W. Edward Tarvin, 60, a former Maumelle resident, died Monday, March 10, 2014, from complications during heart surgery at a Fayetteville, Ark., hospital.
He was a private-practice attorney for the Tarvin Law Firm in Fayetteville. He was a member of the bar associations of Washington County, Benton County, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and was licensed to practice in state and federal district courts in both states and before the U.S. circuit courts of appeals for the Sixth District and for the Tenth District.
Tarvin was born Oct. 26, 1953, in Little Rock, Ark., the second child to William Edward Tarvin and Mary Elleen Wood Tarvin.
He and his family lived in the Rose City section of North Little Rock until they moved to the southwest part of Little Rock before he entered seventh grade. He was a 1972 graduate of John L. McClellan High School and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy that year. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from what is now the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 1975. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville in 1978.
He worked for Loislaw from 1999-2000, having been promoted to assistant to the vice president, director of marketing, until Loislaw sold to Aspen Publishing Co., a division of Wolters Klewer US.
He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville, the Fayetteville chapter of the Rotary Club, and Narcotics Anonymous. He was an avid supporter of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Tarvin was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Tarvin of Elkins; a sister, Joyce Wood of Little Rock; four children, Amelia Lynn Tarvin of Springdale, Lorie Ann Solis of Okinawa, William Douglas Craft (Kristina) of Benton and Jennifer Tarvin of Black Mountain, N.C.; three stepdaughters, Anita Dotson of Bryan, Texas, Wendy Conger of Fayetteville and Jennifer Klingaman of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, Kalynn Tarvin and Joseph "J.J." Lea Jr., and Langlea Craft, Christian Solis and Julia Solis; five stepgrandchildren, Kristin Conger, Lauren Conger, Brandon Klingaman, Erica Roberts and Stacy Dotson; and one stepgreat-grandchild, Taylor Dotson.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville, 901 W. Cleveland St. in Fayetteville. Flowers may be sent there.
Cremation services are under the direction of Westfield Chapel Funeral Home of Springdale.