In Memory of Fritz Marvel

On December 23rd, former Camp Magruder camp manager, Fritz Marvel, died at 95 years old. In 2018, we had the great delight of hosting Fritz at camp one last time while he visited for the week. He told us stories and spent time with his family remembering his time here. We are so grateful for his impact on Camp Magruder. Below is an excerpt from his obituary (read it in full here: and a video of him recalling bringing the first donkey, Mr. Finnigan, to camp.

Fritz served for 30 years as Manager of Camp Magruder United Methodist Camp. While managing the camp he oversaw major expansion including building three lodges, new cabins, a boat house, maintenance shop, additional bath house, and an apartment for camp deans. He was proud of the landscaping he developed and the Rhododendrons he nurtured. Fritz delighted in seeing church campers and outdoor school students enjoy the camp, Smith Lake, and the beach. His special gifts to them were donkey rides and the big swing, which he designed and built on a 60ft tree. After 30 years managing the camp, he worked 9-1/2 years as Superintendent of Maintenance for the seven camps & retreat center of the Oregon Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church while continuing to live at Magruder. Fritz retired in 1992.



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