On Saturday, his family started the Houston area's first ever PurpleStride event to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research.
Marvin's son Mark Zindler, a senior account executive at KLTV in Tyler, spoke at the opening ceremony and then joined his sister, Helen Rodgers, and brothers Marvin Jr., Don and Dan on the 5K run/walk.
The event was held at 8am Saturday at Oyster Creek Park. Organizers expected about 500 people to participate, but more than 1,200 runners attended for the timed 5K run/walk and 1K kids' fun run. There was also music, refreshments and children's activities.
Marvin's family told us the event raised more than $200,000 for the cause.
The Houston Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network commemorates November as National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, but funds are needed and accepted year-round.
If you would like to send a donation, make checks out to PurpleStride and mail them to: Zindler Service Co., 2450 Fondren Suite 113, Houston, Texas 77063.