He began his life as John Kenneth William Hunter on Dec 2, 1932 in Verdun, Canada. At 14 years old, he left his loving family and his country to be schooled by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in Metuchen, New Jersey. He joined the order and became known as Brother Marvin. His studies took him to Springhill College where he graduated and accepted a teaching position on campus. At the age of 21, he was the school’s youngest teacher. After living in Alabama, he made his way to New Orleans and taught at St. Aloysius High School (now Brother Martin), where he also coached the baseball team. God led him to the secular life in the 1960s, where he began working in the Oil & Gas industry. He met his wife, Carmen Pazmino Hunter, and the two wed in early 1969. Together, they had Kim Hunter Dowell, Kenneth William Hunter Junior, and Katherine Hunter Mock. In his later years, he began teaching at Immaculata High School. The year he began at IHS, Carmen was called to Jesus, to which the school paid him the sweetest tribute of bussing his students to her funeral. Senior Hunter, as he was affectionally called by his students, served as the Spanish teacher for several years before transitioning to his other passion, maintaining the school’s facilities. During his life, he was actively involved in his parish at Christ the King Church in Terrytown. He and Carmen were also involved at St. Julian Eymard in Algiers. She was the choir leader/guitar player while he played the bass guitar and sang. He was an active participant in his community. His love for St. Aloysius/Brother Martin lasted long after his football-playing son graduated, so much so that up until his late 70s he was running with the ‘chain gang’ for football games at Tad Gormley Stadium. He also worked into his 80s at the Gretna Historical Society. His giving nature showed as he was one of the longest continuing blood donors in his area - donating every six weeks for many years.
He treated his sons-in-law, Darren Dowell and Jeffrey Mock, like his own. His family was the most important to him and his legacy lives on in his grandkids: Jean-Jacques Hunter, Eloise Hunter, J.R. Mock, Ivan Dowell, Andrew Mock, Lola Dowell and Kenny Mock. He cared greatly for his niece Jo-Ann Clahane and for his Ecuadorian family who treated him as one of their own. He held dear to him the Dowell, Coussan, Morgan and Mock families.
He deeply valued Catholic education. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to one of the four named schools below through #igiveCatholic and links.
St. Thomas Moore High School, Lafayette
Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary, Slidell
Brother Martin High School, New Orleans
Academy of Our Lady High School, Marrero