© 2023 WVIK
Listen at 90.3 FM and 98.3 FM in the Quad Cities, 95.9 FM in Dubuque, or on the WVIK app!
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Remembering Father Mottet

Diocese of Davenport

A man known for his decades of work for social justice has died. Monsignor Marvin Mottet died Friday at the age of 86.

After attending Saint Ambrose College, Mottet was ordained to the priesthood at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport in 1956. A year later, he helped organize the Catholic Inter-racial Council in the city to fight racial discrimination and segregation. 

In 1969, he opened the Social Action Department for the Diocese of Davenport. And he was instrumental is bringing both Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Junior to the Quad Cities to receive the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.

Just three months ago, Father Mottet celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination.

Funeral arrangements are being made by the Davenport Diocese. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.