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Salvatore Onofrio James Marino Obituary
Marino, Salvatore Onofrio James known by family and hundreds of close friends as the Crow, died earlier this month at home in Newport Beach. He was 83 years old. He died of natural causes on June 3, said his oldest son, Jim Marino. Marino was born in St. Louis and grew up in the Italian-American neighborhood known as The Hill, where his father owned a macaroni factory that manufactured several types of pasta. He attended Christian Brothers College High School and St. Louis University before working for his father's factory, joining the U.S. Air Force and eventually buying used car dealership in the 1950s in St. Louis. He married Dolores Carmen Marino in St. Louis, and the couple had four children. In the early 1970s, Marino visited a friend in Newport Beach and stayed at the Balboa Bay Club. At that moment, his son Jim said, he began figuring out a way to move west. He said, 'I like the Lake of the Ozarks, but I'm moving to Newport Beach,' his son said. In 1971, Marino bought a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Alhambra, and the family moved to the Dover Shores neighborhood. Then he opened up Jim Marino Motorcars on PCH by the Balboa Bay Club, Jim Marino said. We had high-end classic cars. Marino also owned a Volkswagen dealership in Huntington Beach, a Mazda dealership in Buena Park, a Pontiac and Honda dealership in Fullerton, and a Mitsubishi dealership also in Orange County. In the '70s, he was pretty big in the car business, Jim Marino said, adding that at one point in the '70s and '80s, he owned seven dealerships. He also opened The Crow's Nest boat brokerage in 1972, when it was on the the bay front next to the Crab Cooker. The name played on a childhood nickname that he carried his entire life, his son said, which was based on his dark, Sicilian skin tone. Although his wife had been reluctant at first to leave her home town of St. Louis, the couple lived a very happy and full life in California, Jim Marino said. They were members at Big Canyon Country Club and the Balboa Bay Club, and Marino enjoyed golfing, tennis, boating and spending time in homes in Palm Desert and Aspen. After he retired in 1992, Marino continued an active lifestyle but focused on spending time with family, including traditional Sunday lunches and Tuesday dinners with salsiccia or spaghetti and meatballs, his favorites. He was a family guy, Jim Marino said. In addition to Jim Marino, he is survived by three other children and nine grandchildren, including Frank Marino of Newport Beach and grandchildren Francesca, Dante, Antonella and Olivia; Tony Marino of Rancho Mirage, his wife Nadia, and grandchildren A.J. and Gianna; Julia Marino Graham of Newport Beach, her husband Derek and granddaughter Chloe; and Jim Marino's wife, Sandi, and grandchildren Sophia and Enzo of Corona del Mar. Dolores Marino died in in 2012. A private memorial was held at Big Canyon Country Club earlier this month. Jim Marino said his father was active and independent until he died, and was known for his unique charisma. He had these hysterical and sort of profound one-liners, Jim Marino said. If you met him, you would never forget him. He had a way about him. I never met anyone like him - no one ever has. He was generous and kind¢$ºHe was successful in St. Louis, and he was 40 years old when he decided to pack up and make it a bigger life out here. It was his dream, and he did it.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 13, 2014
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