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Joseph Paul Mardesich M.D.

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Joseph Paul Mardesich M.D. Obituary
August 8, 1924 - August 24, 2017 Joeseph Mardesich was born in Long Beach, California, on August 8, 1924 and passed away surrounded by his family in Torrance, California, on August 24, 2017 after a brief illness. In Joe's teens and early twenties, he greatly enjoyed working as a commercial fisherman on his father's fishing boats along with his brothers in Washington and Alaska. He attended Everett High School and, after graduating from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science degree, he went on to St. Louis University where he received his medical degree. After serving two years as a Lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service, Joe completed his residency in ophthalmology at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1961, "Doctor Joe" moved his young family to Southern California where they resided in Rancho Palos Verdes for over 50 years. During his nearly four decades as a practicing ophthalmologist, he was very proud to provide the utmost of care for all his patients either in his practice in Beverly Hills, while making house calls or during his time on staff at Centinela, Century City and Beverly Hills Doctors Hospitals.  Joe enjoyed being an active member of the Dalmatian American Club of San Pedro for over fifty years. He also served on the Board in the positions of Director, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Club for over 20 years. For his dedication to the Club, he was presented with the Award of Honor for meritorious service. In addition, Joe was the Vice President of the San Pedro/Komiza Sister Cities Committee for many years. Dr. Joe was preceded in death by his parents Nikola and Mary (née Felando) Mardesich, and brothers Tony, August and Nicholas Mardesich. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marie (née Zuanich), his children Nicholas Mardesich, Marianne Reas (John) and Deann Svorinich (Rudy); his grandchildren Joseph and Matthew Mardesich and Gregory and Danielle Svorinich; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be a celebration of Joe's wonderful life in a few weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of his life may be made to the Dalmatian American Club of San Pedro Scholarship Fund (1639 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731) or in his name, to the Doheny Eye Institute (Post Office Box 86228, Los Angeles, CA  90086-0228).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4, 2017
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