Dozens of vehicles wrapped around a Richfield City block Saturday afternoon for a parade.
The parade included fire engines and a police escort, as well-wishers who cruised by to tell Marvin Christensen happy 95th birthday.
“Oh, you gotta be kidding me,” Christensen said with a smile as the procession drove in front of his home.
The procession included family, friends, neighbors and even Sevier County Sheriff Nate Curtis.
Richfield City Mayor Dave Ogden stopped in front of Marvin’s home and handed him a birthday cake as the convoy progressed. People stuck their heads out and yelled, “We love you Marvin.”
It was a way to pay tribute to a man in the age of social distancing.
At one point, Tyler McKinlay from the Utah National Guard hopped out in full dress uniform and presented Marvin with a flag.
“We’d like to thank you for your service,” McKinlay said.
Marvin served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 276th Combat Engineers during World War II.
“There’s not too many left who served during the war,” said Roger Christensen, one of Marvin’s six children.
Other than his time in the military, Marvin has lived most of his life on the same block.
He worked for 35 years for the Ideal Dairy, and then another 10 for Richfield High School.
Marvin’s wife, Connie, sat beside him as the progression made its way past their home.
Roger set up a pair of chairs on the front lawn of Marvin and Connie’s house and helped them get situated for the surprise.
“He still goes for walks and mows his lawn,” Roger said. Being tough is just part of what Marvin is. In the past three years, he has survived a broken pelvis and three broken ribs. He has also survived two bouts of cancer.