Marvin Loyd "Bo" McLaughlin was born March 25, 1926, in Tyler to the late Claude Marvin and Leola McVey McLaughlin. He passed away on Aug. 30, 2013, in Tyler.
Bo graduated from Tyler High School, Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas at Austin. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II with the 20th Air Force on Tinian Island in the Marianas and the 13th Air Force at Clark Field in the Philippines.
He commenced his advertising career with T.B. Butler Publishing Co. in display advertising before joining the General Electric Advertising and Public Relations Training program in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1954. He retired from General Electric as their Western Region Manager of the Advertising and Sales Promotion Operations in San Francisco, Calif.
His honors include the Harry Lever Award from the Aviation/Space Writers Assoc. in 1960 and 1964; Air Force Assoc. Medal of Merit in 1961; Distinguished Service Plaque; Texas Man of the Year; and numerous management awards from General Electric.
Bo was a life member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and the GE Elfun Society. He was a member of First Baptist Church since 1939 and William Tell Lodge No. 27, I00F, Tyler, since 1944. Masonic memberships include St. John's Lodge No. 53, Tyler, Scottish and York Rite Bodies, Sharon Shrine, Tyler, and past director of Tyler Court 168, Royal Order of Jesters.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Lt. Col. Leonard F. McLaughlin (US Army, Ret) and is survived by his nieces, Sherry McLaughlin, of Houston, Gari Sisk and her husband Dr. Leonard Sisk, of Anchorage, Alaska, Col. Dawn Eflein (USAF) and her husband Col. Dennis Eflein (USAF, Ret) in Germany.
A private burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors. An Irish Wake will be arranged by the Tyler Court of the Royal Order of Jesters at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sharon Shrine Temple Memorial Fund, 10027 Texas Highway 31 East, Tyler, 75705; or to the
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Sept. 3, 2013