Marvin Wolfenson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 13, 1926, and passed away in La Jolla, California, on December 21, 2013.|
Marvin grew up as a standout athlete on the North Side of Minneapolis, excelling at baseball and basketball. His love of sports influenced his business ventures. Along with his business partner of 54 years, Harvey Ratner, the duo created the largest indoor tennis club chain in the United States. As well as a tennis afficionado, Wolfenson was also a #1 ranked USTA senior tennis player.
Marvin and wife, Elayne, were long standing members of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. In addition to their health clubs and other real estate holdings, Wolfenson and Ratner brought the NBA back to Minnesota when they purchased the Minnesota Timberwolves expansion franchise in 1986 and personally built/owned Target Center, home to the Minnesota Timberwolves and venue for entertainment of every type.
The love of Mr. Wolfenson's life was his wife, Elayne, and his family. He and Elayne were married 60 years on December, 20, 2013, the day before he passed away. The Wolfensons built their La Jolla Shores oceanfront home in 1980 and moved permanently from Minneapolis to La Jolla in 2007.
In addition to Elayne, Marvin Wolfenson is survived by his three children, Ellyn Wolfenson (Mick Belzer), Ernie Wolfenson and David Wolfenson; grandchildren, Lauren (Brad) Sundick, Brooke Stein, Carly (Howie) Hoffman and Ben Stein; great-grandchildren, Maya and Stella Hoffman and Madeline Sundick.
Mr. Wolfenson was treated like a king by special caregivers, Monica, Minerva, Maria, Christina, Polett and Charlene.
Funeral services took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 26, 2013.
Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 3, 2014