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Karl L. Marinko

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Karl L. Marinko In Petaluma, CA, Karl L. Marinko passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 27th, 2007 after a brief illness; he was 46. He was born in San Francisco on August 2nd, 1961. Karl grew up in Marin and began playing the piano at a very young age. At 13 he joined a popular Marin Band named "Sequoia". He played with the band for years before moving to Oregon where he played keyboard with more bands than he could remember, gaining exceptional versatility in Blues, Zydedco, R&B etc… . Karl was a kind hearted man with a great wit and sense of humor, and was loved by all who knew this humble and very talented musician. He played the keyboard for over a decade with the "Pulsators", along with the band "Fiasco" and his own band the "Soul Surgeons", as well as with many other local musicians. Karl was influenced early on by his father, Wallace L. Marinko, a Jazz organ and piano player, who passed away on September 21st, 2004. Karl is survived by his beloved Mother, Lucille Marinko, his beloved sister, Vicki Marinko, his girlfriend, Kristie Degan and her daughter Ginger -- the apple of his eye -- who called him "Uncle Daddy", by his dog Callie who was always by his side -- even on his gigs, his Aunts Radene Rupert and Thelma Naumann and their families, by his cousins: Eric Marinko, Cheryl Walters, Michelle Marinko Salazer, Christine Keil and Brent Rupert, all of Kansas, and dear second and third cousins in St. Louis and Illinois. His smile and warmth of heart will always be with those who loved him. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Sunday, October 7th, at the Tradewinds, 8210 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, CA from 3 to 8 p.m., where he frequently played with the "Pulsators". Arrangements under the direction of: DUGGAN'S MISSION CHAPEL MISSION CREMATION SERVICE Sonoma, California 707.996.3655
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Oct. 2, 2007
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