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SIEKE, Mark R. A most beloved man, Mark R. Sieke of Culver City passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on March 18, 2013. Born in NYC, Mark grew up in the Sunnyside and Flushing areas of Queens and then Richmond, Indiana before moving to Fullerton, California in 1972. He graduated first in his class from Sunny Hills High School in 1975 and then graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1979. He worked first as a CPA for Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, and then entered UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law in 1981, graduating in 1984. Mark was known as a brilliant tax lawyer, and he worked in this capacity for several firms over the years, most recently Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp. He was a believer in collegiality and collaboration and was most fulfilled when he was able to mentor, co-create, assist or inspire others. At home, he was the endlessly proud and supportive father of two children, Alison and Ben, who delighted him in every way and received his faithful attention at all turns. Mark served on the Board of the Actors Gang in Culver City, and previously for the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at Culver City High School, and was the attorney for Playing For Change. Avid music collector, laugher and adventurer, he was a unique individual who insisted on seeing or bringing out the best in people and will be remembered, as he already has, as one of the nicest and warmest people one could ever meet.
In addition to Ben and Ali, he leaves behind his wife Janet Bowden, long-separated, brother Eric T. Sieke of Manhattan Beach, Eric's wife Judith Bloom and their daughter Susanna Sieke, his love Susan and dear friend Claudette, and many, many more friends who will never forget him. A memorial service for Mark will be held on Sunday, March 24 from 3 to 5 pm at the Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Blvd, Culver City, with stories of Mark being shared. Ties, suits and black unnecessary. Donations may be made in his memory to The Actor's Gang, Playing for Change or Culver City High School's AVPA. www.gateskingsley.com
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 22, 2013
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