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September 10, 1952 ~ October 17, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Marvin Guy Newsom, Jr., an ultimate family man, was called to the Lord on Oct. 17, 2023. Guy
was born to Marvin Guy Newsom, Sr., and Betty Jean (Manley) Newsom on Sept. 10, 1952, in
Kermit, Texas. The Newsom family soon settled in Mamou, Louisiana.
Guy and his father and three younger brothers were avid hunters and fishermen, but Guy also
excelled at school, where he was especially gifted at math. He played football in high school
and became a lifelong sports fan—especially LSU football. Guy was a hard worker and
motivated to help his family; he got his first job working on a trash truck at a young age, and at
17 graduated from Mamou High School. Guy graduated from McNeese State University with
his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mathematics Education.
Guy took a leap of faith when he moved west to Colorado in 1977. Apart from an extended solo
backpacking trip in Europe, he lived the rest of his life in the Denver area.
Guy married Nancy Ellen Traylor in 1986 and they made their home in Henderson, Colorado.
Lauren Jean Newsom and Frank Guy Newsom were born over the next few years, making for a
busy and joyful household.
Guy had a generous spirit and cared deeply about people. He spent his 37-year career
dedicated to the education of youth, teaching middle and high school math in the Denver Public
and Adams County Schools while coaching football, baseball, basketball, and softball at various
After their children grew up and Guy and Nancy both retired, they enjoyed traveling in the U.S.
and abroad. Guy was a Deacon in the Henderson Community Church and he and Nancy played
an active role in the church’s weekly food bank. In his later years, Guy could reliably be found at
his weekly poker night with close friends.
Guy could be quiet around people outside his circle, but among family and close friends, his
straight-talking but fun-loving nature showed itself. His family and friends have many tales of
legendary pranks. Guy never forgot his Cajun roots; over the years, he attended Mardi Gras and
the Cajun Festival in Mamou as often as he could.
Most of all, Guy was dedicated to his family and would do anything for them. He and Nancy
were deeply involved with their children and grandchildren; “Papaw,” as he was known, always
had his biggest smiles when surrounded by his four grandchildren (with a fifth due in March).
Throughout his adult life, he kept in close touch with his Louisiana family.
Guy will be missed by his loving wife, Nancy; children Lauren Martinez de Escobar (Chris) of
Greeley, CO, and Frank Newsom (Shelby Sheahan) of Vancouver, WA; brothers James Ralph
Newsom (Shannon) of Eunice, LA; Bryan Keith Newsom (Michelle) of Eunice, LA, and Edward
Scott Newsom (Chasity) of Mamou, LA; grandchildren Everly Grace Martinez, Knight Logan
Martinez, Valor Nathaniel Martinez, and Leila Cruz Newsom; and many good friends. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Guy Newsom, Sr., and Betty Jean Newsom; and a
brother, Thomas Neil Newsom. He was also preceded in death by his dear friend, Ola Mae
Memorial services will be held at Henderson Community Church in Henderson, Colorado, on
Nov. 11, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. A celebration of life will be held in Louisiana at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Acadian Baptist Center in Eunice, Louisiana, or
Shriners Hospital for Children.
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