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December 23, 1926 - May 31, 2011
John Marin of Pacific Palisades passed away May 31, 2011, after a courageous battle with leukemia at the age of 84.
Marin was born in New York City December 23, 1926 to Ned and Kathryn Seeman Marin. He spent his youth in Malibu and Beverly Hills, graduated from Stanford University in 1950 with a degree in journalism, then moved to the east coast where in 1954 he became one of four founders who launched Sports Illustrated magazine.
Still with Sports Illustrated, Marin came home to Southern California in 1961. His tenure in publishing at Time Incorporated spanned 54 years including 18 years in key roles at People Magazine. Finishing his career as a Senior Advisor to Time Inc., he retired in 2006, only to return as a consultant for Sports Illustrated in Los Angeles for two more years.
Quite active in a diverse array of outside interests, Marin was intimately involved as a consultant to Callaway Golf. He was a Director of organizations including the Santa Monica Museum of Flying, Big Brothers of Los Angeles, a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the 1984 Olympics, served on the board of Great Southwest Corp, and was a consultant for the American Golf Corporation. As the President of the Advertising Club of Los Angeles he received the AAF Silver Medal for 'Outstanding Contributions to Advertising and Furthering Industry Standards.' But closest to Marin's heart were his beloved Bel-Air Country Club, for which he proudly served as a Director and Officer over the course of his 39 year membership, and Stanford University, as a Director of the Alumni Association, a Director of the Athletic Board, and 65 years as the Stanford Cardinal and Stanford Marching Band's number one fan.
He was celebrated for the letters he wrote to his friends from all corners of the globe, he could see the silver lining in any situation, and his greatest pleasure was connecting people he knew to each other, creating new friendships and business relationships. John Marin was an elegant and passionate ambassador of the power of the human spirit. He called his children each and every day.
John Marin is survived by his wife of 28 years Katie Marin, his loving children, Alden, Britten and Mindy, stepsons Rick and Jason Costes, Jim Baier and Kathryne and Bill Dahlman of Sherman Oaks, Laura and Will Dahlman of La Canada, the members of the Bel-Air Country Club, and countless others who were touched by his gracious style and caring nature.
In recognition of the exceptional care John Marin received at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, donations in his name to the St. John's Health Center Foundation would be welcomed. Visit www.stjohns.org or for direct link to donations page, click http://tiny.cc/johnmarin .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 4 to July 4, 2011