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June 20, 1959 - June 11, 2015 Marker Wiegand, beloved husband of Michele Shafroth and son of Joan Wiegand, passed away from complications associated with ALS. Marker was born in Evanston, Illinois to Arthur and Joan Wiegand. Marker moved to Chatham, New Jersey soon after he was born, and lived there until his family moved to London when he was 10. In England, he studied at the American School in London. He returned to New Jersey in the 8th grade then attended Bridgewater-Raritan High School, where he was valedictorian of his high school class and played on the soccer team for 4 years. Summers, Marker was a lifeguard on Long Beach Island, writing poetry on a daily basis, as he enjoyed the ocean. Marker graduated from University of Pennsylvania, in 1981, with a double major in Biophysics and Anthropology. After graduating, Marker bought a one way ticket to Japan where he lived in Tokyo. He arrived with very little money and initially survived on bananas and soba noodles. During his stay he had a variety of jobs, including singing original songs in a night club, selling Jelly Bellys and working in a laboratory and then for Ricoh Copiers where he obtained a patent for a fiber optic device. Wanting to understand finance, Marker returned from Japan in 1983 to attend graduate school at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and work in Silicon Valley. After graduation in 1987 Marker, began a 26 year career at Amgen where he worked in a variety of positions, including using his Japanese language skills to work on a joint venture with Kirin Beer; in Finance working on joint ventures and acquisitions; in Licensing; in Marketing and finally as a Director responsible for Patient Marketing and Direct to Consumer Advertising. He was named one of the top 25 DTC Marketers nationally in 2010. He loved working for Amgen as he felt that Amgen was seeking new medicines to help cancer and anemia patients, among others. Marker met his wife Michele Shafroth in Los Angeles in 1990. Coincidently Marker and Michele were born just miles from each other as their parents lived in neighboring Chicago towns. They married on May 26, 1991 in Santa Monica and after living in mid-Wilshire, settled in Pacfic Palisades in 1998. Marker and Michele traveled to France every year to visit Michele's family. The family are devoted members of the St. Mathews Church community where Marker served as an Usher. Marker was warm and thoughtful, with a wonderful sense of humor and sense of fun. He was always first to think of others. He was an avid skier, loved to travel, enjoyed Opera and theater. Marker is survived by his wife of 24 years, Michele Shafroth; children Natalie and Claire Wiegand; mother, Jackie Wiegand, a brother, Mitchell Wiegand, and sister Kim Wiegand. Marker was proceeded in death by his father, Arthur Wiegand. Services will be held at 10:00 AM on June 20th at St. Mathew's Parish in Pacific Palisades. The family requests donations to the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins in memory of Marker Wiegand or https://secure.jhu.edu/form/packals in lieu of flowers.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 18 to June 20, 2015
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