Mahendra R. Varia, age 78, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at his home in Martin. He was born in Jamnagar, India, to the late Rangildas and Diwaliben Varia.
Mahendra and his wife, Chandra, came to Martin in 1979 and embraced it as their home.
He was a retired veterinarian and a member of the Martin City Council since 1998. He and his wife were dedicated philanthropists, establishing the Varia Family Foundation in 2000 and are inextricably linked with their community.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Renu and Jagdish Mehta; a sister, Mina and (Navin) Doshi; a grandson, Satya Mehta; a granddaughter, Sheel and (Rick) Slone; and a nephew, Anand and (Kejal) Doshi. Other nephews and nieces include Jigar (Anju) Varia, Manisha (Ketan) Mazani, Dilip (Chandrika) Shah, Ashwin (Panna) Shah, Punit (Nutan) Shah and Asha (Tushar) Gosalia.
Preceding him in death besides his parents was his brother, Kishor Varia.
Visitation will be at Hall Funeral Home Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at Hall Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Joseph Martin (Our Lady of the Way) for a focus on cardiac care.