Des Moines, IA
Marvin L. Sojka, a current resident of Des Moines, Iowa, passed after a short illness on April 22, 2019 at the age of 58.
Marvin was born in Iowa City, Iowa on September 17, 1960 to Frank and Rita Sojka. He attended Washington HS in Washington, Iowa. He graduated from the Luther College, Decorah Iowa in 1983 with degrees in Computer Science, Math and Accounting. There he participated in football and rugby, was a freshman residence-assistant, elected-in as Student Body President and held over-sight of the college computer science lab. On December 17, 1983, he married Lori Drinovsky, his college sweetheart.
Marvin quickly became an accomplished technology leader. He developed wireless networking software to allow real-time information, was a founding member of IEEE 802.11 committee and has over 50 patents and patents pending. Yet, he found his most joy in problem-solving with colleagues and coaching young software engineers towards developing innovating solutions for future technologies.
Marvin's laugh was infectious and his willingness to help the people around him was limitless. There was always room for "one more" to join in at family pig roasts, drinking a beer at the local brewery or family holiday trips. With pride, Marvin watched his two children grow into strong adults. It was not unusual for his conversations with them, moving from movie quotes to civil war battle strategies to religious philosophy, to last well into the late hours. He enjoyed traveling and exploring the culture, people and food that came with these places whether it was hiking on the Icelandic ice glaciers, spending hours in the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington D.C. or watching sprint car races in Knoxville, Iowa. Even though he and his family made everlasting friendships and a multitude of fond memories while living in different states around the US, Iowa was always home to him and this is where he brought his family back to for the past five years.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Lori (Drinovsky) Sojka; his children and their spouses, Sebastian and Yvette (Sherman) and Samantha; three brothers, Mathew, Martin and Myron and two sisters, Angela and Renee Cunningham. He is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Rita and brother Michael.
At Marvin's request, a celebration of life was held with family, and his cremated ashes will be spread to memorable places in his life. Those who wish to remember Marvin in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund at www.jdrf.org or Heartland Greyhound Association at www.heartlandgreyhoundadoption.org/donating/ with adding comments at special instructions.