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Marc Richard Palotay

Marc Richard Palotay Obituary
February 17, 1950 - March 20, 2015 Marc Palotay, a deep lover of people and of life, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 20th, 2015. There are no words to express the sorrow of those who knew Marc, and to know him was to love him - his humor, his generosity, his ready laugh, and his ability to brighten the mood or the day of anyone, anywhere. The clearest testament to the man Marc was is his friends. Throughout every stage of his life, Marc nurtured deep and meaningful relationships with so many, from his UPS delivery man, to coworkers, to security guards, to his three best friends: his children Michael, Lauren, and Rachel. Born in Auburn to Madeline and Dr. Richard Palotay on February 17th, 1950, Marc was born and raised a California boy. He attended Westchester High School, moving on to the University of Southern California in 1968, where he developed his lifelong, unconditional devotion to the Trojans. During those years of football games and fraternity gatherings, Marc did manage to learn something, earning his degree in Business and going on to the prestigious Boalt Hall School of Law, at UC Berkeley, where he honed his already razor sharp intellect, meaning he became a liberal :). As a tax attorney and CPA, Marc displayed much energy, expertise, and creativity throughout his career, beginning in 1975 with his time at Coopers & Lybrand, where he met and fell in love with the woman who would become his wife of 30 years, Christine Southwick, a fellow CPA. But most of Marc's professional life was spent at Universal Studios, where he played a vital role for over 32 years. As Senior Vice President and General Tax Counsel of NBCUniversal, Marc worked on countless film deals and became an industry guru for questions in his field, sharing his expertise often with colleagues around the world. The people that worked with Marc loved him deeply, which was obvious in the way he laughed with them, how they celebrated him at his 30-year work anniversary, and how many feted him, in togas, at his last birthday party just days before his passing, comically themed "The Ides of Marc." And it was through work that he met the woman who made the last 8 months of his life so full of joy, fun, and love - his girlfriend, Mary Ledding. It is she and his family that will miss him most. His sisters Bette and Jeanne, their husbands, his five nieces and nephews, his three children and their mother, are all blessed with decades of beautiful memories of knowing glances, tender hugs, wet kisses, and so much laughter. He loved Mammoth, he loved to dance, he loved Costco, and we loved him. A major part of what made our lives bright is gone and we will miss him forever. The celebration of Marc's life will be held at Bel Air Presbyterian Church (16221 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049) at 12:00pm on Saturday, March 28th and all who knew him are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 25, 2015
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