Morris W. "Marty" La Rue III - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Morris W. “Marty” La Rue III

December 14, 1951 - July 2, 2023

Morris W. “Marty” La Rue, III, age 71, of Selbyville, DE, formerly of Middletown, DE, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2023.

Born in Chester, PA on December 14, 1951, he was the son of the late Morris W. and Nora A. La Rue Jr. of Bradenton, FL.  Marty graduated from Claymont High School in 1970, where he was the only man in Claymont High School history to be voted Homecoming Queen by his class.  According to the year book, it was Marty’s persistence of raising more money than all of the contestants to make the prom a huge success and certainly one to be remembered!  After graduation, Marty went on to become a chemical operator for DuPont Edgemoor for 38 years.

Marty loved his morning trips to the beach, surf fishing, happy hour on the beach, and watching NASCAR.  He always looked forward to riding his Harley on road trips to bike weeks to Americade and Myrle Beach.  Marty was lovingly known as the official neighborhood dog greeter, he always had a treat in hand and a pat on the head waiting for the dogs walking by.  Most of all, Marty loved and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Marty is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Patti; children, Marty La Rue (Josie) of Newark, Patrick La Rue (Amber) of New Bern, NC, and Jessi Lawson (Scott) of Smyrna; grandchildren, Logan, Kayla, Becca, Emily, Avery, Emma, Caraline, William, and Joseph; and sister, Dotti Christeson of Selbyville.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 pm on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a celebration of life will begin at 12 pm. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marty’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by clicking here.


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19 Condolences for Morris W. “Marty” La Rue III

  • My love and prayers go out to you Pat and family. Marty was “One of a Kind” he will be missed my many. Prayers. Rest in Peace Marty. Cousin Bonnie

  • So sorry for your loss as I know how much he will be missed by his family and friends!

  • Rest in peace, Marty. You were a lot of fun and a good friend. We had fun times at The Garage that will stay forever in our hearts just like you.

  • Uncle Marty was such a kind and loving and gentle man. He was truly one of a kind. He really loved his family. I will remember him fondly and I know he will be missed dearly. I’m sure he is in heaven, with Poppop Cooper, looking down on his family, protecting them and guiding them. I hope he is also riding his motorcycle and fishing and catching lots of big fish! You will be dearly missed, beloved Uncle, Father and Grandfather.

  • My condolences he was a great uncle 🥹❤️💯

  • Our best beach buddy, Marty. We always wanted those beach Happy Hours and garage talks to be endless. Always in our hearts.

  • You are in my thoughts and prayers Jess at your father’s passing. I know how hard his loss is on all of you. I am sorry for your loss. Beautiful tribute to your Dad’s life. God bless. Much love to you and Logan as well as the rest of your family.

  • So sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you Patti and your family. Rest in peace Marty.

  • My Condolences are with you & Your Family Patti, I’m so sorry!!!

  • Patti and family please accept my deepest condolences. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your husband, father, grand father. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Marty was a great person he will truly be missed so sorry for your loss

  • Pat, Marty, Patrick and Jessi and families, Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Marc are devastated. We send our love, hugs and heart felt sympathies to you all. Love you guys. -Aunt Cheryl & Uncle Marc and family

  • Grace and I are saddened by your profound loss. You are in our thoughts.

  • Dear Patti and family – Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with you. Marty was always kind, happy, and had a smile for everyone! RIP Marty.
    Ronnie & Marti (Uncle & Aunt)

  • So sorry for your loss

  • Rest in peace Marty, prayers are with you Patti & your family. I’m sure you have a lot of great memories to cherish. I have a lot of happy memories growing up with Marty.
    Jean and Gerry Shields
    Prayers to the family.

  • Dear Pat,
    I am very sorry to read about your husband Marty’s passing. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to you.❤️

  • Dear Pat. So very sorry .Although I never met Marty I know from you how special he was . The best we can do is to remember all the great times we’ve had. Please take care of yourself x

  • Sor very sorry to hear the news of Marty’s passing! I worked with him at the Edgemoor plant for years! I enjoyed being his Screening Operator because he was so good at his job! May God bless and keep your family during this trying time! He was one of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with! This saddens me so much! He will be greatly missed by all!