Former Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) chairperson and long-time board member Frank R. Marvin passed away on March 2. In a statement released by the association, officials said Marvin was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and long-time executive at Marvin. A member of the third generation to be involved with the leadership of the company that bore the family name, he had a 42-year career at the door and window manufacturer, headquartered in Warroad, Minnesota.

Frank R. Marvin

“My dad touched so many with his genuine interest in others—be it customers, employees, community members or his own family,” said Paul Marvin, Marvin board member and CEO. “It will be impossible to replicate his trademark ability to make every person feel special and his uncanny talent for connecting to so many in a very relatable way. We are incredibly fortunate to have known his kindness, his commitment and his unwavering support.”

Frank’s customer-centric mindset and dedication to people shaped cornerstones of the Marvin business that continue today, including the company’s Signature Services department, company officials said.

“My dad was always willing to do whatever it took to meet our customers’ needs,” said Will Marvin, Marvin board member and director of retail operations. “Where others saw the impossible, he relished the opportunity to find a solution and inspire others to do the same.”

Frank joined Marvin full-time in April 1969 and would later become the first member of the third generation of Marvin family to be elected to the board of directors. He served as vice president of sales from 1977 to 1981, after which he began an 11-year term as company president during a period of significant growth for the company. He later served as vice chairperson of the board and led company-owned distribution and retail operations until he retired in August 2011.

“My dad’s leadership and influence on the business through so many decades is something I will always remember and am grateful to have learned from,” said Dan Marvin, Marvin board member and president of Infinity from Marvin. “Marvin simply would not be what it is without his countless contributions.”

Marvin’s contributions to WDMA and the industry are “innumerable,” said WDMA president and CEO Michael O’Brien. “His leadership and support of WDMA helped propel it into the vital association it is today.”

Despite his successes, nothing meant more to Frank than his wife of 57 years, Margaret, their six children and spouses, and their 24 grandchildren, which represent part of the fifth generation and future of the company.

A visitation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the Wm. S. Marvin Training and Visitor Center in Warroad, Minn., with a prayer service at 6 p.m. A funeral service will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11 at the Warroad High School gymnasium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Warroad RiverPlace, an arts, culture and event center opening in the fall of 2024.

Warroad RiverPlace
P.O. Box 17
Warroad, MN 56763

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