Scrapbook One Hundred Ten…



Marvin Fenn Park


An old buddy sent me this photo. He was right guard on the 1948 Temple high school losing football team. I didn’t make the line-up that year.


I knew there was a park in Temple named for my father but I’d never seen this sign before. The guy who made it is an accomplished poet:




My father would be proud if he knew about this honor, especially since the lake in his park is full of big bass. f

53 thoughts on “Scrapbook One Hundred Ten…

  1. Nice tidbit Forrest. After all, your Dad does deserve credit, for giving us YOU.


  2. Thats neat, I’ll have to go check your dads park and your bridge out. My parents live 70 miles from Temple.

  3. Where is Jeff Foxworthy when you need him? “Here’s your sign!” When you read those rules, all you can do is say “Okay” and hope you didn’t double park 🙂

      • Is it just coincidence that Fenn leaves off the WILLIAM part of several peoples’ name in TTOTC?
        ie. Mr. Shakespeare

      • In many places even Forrest calls his father Marvin so my guess is that he probably mainly went by his middle of Marvin and that is what most people called him.

      • My brother, grandfather and great grandfather all went by their middle name. Even family members forget that they have a first name that is not used.

  4. Forrest,

    I live in Cypress TX, a couple of hours away from your fathers park. I would really love to go fish that pond. Would really enjoy having a fishing partner if you are ever up for it. It would be a real whopper of a story, for the students that I teach, if I caught a bass fishing along side of Forrest Fenn at his fathers park. I really enjoy telling my students stories about you and the treasure hunt when time permits. Gets their attention way more than the math that I teach them.

    Fred Y.

    • I really like cypress , sister in law lives there.i would like to live there.its pretty.magnolia,splendora,newton,katy .all have kin folk who live there.I miss the south. next time i’m down there,i will have to go check out temple ,tx.

  5. Nice, I like to read the park signs. I find them informative but I am handicapt when it comes to following rules.. 🙂

  6. Very nice sign in honor of your dad. I can’t help but wonder, if you do smoke, drink from a glass bottle, or park on the grass…What happens? The sign maker forgot to attach the answer.

  7. That is cool to see. What an awesome tribute. I’ll bet Forrest will have a park and a forest or two named in his honor as well. He already has one that I know of. I planted 5 Austrian pines in my backyard 7 years ago…just before my son was born. About a year ago I named my small forest “The Fenn Forrest” in Forrest’s honor. True story. Very few people know that. One day I will put a plaque there. The trees were only as high as my daughter, Grace, when I planted them…about 3′ high. The tallest is now over 15′ tall. I planted Austrians because they grow quickly…and I’m impatient…and like to see the sky through the pines. I hope one day to “own” a bigger forest and name it “The Fenn Forrest Too”. 🙂

  8. Next, f will be telling us that there are so many searchers heading to Marvin Fenn park that the highways have come to gridlock! Hmmm. I think it may be time for a trip of sorts.

    • Oops, that was a comment in regards to theycallme9clues reference to his/her Shakespeare comment and IMO of course.

  9. After dusk I’m going drive my pickup truck in there, put down the tailgate and light up something to go along with my Oscar Blues Ten Fidy.

  10. Dang, is everybody from Temple a poet??? 🙂

    Forrest, that is great that he was recognized in that manner for his contributions to Temple.
    I have to go to Temple for an appointment at S&W in February. I will go by the park and tip my hat while telling him what a fine park and fine son he has, both of which I feel quite sure he is aware of…..and I will toss a couple of nickels in the grass.

  11. I ain’t missing no picture.When the sun is high in the afternoon sky/you can always find something to do/but from dusk til dawn as the clock ticks on/something happens to you. thanks mr. forrest

  12. I’m disappointed in Temple. They should have named their largest, youth sports facility or baseball park after your dad. He excelled at a variety of sports, and I do believe that is something he would have really cherished. I was amazed by what he single-handedly wrought at NTSTC with their intramurals program. Your dad was every bit as much a go-getter as you are Forrest, just in a different way.

  13. A reminder to be quiet till spring. It probably irritates him to see those who are hashing it out.

  14. Just because a “Big” bass sits quietly under the lily pads doesn’t mean he can’t “see” all the food. The big bass is big for a reason … He is wise and patient This bass is in a state of ” Torpor “…..but he is hungry… 🙂 good luck to you….

  15. As treasure hunting season kicks into high gear, I hope everyone finds what they are searching for in the mountains and beside the rivers and streams.

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