Marvin Leon Elam


Marvin Leon Elam, 68, of Amarillo, TX died Monday, April 3, 2023.

Marvin Leon Elam
Marvin Leon Elam

Memorial services will be at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Saint Stephen Church of Amarillo.

Marvin was born November 21, 1954, in Groom, TX to Isaac and Ruby (Taylor) Elam.  He graduated from Pampa High School, furthering his education by earning a Bachelor at West Texas State University, and a Master of Education from West Texas A&M University.  He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity while at SW Texas State University

He married Sharon Joy Underwood on December 20, 1989.

Marvin was a member of Saint Stephen Church of Amarillo, formerly known as Saint Stephen United Methodist Church.

He was a Texas public school administrator, and coach.  He was Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Coach of the Year 1994.  Marvin served in many education related organizations including past president of Panhandle School Leaders Assn., Board of Directors of Texas Middle School Assn., and member of Texas Assn of Secondary School Principals.  Other civic roles include life member and past president of Optimist International, past president Clarendon Lions Club, former alderman and mayor, City of Howardwick, TX, and was 2006 Man of the Year, Clarendon/Donley County Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Howardwick Volunteer Fire Department.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac Newton Elam and Ruby Faye Elam; brother, Jerry Thomas Elam; Brother-in-law, Jerry Len Evans; father-in-law, William Benton Underwood; mother-in-law, Glyndel June Underwood; and nephew, Stefan Anthony Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Elam, of Amarillo, TX; brother, W.N. “Digger” Elam and wife Reba, of Amarillo, TX; sisters, Irene Oatman and husband Harvey, of Clarendon, TX, and Karen Evans, of Amarillo, TX; sister-in-law, Shelley White and husband Joel of Amarillo, Texas; brother-in-law, Dennis Kevin Underwood and wife Tik of Phoenix, AZ, and numerous nieces and nephews.



4 Replies to “Marvin Leon Elam”

  1. My sincere sympathy. I enjoyed working with Marvin at RR. He will be missed. He made a difference in so many lives.

  2. Sorry for your loss, we met him in Clarendon when he was principal at the junior high school. My son was in his office a lot lol

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