Irving Sevin was born on October 17, 1921 in Chicago, IL to Louis and Esther. His father was the son of the head of the Lubavitz Chassidim in Chicago for many years.
He completed his elementary and high school education, as well as his studies in the Herzl College, in 1943 and was drafted into the US Army, serving as a radar technician for over two years on the European front. After his discharge he spent some eight months training on the Habonim Hachshara in New Jersey, where he met and married his wife.
In September 1947 Irving and his wife made aliya and settled in Kibbutz Ma'ayan Baruch. During the War of Independence, he served as a driver transporting arms and ammunition to the defense forces. On June 9, 1948 he was killed while on active duty and was buried in the cemetery at Tel Hai.