Marvin E. Stallcop was born February 14,1943 in Havre, Montana to Eugene and Anne Stallcop. He died in Boise, Idaho on October 9, 2022.
Marvin was the son of the local Pepsi Cola bottler and grandson of a Norwegian farmer. He attended school in Havre and graduated with honors from Havre High School. He attended his first two years of college at Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri. After hearing a traveling quartet from NNU perform in Havre, he transferred to Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho where he graduated from NNU with a Bachelor of Music in 1965 and was immediately hired as a music faculty member while working on his master’s degree at the University of Montana. He completed a doctorate in Music Education at Arizona State University in 1976. Marvin was on the faculty of NNU for 41 years (1965-2006) where he was a professor of music history and literature, music and art, conducting, forms and analysis and director of almost all of the choral ensembles. One of the great Homecoming traditions on the NNU campus was Marvin conducting Handel’s Messiah. For 38 years he shared his passion for this great work of music with students and the community. In addition, he taught numerous private voice and piano lessons, served as department chair, adjudicated countless choral contests and festivals across the West. He was able to take students on two overseas educational trips. He was elected to NNU’s Faculty Emeriti in 2006. Following his retirement from NNU, Marvin continued to engage in his love of music and was a member of the Boise Master Chorale for several years. He sang in numerous Boise Master Chorale and Philharmonic performances. He also served as one of the conductors of The Hymns of Thanksgiving in Boise, Idaho for many years. One of his greatest roles in his retirement years was providing after school care for his grandsons. He was so proud of them and loved spending time with them, taking them to music lessons, playing wiffle ball in the backyard and attending all of their sporting events.
He married Judy Harmon in 1964 and was a devoted husband and father. They adopted two children: Gregg and LeAnn.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Judy, his children, Gregg Stallcop of Nampa, Idaho and LeAnn (Craig) Stensgaard of Nampa, Idaho, two grandsons, Jared (Abby) Stensgaard of Spokane, Washington and Jayden (Kylie Leinum) Stensgaard of Nampa, Idaho, one great granddaughter, Teagan Stensgaard, his sister Doris Bolen of Nampa, Idaho, and his brother, Paul (Becky) Stallcop of Nampa, Idaho.
A viewing and visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Nampa Funeral Home,Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Nampa College Church, 504 E. Dewey Ave. Livestreaming will also be available.
The family asks that you consider making a donation in Dr. Stallcop’s memory to Northwest Nazarene University for the Marvin and Judy Stallcop Music Scholarship. Checks made payable to Northwest Nazarene University can be mailed to NNU Office of University Advancement, 623 S University Blvd, Nampa, ID 83686, or gifts can be made via their website www.nnu.edu/give.
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