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Michael Marienthal, a decorated Marine who played football for UCLA and served as the men's basketball official scorer for 50 years, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Michael, 89 years old, was born June 19, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended UCLA where he participated in the 1942 Rose Bowl and the 1943 East-West All Star Game, where he was chosen all Pacific Guard and Honorable Mention All-American. He received his Bachelor's Degree with Highest Honors in 1946, continuing on at UCLA to receive his Master's Degree and teaching credential in 1951. During World War II, he served as an Officer in the United States Marines Corps and was retired as a result of combat wounds in the battle at Okinawa. He lost his left leg above the knee and severely injured his right leg. Michael worked in the Los Angeles School System as Teacher, Coach and Secondary School Principal, eventually retiring in 1983 after serving 35 years. He served as a Personnel Scout and Evaluator for the Los Angeles Rams, 1951-1973.
Michael is survived by his wife Karleen and five children, Carla Wheeler, Diane Lings (Dale), Carol Skaar, Gale McKinney (Scott) and Mike Marienthal (Leigh), 12 grandchildren, Jordan (Robyn) and Fletcher Lings, Jeremy (Laura) Wheeler, Lauren (Michael) Vartan and Danielle Skaar, Melissa (Jeff) White, Cassidy and Kolina McKinney, Scott, Kyle, Alexander and Wesley Marienthal and five great grandchildren, Sydney and Charlotte Wheeler, Justin, Nicole and Rylee White.
Services will take place at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 200 Avenida San Pablo, San Clemente, 92672, Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UCLA Foundation/Gold Shield for scholarships in memory of Michael J. Marienthal. Send to: 8328 Reading Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 6, 2013