Marlin Kroh Hoff, 66, prominent cattle breeder

December 10, 2004

A memorial service for Marlin Kroh Hoff, a nationally known breeder of Holstein cattle and owner-operator of Carroll County's largest dairy farm, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St., Westminster.

Mr. Hoff, 66, died of pancreatic cancer Nov. 28 at his Coldsprings Farm in New Windsor. The 1,300-acre farm has been in his family since 1869.

A 1956 graduate of Westminster High School, Mr. Hoff earned a bachelor's degree in dairy science from the University of Maryland in 1967. His work breeding Holsteins won many awards.

The Maryland Holstein Association presented him its junior breeder, senior breeder and distinguished service awards, and the National Dairy Shrine gave him its Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award in 2000.

He was a past president of the Carroll County Holstein Club and the Maryland Holstein Association, and was chairman of the group's 1981 convention in Baltimore. He was a member of the board of Holstein USA.

For many years, Mr. Hoff was a director of the Maryland State Fair. He also served on the Carroll County Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board.

He enjoyed singing and performed with Herb Sell's Carroll County Chorale Society and the New Windsor Players.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Kathleen Roach; two sons, Ian A. Hoff and Matthew M. Hoff, both of New Windsor; a brother, Samuel C. Hoff of Gamber; a sister, Shirley A. Hoff of Westminster; and three grandchildren. Another son, Patrick Adam Hoff, died in 1978.

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