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Everett Marsily "Mo" Witzel

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Everett Marsily "Mo" Witzel Obituary
Everett Marsily "Mo" Witzel Everett Marsily "Mo" Witzel celebrated his 99th Birthday on April 29th and passed away on May 5th. A third generation San Franciscan, Mo attended Argonne Elementary School, Lowell High School and graduated from UC Berkeley, where he met Jane Miller, a fellow classmate. They were married on December 15, 1942 in the Chapel at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Jane was his lifelong love, sailing companion and support in their family and business activities until her passing in 2007. Upon graduation from Cal, Mo served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines during WWII. After the war he began a lengthy career selling industrial safety equipment. He worked for many years for E.D. Bullard Co. in Sausalito, relocating the family to Westport, CT from 1960-1965 to expand the business into the eastern half of the country. After returning to Marin, he became Vice President of Sales. Subsequently, Mo established his own manufacturers' representative firm, Witzel Associates, selling numerous lines of safety equipment throughout the West. Mo's greatest joy was sailing on San Francisco Bay, which he enjoyed well into his 90s. From a very young age Mo and his two older brothers, Claude and Fred, were involved in the family's sailing activities. The family kept a 42' yawl, THELMA, moored at the Corinthian YC and spent weekends sailing the Bay. One of the older brothers would come over to the Corinthian YC from their home in San Francisco on Fridays to be joined by their parents, Claus and Emma. With young Mo in tow, the three of them would take the Sausalito /Tiburon ferry over Saturday afternoons after work. They would spend the weekend sailing around the Bay, anchoring for the night at Paradise Cove, McNears Beach or China Camp. After joining the St. Francis YC in 1955, Mo crewed on a number of prominent SF Bay boats. Mo also crewed in several ocean races including to La Paz in 1968, to Acapulco in 1970, the 1973 Transpac to Hawaii and many Windjammer Races to Santa Cruz. After Mo retired from racing and sold his own boat he and Jane purchased power boats to enjoy fishing and cruising up the Delta and down to Monterey with members of Marin YC. Mo is survived by his three sons Kenneth (Marilyn), Tom (Carla), and Jim (Leigh), four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and five nieces and nephews who will miss his company and conversations about early San Francisco history, ancestor Cornelius DeBoom's arrival in San Francisco in early 1849, and summering at the Russian River. Donations may be made in Mo's memory to his favorite sailing non-profit, SEA, Sailing Education Adventures at 369B 3rd Street #420, San Rafael, CA 94901.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from May 18 to May 20, 2018
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