Mark Owens Jr.
1926 - 2021
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Mark Owens, Jr.
October 21, 1926 - March 26, 2021
Resident of Walnut Creek, CA
Mark was born in Kobe Japan to Mark Owens Sr and Gertrude Adams who proceeded him in death as did his brother John Owens of CA.
Mark's father graduated from Cornell in 1917 and after WWI was employed by the Socony Vacuum Oil Co in Shimonaseki Japan. His mother's family moved from England & Norway to Japan in the 1800's. Mark's parents married in Kobe and soon after Mark's birth the family moved to Seoul Korea where his brother John was born. Mark attended the American School in both Japan and Korea. His summers were spent in New Jersey visiting family. During WWII the family relocated to NJ & CA where Mark was enrolled at the Army & Navy Academy in Carlsbad receiving a tuition reduction for working as a waiter. At age 17 Mark convinced his parents to allow him to join the Army and he received a commission and orders to the Allied Translator and Interpreters Service. War had ended by his arrival in Japan and he was transferred to Yong Dong Po Korea. There he was reunited with his beloved childhood amah Maria who he often remarked that she was a lovely guide and mentor to him. Mark met and married Doris Turner a nurse in Korea the mother of his children. In 1948 he became a member of the US Army Reserves until his retirement in 1977 as Colonel of Camp Parks 6237th USAR.
Mark graduated from UCLA in 1951 and while attending school he worked for the PIC Detective Agency guarding the homes of many celebrities. Mark was accepted to UC Hastings School of Law and remarked "law school was like an educational rebirth and I loved the analytical process of law study." He subsidized his education by becoming a school janitor. Mark was elected to the Order of the Coif and graduated in 1954. He then accepted the job of Deputy District Attorney of Tulare County, Ca.
In 1956 the University of California was establishing an in-house legal dept. Mark accepted the positions of Attorney in Residence Matters, Advisor to the Patent Board, Attorney for the three Atomic Energy Commission Laboratories & Agricultural Extension and general legal matters. In 1963 he became Patent Administrator and in 1974 Mark became Assist Vice President and Dir of Business Affairs for the University. In 1978 he became Dir to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and retired from UC in 1989.
In 1960 Mark began teaching at San Francisco Law School and served as Dean for over 21yrs. Students and colleagues spoke highly of Dean Owens as a man of integrity, leadership and commitment. He inspired, educated, guided and supported every student under his tenure and would greet them by name in the halls. He was an eloquent dignitary who prevailed, a dapper dresser, a respected authoritative figure who had a dry and wicked sense of humor with a gentle and soft spoken manner yet his word was final and he was admired and loved. A true Renaissance man. Mark served as pro tem for the Superior Court of San Francisco & Civil Court of Walnut Creek. He was given a State of California Resolution by the Hon Milton Marks and a SF Proclamation from Hon Mayor Willie Brown, Jr.
Mark married his beloved Barbara Heidt-Genger in 1992. "This has proven to be the smartest decision I ever made." Together they complemented each other, traveled to the foreign capitals of the world and enjoyed the sunsets of Hawaii. The times spent at their Tahoe cabin were special as were family memories at Pebble Beach. He loved to share a good martini with friends especially in the corner booth at Trader Vics.
Mark leaves behind his children Pamela Owens, Megan Owens, Christopher Owens, Karen Thomas; grandchildren Christopher Owens, Vesta Lammerding; step-daughter Beth Conley; step-grandchildren Julie Davidson, Katie Delsol and 8 great-grandchildren and sisters-in-law Mary Connolly, Catherine Bolcerek. We wish to thank Kindred Hospice Fairfield and Golden Heart Senior Care Walnut Creek for their devoted and loving care to Mark. A Celebration of Mark's life will be held in the summer. Remembrances in Mark's name may be made to your favorite charity.


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Published in East Bay Times from Apr. 17 to Apr. 25, 2021.
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April 23, 2021
Dean Mark Owens was a wonderfully inspiring leader who presided over one of the oldest and most successful law schools in The City, San Francisco Law School. For many years he was the foundation and inspiration for the administration staff and students. He will be missed.
Peggy & Philip Havey & Pat Alley
Coworker
April 18, 2021
My father, Thomas Cunningham, was the General Counsel of UC when Mark joined the office in 1956. I visited the office often, and greatly enjoyed my interactions with Mark. His eyes were always smiling, and his genuinely friendly attitude never waivered. I know that my father ("The Judge") relied heavily on Mark's abilities and counsel, and highly valued his presence within the small group that made up the original members of the office. I went on to my own career in the law, and always considered Mark to be a sterling example of a wise and compassionate attorney. I count myself lucky to have known him.
My most sincere condolences,
-- Richard
Richard Cunningham
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Dean Owens was a good man. Very supportive during my years at SFLS and beyond. He saw my potential and encouraged me throughout while others felt threatened or were basically insecure. Will always treasure his support and friendship.
Marty Ruane
Friend
April 17, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful Father!
Thank you for your support throughout my life. You were a loving man to all who knew you. You will be missed.
Chris Owens
Son
April 14, 2021
I sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. May the love of God, friends and family comfort you through your grief. 2nd Thessalonians 2: 16,17
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