Marc W. Moriva |

Marc W. Moriva

Former local musician Marc W. Moriva died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, while traveling with his wife, Marjory.

Marc was born on March 13, 1951, in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Grove City High School and attended Ohio State University.

Marc was a multitalented musician who played guitar, sax, clarinet and banjo. He performed with groups including the Honky Tonk Swamis, KT and the Sailkatz, and the Grown Men at various venues, including Ewu’s Paradise, Paddy Bugatti’s and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He played across the country in various bands and with notables such as Delbert McClinton, Glenn Frey, Tower of Power, Joe Walsh and an appearance with Bruce Springsteen.

In 1997 Marc and Jerry Fletcher were asked to join the cast of “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues” as musicians, a review that chronicled the history of the blues in song and dialogue. The play eventually ran on Broadway and was nominated for a number of Tony awards. Marc would tour with the play two more times over the next several years. More recently, Marc made his home in Kalispell, Mont., and was one of the principal players of The Fanatics and enjoyed much success recording jingles in his home studio. Marc had been performing with the Andre Floyd Band and the Moriva/Fletcher Duo.

In 1994 Marc met Marjory McClaren and began to experience his transformation as a player, a companion, a friend and a husband. Marc went from fitting all of his belongings into the back of a Honda Civic in 1991 to a wife, a home, a hot tub, two dogs, a cat and a mortgage, and was never happier. He exercised on a regular basis and recently had become an avid cycling enthusiast. He was on his way to a two-week vacation filled with cycling across the desert when this lifetime came to an end.

Marc will be missed by so many friends and family but none more than the music community in which he was so highly regarded.

Marc was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Moriva. Marc is survived by his wife, Marjory; his mother, Monna Hilton, and her husband, Jim; his brother, Joseph Moriva and wife, Shelley; his dogs, Sami and Pops, and Hazel the cat.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. today at Shining Mountains Church, 475 8th Ave. EN in Kalispell. Reception to follow. A musical celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at the Great Northern Bar in Whitefish. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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