General Chairman Marv Mitchell dies of heart attack
BLE General Chairman M.A. "Marv" Mitchell died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday, August 4, in Elk Grove, Calif.
Brother Mitchell, 53, was recently re-elected General Chairman of the Union Pacific Western Region. A BLE members since 1974, he belonged to Division 800 (Portola, Calif.).
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 9, in Stockton, Calif. He is survived by two daughters.
Family and friends request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association, Stockton Chapter; or Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA, 94915-1200; or to a charity that is meaningful to the donor.
"We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Brother Mitchell," said BLE President Edward Dubroski. "Marv provided many years of dedicated service to our Brotherhood. He will be missed."
Brother Mitchell will be remembered as one of several key witnesses in hearings before the National Mediation Board in July of 1999. His testimony helped the BLE protect the crafts of locomotive engineer and conductor from extinction.
More recently, Brother Mitchell was appointed by BLE International President Edward Dubroski to serve on a joint committee to explore closer ties between the BLE and the Transport Workers Union (TWU), the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes (BMWE) and the American Train Dispatchers (ATDD).
Tim Donnigan of BLE Division 228 (Pocatello, ID), who was elected First Vice-Chairman of the UP Western Region General Committee in June, succeeds Mitchell as General Chairman. Jim Dayton has been elevated to the position of First Vice Chairman.
"The integrity and style he brought with him in everything he did for the BLE are attributes few men possess," said Donnigan, who knew Mitchell for 15 years. "I can only hope that our memory of him will inspire us and set an example of how we should act towards others as well as raise the caliber of our work."
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