Marvin S. Socol

marvin socol

April 22, 1929 ~ August 4, 2021

Born in: Breckenridge, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Marvin Socol, retired business owner, private pilot, proud Class of ’47 Breckenridge Buckaroo and friend to all, passed away peacefully in his Bryan, Texas, home on Aug. 4. He was 92.

Marvin was born April 22, 1929, in Breckenridge to Israel and Rae Sheinberg — immigrants from eastern Europe searching for a better life during the town’s oil boom. After Israel’s sudden passing in 1932, Rae was left to run a business while raising Marvin and his older brother, Leon. She later married Jake Socol, rebranded their clothing and shoe store as The Popular Store, and added daughter Gwen to the family.

From playing sticks in the South Ward Rhythm Band to cruising the streets of Breckenridge with his baby sister, Gwen, in his bicycle basket to quarterbacking the South Ward Wildcats to a winless season, Marvin’s love of his hometown started early and remained to the end. He was an adventurous, mischievous, fun-loving young man who carried those same personality traits throughout his life. A textbook extrovert and master storyteller, Marvin could command a room of friends and strangers alike with tall tales regaled with a wide grin and slow West Texas drawl. In his later years, it was always a joy to watch Marvin’s contagious zest for life put smiles on the faces of everyone from doctors to waiting room occupants to supermarket customers.

As everyone in Breckenridge knew, young Marvin had a penchant for fast boats and sports cars. It was his love of airplanes, however, that endured. His passion for aviation began as a child building models with Leon, expanded through decades of playing in the skies above Stephens County and helping with the Breckenridge Air Show, and continued during his retirement years as a tour guide at Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison.

Greater than his passion for flying was his love of Maxine, his wife of 56 years. The 35-year-old bachelor met the young red-headed widow on a blind date, falling in love both with her and her 3-year-old son, Steve. Marvin and Maxine were inseparable as they built their lives together in Breckenridge, retired to Plano, and later moved to be near family in Bryan.

Marvin attended Texas A&M University and the University of Texas before returning to Breckenridge in 1950 to help operate The Popular Store until its closing in 1987. He was involved in many Breckenridge organizations, including the Civil Air Patrol and other groups involved with search, rescue and recovery operations.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Frieda Socol; and numerous other family members, including cousin and partner in crime Herb (Karlitz) Bennett.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Maxine; his sister and brother-in-law, Gwen and Alan Rosenbluth; his sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Shana Kahn and Jay and Kara Socol; four grandchildren, Bryan (Mindy), Amy and Jenny Kahn and Grant Socol ; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Ethan Kahn; four nephews, Alan and Scott Socol and Kirby and Brady Rosenbluth; and a niece, Jody Cohen.

A private graveside service will be held at College Station Memorial Cemetery. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Centers of Bryan College Station, Texas.

The family would like to extend special thanks to friend and caregiver Kristi Colwell; Drs. David Hackethorn, Denise Turner and Juddi Yeh; and the staff of Hospice Brazos Valley and Brazos Home Care for their collective kindness.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Marvin’s memory to Cavanaugh Flight Museum at

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  1. A man of exceptional character and wit who created memories within the hearts of those who knew him that will live forever.
    Blessings to the family with love.

  2. I did not know your dad Jay, but you obviously inherited his traits of kindness, character and being able to lighten up a room! May you be at peace!

  3. Jay so sorry to hear about your Dads passing! I have many childhood memories of your Dad when we shopped at The Popular!

  4. I am sorry we didn’t get to know your Dad but I appreciate that his good humor and wit live within you. May he rest in peace.

  5. Jay and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I pray for God to give you all comfort.
    Many Blessings,
    Candi Wolfe.

  6. Prayers for the family. I have fond memories of the family and shopping at the Popular Store
    Shirley Wright Clement

  7. What a great, long life your dad had! You and your family are in my prayers for comfort and peace.
    My mom also sends her condolences.
    Hey Jay, remember that story from 1969?

  8. Maxine, Gwen, and Jay, we are so sad to learn of Marvin’s passing! He was a Breckenridge Icon and just part of the fixtures. So many of us shopped and knew him and he always had time to help you and treated you like you were the most important customer there was! It was also sad for us when the building that was built for the Jewish Synagogue burned. They are still trying to get it torn down and cleaned up. We thought some of you might like a brick from it, and would be glad to do that for you. Please know you are in our prayers!

  9. Dear Jay,

    Your Dad sounds he was a lot of fun. You have many of the same qualities. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family. Cherish the memories.

    Peace and grace be with you.

    Hilda Cuthbertson

  10. Jay Socol, my prayers are with you and your family.

    I did not have the privilege to know your dad but I know he was a terrific guy because he raised a terrific son! His beautiful tribute gave me a little glimpse into his great life. It was such a beautiful tribute!

    May God bless and hold you all in His mighty righteous hands.

  11. I was just in Breckenridge this past weekend visiting family. Driving through town we passed The Popular Store and it brought back so many memories. I lived in Breckenridge till I was 13 years old but went back quite often to see family and shop. Harry and Marvin would stay late when I came in and I would shop till I dropped! When they closed I was so sad because that was my go to store. Sweetest man ever and I’m so sorry for your loss.

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