Remembering Marvin Caulk

Posted July 23, 2013 by Amanda | 8 Comments

It is with a heavy heart to report that we have lost an important member of the Geni community. On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Geni Curator Marvin Caulk passed away after a long battle with cancer.

In January 2011, Marvin joined the ranks of Geni’s dedicated group of volunteers to help Curate the World Family Tree, a daunting task and one that Marvin embraced wholeheartedly as one of Geni’s ever-watchful eyes, guardians and mentors. He dedicated much of his time on Geni towards preserving not only his own personal family history, but also towards helping other users with their genealogy.

A retired United States Army Staff Sergeant, Marvin concentrated many of his collaborative projects toward honoring and remembering those who served their country. From projects for Medal of Honor recipients to those devoted to the unsung heroes of World War II, his projects on Geni not only brought together connected families but also enabled the stories of these soldiers to be shared with the world. We are comforted to know that Marvin’s legacy and contributions to the World Family Tree will continue to live on for the community and future generations.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Marvin’s family and friends.

Thank you Marvin for your passion and dedication to our community. You will be truly missed by us all.

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  • Danny Drollinger

    Marvin was my mentor, my friend and my 10th cousin. I miss him, I’ll see you soon enough. Condolences to his family. Danny Drollinger

  • Hatte Blejer

    Marvin was a unique man — he had dedication, integrity, “smarts,” and a lovely sense of humor. I admired and liked him and was in awe of the work he did on Geni. My sincere condolences to Marv’s family.

  • Ashley Odell

    Marv, my 8th cousin, was the finest collaborator you could ask for. Like Hatte, I was consistently in awe of his mind and his work. We have had such a hard loss, but the genealogical community will always be better off thanks to his efforts. What a fine legacy he has left.

  • Sharon

    Marv, we miss you so much. The Geni Curator World Cruise will not be the same without you as our Captain. As one of your many Geni admirers said, “Fly with the ancestors” our cousin.

  • Pam

    Marv, we shared so much in a short time. Even in the darkest hours of your suffering your dry wit never faltered. You gave so much to Geni your legacy remains for us all. My condolences to the family.

  • Willa Potgieter

    So sorry about you passing! I never had the opportunity to work with you – I am still in my baby shoes here. Thinking of your direct family and close friends and those GENi researchers that worked closely with you.

    Thank you for what you left behind for those of us still here – worth more than gold! RIP

    Willa Truter


  • Angus Wood-Salomon

    Marv, I will surely miss you. As a fellow curator on Geni you were always helpful and had such great advice. My deepest condolences to your family.

  • Linda

    Marv was the person that recommended me as a curator here on Geni. We developed a wonderful friendship in a very short period of time. He could always make me laugh. I will miss you dear friend. My hugs go out to Marv’s wife, children, and grandchildren.