Marv McCune, age 66, of De Smet, S.D., passed away Sun., April 18, 2021, at the Mayo Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., April 24, 2021, at the De Smet High School. The family is requested to meet by 10:00 a.m. for a family prayer service. The service will be Live-Streamed on the Crawford Osthus Funeral Chapel Facebook page.
Visitation will be at the high school on Thurs., April 22, from 5-7 p.m. Face masks are required for both the service and visitation.
Burial will be at the De Smet Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Marv’s grandchildren, De Smet High School Class of 1972 and all fellow coaches and former athletes. Active pallbearers will be Mel Johnson, Bernie Stoel, Pat Wheeler, Jim Rodney, Rod Kretchmer, Mike Harms, Doug Osthus and Nick Bjorkman.
Marvin Dwight McCune was born on July 15, 1954, to Betty Klinkel and Clifford McCune in Lake Preston, S.D. He attended De Smet High School, where he was raised by his mother and step-father, Charles “Buddy” Wolkow, graduating in 1972. Following graduation, he attended Huron College where he played basketball, baseball and majored in education.
Following college graduation, he got his first teaching and coaching job in Bristol, S.D., where he stayed for two years. In 1978, he moved back to De Smet where he would be a lifelong Bulldog. He met his wife, Vicki, and they wed on Aug. 25, 1979. They had two children, Dustin and Kelsey.
After he moved back to De Smet, Marv spent many years coaching football, basketball, track and also served as the Athletic Director. He was the Head Boys Basketball coach for 22 years. During that time, he coached the Bulldogs to nine State Tournament appearances in a 13-year span between 1987 and 1999 – seven in Class B and three in Class A. De Smet was the 1987 and 1995 Class B Boys Basketball Champions and 1999 Class A Boys Basketball Champions. In 2004, his last year of coaching, he took his team to a 5th place finish in the State B Boys Tournament. Marv had a career record of 337-149 while at De Smet. He received several nominations for SD Coach of the Year, which he won in 1995, and was also a National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2000. He was inducted into the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in March 2013.
While coaching football, Marv’s team was considered the Mythical 11B Football Champions in 1980 and went on to win the first 11A Football Title in 1981. He served as Assistant Coach in 1988, where the Bulldogs won the Class 9A Football Championship. Marv was nominated for Football Coach of the Year three times and selected the Class 9A Assistant Football Coach of the year in 1990. On March 26, 2021, Marv was inducted into the South Dakota Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Marv’s greatest passion in life was helping kids and being a role model for them. He shared many stories and life lessons during his time lecturing as a teacher in history and government. It was so easy to get him off track and spend half of the period telling his life stories. He touched many kids’ lives, both in the classroom and on the court. He would go out of his way to make a relationship with each student and athlete he worked with.
Outside of teaching and coaching, Marv was the groundskeeper at the Kingsbury County Country Club for over 25 years. He took pride in keeping the golf course in tip-top shape and spent endless hours going out of his way to keep the course running.
Marv’s greatest love in life was his family and dearest friends. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow and loved to attend their activities. In March, he was able to watch his grandson, Ethan, win the 2021 Class B Boys Basketball Championship, making this a 3-generation accomplishment for the McCune Boys. Marv always loved playing the guitar and singing the Oldies. Many memories were made with family and friends at get-togethers, as the guitar always seemed to come out. He was known for making up songs on the fly and always making people laugh.
Those grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Vicki, De Smet; his son, Dustin (Jessica), De Smet; his daughter, Kelsey (Nick), De Smet; six grandchildren, Ethan, Jacie, Charli and Bristol McCune, Sutton and Beckett Bjorkman; step-brother, Chuck (Marcy) Wolkow, Sioux Falls; step-sisters, Barb (Tim) Bjorneberg, Spearfish and Sheilah Stoneback, Sioux Falls; many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bette Wolkow; step-father, Charles Wolkow; father, Clifford McCune; sister, Sherry Robertson and brother, Bill.
Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel Watertown, Hayti, De Smet and Bryant