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PAUL OZ

Paul Oz The Wizard of Larkspur Died unexpectedly August 11, 2013 at age 78. Paul was known by all as an engaging individual, gifted with magical and unusual talents, and having optics all his own through which he viewed the world. There will be no way to fill the space he leaves in the lives of all who knew him. Born Paul von Eichman in New York, Paul was raised by two artists. His father, Bernard "Red" von Eichman, was the youngest member of "The Society of Six", a group of California plein-air impressionist painters. His mother, Mildred Stazer, was a commercial artist in New York. The two met and began their family in lower Manhattan with Paul and his two sisters, then in 1944 relocated to Mill Valley where a brother, Alan, was born. Paul joined the Marine Corps during the Korean War, moved around a bit, then finally "settled down" in Larkspur in the mid-1950s. Paul was like his father, largely self-taught and creative at whatever he did. At various times he worked on ocean freighters, delivered sailboats, and traded various and rare objects. He enjoyed adventurous trips with friends to Latin America, listing here but a few: to Yucatan in an old MG in the 60s; to Baja many times in his VW camper; to Nicaragua in the 80s to deliver toys to children. His creativity found its outlet in building, repairing and remodeling houses in Marin. Always generous to his friends, Paul surrounded himself over the years with people of very different natures, but having one common characteristic: "Good intentions go a long way." Paul lost his wife, Mikie Harper, and his sisters years ago, but his brother Alan still lives in Marin. Paul viewed the end of life simply: When the great spirit calls, it's time to go. Whether his memory is with the great spirit, in the Emerald City, or our own hearts, Paul Oz will never be forgotten. A private gathering in his honor will be held September 1.

Published in Marin Independent Journal from Aug. 23 to Aug. 28, 2013
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