MEHDI "MAX" NEMAZI(1925 - 2014)

NEMAZI, MEHDI MAX88, passed away in Altamonte Springs, Florida on January 3, 2014. Max was born August 23, 1925 in Shiraz, Iran, and moved to the United States in 1948 to pursue a Master's degree in Diesel Engineering at the University North Carolina. After graduation in 1950 he moved to Detroit to work for the Detroit Diesel Division of General Motors. He was married in 1951 to Mary Jackson, and they were together for 59 years until her passing in 2010. Max and Mary lived in Livonia, Michigan for over 50 years where they raised their children John and Diane. After a 34 year career as an engineer, Max retired from Detroit Diesel to pursue his varied hobbies full time. Max volunteered his time as a docent at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and as a lab technician at the University of Michigan Ornithology Department often riding his bicycle to Ann Arbor from Livonia. Max was also active in The Nature Conservancy, The Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, guiding numerous nature hikes. Max loved nature and outdoor fitness activities. He was a serious long distance runner for many years, and was member of the Motor City Striders running club. He ran numerous marathons, from Boston to Hawaii, running his personal best time of 2 hours 47 minutes in the Detroit-Windsor marathon when he was 58 years old. In his retirement Max travelled around the world on a series of outdoor adventure vacations, often involving hiking, biking, canoeing, bird watching or mountain climbing, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania when he was 64 years old. Max is survived by his son John Nemazi (Lisa), daughter Diane Richardson (Richard), grandchildren Leslie and Lauren Nemazi, Kari Kerby, Robert and Eric Richardson, great granddaughter Sarah Kerby, Sister in laws Marie Nemazie, Beverly Edens, Evelyn Jackson, brother in law Herb Cook, and many nieces, nephews and their children. Max was pre-deceased by brothers Joe Nemazi and Sam Nemazie, brother in laws Thomas Jackson and Ray Edens, sister in-laws Mary Theresa Nemazi and Barbara Cook, and nephews James Kenyon, Thomas Jackson, and James Nemazi. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Baldwin Fairchild Chapel, 301 NE Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando. In lieu of flowers the family suggests making a donation to Matthaei Botanical Gardens

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Baldwin-Fairchild Ivanhoe
301 NE Ivanhoe Blvd Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 898-8111

Published in the Orlando Sentinel from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2014