husband, Joel, of Wethersfield, CT; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s City, Maryland.

Contributions in Mike’s memory may be made to the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, 25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

 

 

 

 

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Dear Marlay Family, Mike was such a wonderful friend to my parents Kay and Ralph Clark in St. Mary's City! From the carpentry he did in their (now my) home, to the party barge the "Flying Dutchman," to the years of support he provided to Kay after Ralph's death...his friendship, skills, and love are embedded in our family history and photo albums. I was saddened to hear of his passing, and want you to know that my husband John Paradis (the younger one) and I thought and talked about Mike often. His presence on the river here has been missed, and we will continue to think of him and Maggie fondly. We hope your happy memories of Mike sustain you through this difficult time and in the future. I believe John will be able to come to the memorial service, but unfortunately I will be in Michigan that weekend, and unable to come. My thoughts will be with you all, and I am sorry to miss it. Our best to all of Mike's family, Lani Clark

Lani Clark, St. Mary's City, MD

Our condolences to the family.Myron was my fathers cousin and they looked like brothers. We met several times. He visited Norway. We will remember his as a caring, generous and well-informed good man Turid SAndbakken and family

Turid Sandbakken, oslo, Norway

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 where Jehovah God promises to do away with death forever. We look forward to this wonderful hope in the near future. For more information and encouragement please visit jw.org.

Niecy, www.jw.org,

Thank you for sharing this wonderful man, your father, with all of us at Buckingham South. His gentle smile and kind heart wiil truely be missed. With love, Julie Patton

Julie Patton, Savannah, Ga


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