Marvin Gerald Shappart

January 18, 1945 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Marvin Shappart Obituary

Marvin Shappart was born January 18,1945 to Verna Fairchild Shappart and Marvin Harold Shappart in Pocatello, Idaho. He was born the 6th of 8 children. He grew up in McCammon, Idaho. He built his first car at the age of 14. That started his love of building old cars.

He went to California at 15 to live with an older brother. While there, he married and had 2 sons. They divorced and he moved back to Idaho and worked for car dealers as a mechanic. He married again but divorced shortly afterwards. He started dating Marian Whitworth and they married June 2,1967. He planned it because the 1st day of fishing season was the next day. Not her idea of a honeymoon, he said he wanted to surprise her with a honeymoon.

They had a daughter on January 27,1971 Sharlene. He worked most of his life as a mechanic, then in 1980 he went to work for FMC as a diesel mechanic. Then, when FMC closed, he went to work for the city of Chubbuck as a Park and Rec maintenance man. He continued to build cars and then drive them awhile, then sell them.

The love of his life was his 1933 Ford 3-window Coupe. Marian always said he would sell her before he ever sold it. They joined the Street Rods of Idaho and they made lots of life time friends that he cherished till the end. He loved to travel to car shows and rod runs. They went to Canada twice to Victoria Island. He rode his car on the ferry on the lower decks which was a no-no. Sharlene rode with us till the 3 of us in a 2-person car didn't work. Friends let her ride with them.

He started collecting old gas pumps, gas memorabilia then Marian made the mistake of giving him a coke machine Christmas ornament, he had to have them all. Then the next year, a little Chevron bug eye car, which he had to collect them all. After giving him three more Christmas presents, Marian told him "I'm never going to give you another Christmas present" and he never got another one from her, but family and friends kept giving him coke bottles of real coke.

He collected car parts from swap meets. He said he may need it or sell it, but they're still home. He couldn't go to the garage and work because of his health. He tried to con Marian into cleaning it. Her motto was "you don't help in the house; I don't clean your garage". He got the last laugh because she has to clean it.

He's survived by his wife Marian; daughter Sharlene Gonzales; son Robert; his dog Bryn; his sister Marvine (Bob (deceased)) Whitmore of Kemmerer WY; brothers, Richard (Jo) Shappart of Pocatello, Joyce (Jerry) Dixon, Chuck (Sharon) Shappart of Fairfield CA, Bruce (Beverly) Shappart of Pocatello; 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; and by many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers: Darrel Shappart, Bill Lewis, and Vern Lewis.

No funeral is planned, his wishes were to be cremated. Interment will be held in the late spring and a celebration of life at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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