In memory of Bruce Marbin

Bruce Marbin is much loved. Memories of him are cherished by his family and many friends.

Please help keep Bruce's legacy of "being the change you wish to see in this world." For his love of children, of music, and of nature, and of helping make the world accessible for all: we are going to build a musical installation in a community park  in Corvallis, Oregon - with hopes that more such parks will be created wherever people would like to play and play music. Learn more, and get involved, at 

We are also renewing TeamBruce for the Walk to Defeat ALS, Sept 10, 2016 in Bend. Please consider joining us and/or donating at - find the Oregon and Washington chapter and the Walk.

We know that some of you have already generously made contributions to this organization in Bruce's name, and some to the musical park dedication being planned that will be accessible for all, including children and people with disabilities.

Even a small donation to the ALS Association will help people. Bruce and Jana received much support and many services that enhanced his quality of life for his last 10 years, first in Corvallis and then in Bend.

Bruce was really good at fundraising for good causes, calling it "liberating funds."


Join us for a Bruce Marbin Memorial Celebration and Music and Contra Dance Fundraiser. 
West Hills First Congregational Church, Gatton Hall, Corvallis, Oregon. 
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 
Potluck & Ceremony 5:30 pm /
Contra Dance 7-10 pm with Callers Stacy Rose and Karen Olsen, and the Bruce Marbin MegaBand (BMMB)! 
• Bring memories and stories about Bruce, and a potluck dish to share. No alcohol allowed.
 • Beginners’ dance lesson. No experience or partner necessary. Children welcome.
 • $10-$20 suggested fundraiser donation to honor Bruce with a Corvallis park xylophone installation — accessible to all children & adults. — You can also donate at 
• More info:


Bruce was born in Philadelphia on October 08, 1948, and passed on in Bend, Oregon, on February 4, 2016.
Bruce sang and strummed to us; now we dance his quiet. His light glows with his dear Jana Zvibleman, in their children Devora Holland, Seth Marbin, their spouses Jesse and Jyothi, and grandchildren TT, Kaia, Jahan, Pieta, and Jakobe, and the many children he followed and guided, and parents and teachers he guided.

Bruce was a dedicated Guide and Head of School of Corvallis Montessori School, founded Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival, CMS Community Gathering, and,. He was valuable to the Corvallis Folklore Society and the First Alternative Co-op. He was always musical, and played in Three-Fingered Jack and other Celtic bands. His mentors include Dr. Maria Montessori and the Trickster Coyote.

Bruce grew and lived fully. He resided in Philadelphia, Miami, Berkeley, Madison, Kansas City, Little Rock, Corvallis, and Bend. . . .  He traveled around the states, and in Mexico, Ecuador, Ireland, and India.

Bruce invented solutions; joked; generously gave support.

Please tell your stories and memories on the "Contribute" tab on this site.


I think one of the qualities Bruce possessed that always impressed me, was his ability to quietly & quickly assimilate information, taking a multitude of different angles at that information and articulate it back in a way that was very understandable. A very intelligent man that had an ability to communicate that intelligence without making you feel small. I will miss my conversations with him. -Luke
Sent by Luke on 24/05/2016
Bruce - You be 'What a Man!' -- in so many, many ways. There's no doubt, the love for you here on what we know as Mother Earth, follows you to your new Place of Blessing. We miss you beyond words and we cherish each and every moment and are thankful for each one of them. I personally thank you and your lovely wife Jana, for bringing into this world - creating, developing & guiding into maturity two wonderful children. (devora now being my daughter-in-law.) Without the love, blessings and guidance from you AND Jana, your children, nor all those wonderful grandchildren, would have been possible. You are amazingly talented Bruce and I thank you for sharing that with all of us. What a wonderful adventure to have been brought into the lives of Bruce & Jana -- I thank and love you both! Jo Holland/(happy in) Tigard, OR
Sent by Jo on 18/04/2016
I miss your mind Bruce--I always felt smarter around you. You were such a coherent thinker and communicator. And you made me laugh. There was such a sparkle to your eyes and conversation. Even after ALS started eating away at you. I always knew when I saw you that I would be seeing Bruce, not the disease. Thanks for the hospitality, the wonderful music, the moments I got to share with you, and the ideas you opened me up to. I'll never forget you, beautiful man. Love always, Cyd
Sent by Cyd on 08/04/2016
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