Goodbye LVD

For those that follow me on Facebook and Flickr, you have seen “LVD” as a comment on many of my posts or photos.  LVD stood for “Love Dad.” It was my dad’s way of staying connected and letting me and my sister know he was looking at our posts.  My dad had a lifelong passion for photography which was passed along to me and my sister and it was one of the primary ways we communicated with each other. In recent years, Flickr was a large part of our relationship and he was always excited to see my posts from all over the globe. I too was able to keep track of his adventures in Michigan on his stream.

Nothing can prepare you for events like this – and it particularly difficult when this happened suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly.  Now begins the process of going through papers, photos and memories.

Marvin Earl Graves age 77, August 12, of Alger, formerly of Ecorse. Graduate of Ecorse High School in Ecorse Michigan and worked as a technical representative for Great Lakes Steel and Kastle Steel. Survived by his former wife Betty Graves, and mother of his children Leigh Graves Wolf (Scott Wolf) and Lauren Graves Kropf (Major Marcus Kropf.) Loving grandfather to Anna Kathryn and Erica Lauren Kropf. At his request, no funeral service will be held. Marvin had a life long passion of looking at life through the camera lens and memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan State University Museum Photographic Exhibitions Fund at

34 thoughts on “Goodbye LVD

  1. What a touching post to memorialize your Dad. We love you and are hoping that you are finding comfort in fond memories of better days.

  2. Leigh,
    Oh, what a shock. I am so sorry to hear this. I lost my mom suddenly 13years ago and can relate. Deep breaths, lean on others…wishing you peace.

  3. I was thinking of LVD tonight – and you have summed it up beautifully, sweet Leigh. He was always interested in yours and Lauren’s lives and through technology he was allowed to travel with you. He will be greatly missed.

  4. I am so sorry, Leigh. This is a beautiful tribute to your dad. It was evident that he loved you very much and was such a proud dad. Take Care.

  5. LeLe and your Dad would be proud of this wonderful tribute. He taught you well. He will be missed and remembered fondly. Love You, Aunt Mary xoxoxoxoxoxo

  6. Dear Leigh, This breaks my heart to read. I’m so sorry. I had always wondered what LVD stood for and had thought it likely was Love Dad. Such sweetness. I’ll always remember the day he was our guest speaker @ MAET and how proud you both looked to be there together. Dads are very special to daughters and yours was one of the good guys. My regards to you, your mother, sister, and Scott. Take care. Love, Pat

  7. Oh Leigh, I am so very sorry. I remember your Dad as being so incredibly kind, loving and talented. Deepest condolences and hugs to you and your family in these sad days. My prayers are with you old friend.

  8. Leigh, Praying for you, your dad, and the rest of your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Dear Leigh, I am so sorry to hear that Marvin is gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have followed you and your sister through Marv,s Flickr account,visits and phone calls. He was so proud of you two! I would like to talk with you when you get a chance. Please keep in touch. As always, your cousin,George & Raye Counter

  10. Leigh —

    I am sorry to learn of your Dad’s sudden passing. May we offer our prayers and condolences to you and your family at this time of loss. The Schram-ily is thinking about you with love.

  11. My prayers go out to you and your sister in this tough time. May you find peace in all of the chaos.

  12. Leigh and family,
    A beautiful tribute.
    My sympathies to you and family on the sudden passing of your dear father. I hope you find strength in the photographic legacy he left with you. Savor his memory through his photographs. His skills are within you. Time will heal your sadness. Hugs to you.

  13. Scott and Leigh:
    The Music Boosters at the International Academy and the Martin family have you both in our hearts and prayers as you remember and honor your father’s life. May the company of family bring you solace.

  14. Leigh, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. From your tribute, your Father sounds like an incredible man who will be greatly missed. I’ll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  15. Hi Leigh. Hope all is well with you and that you are doing okay. When you get a chance, could you contact me at my e-mail address? Thanks. George P.S. I like that you added Marvin’s Mid-Mich Flickr site.

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