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Marin Independent Journal
Friday, August 9, 2002
Long time political activist and resident of Old Tiburon, passed away on July 29, 2002. A graduate of Columbia University, with a passion for adventure and flying, along with experience in both civilian and military aircraft, qualified him as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force. After enlisting in Ottawa, Canada he was assigned to the first volunteer American 'Eagle' Squadron, (#71), being organized. He shipped out from Halifax on August 24,1940... and landed in Liverpool, England five days later, right in the middle of an Air Raid. He remained with the R.A.F. until his retirement in August of 1946. On his return to the USA he continued on flying fixed wing Commercial Pilot, and Test Pilot on helicopters, ... ending in 1954, after a six month contract in Alaska. He returned to San Francisco, settled down, married ('Gene ) and a year later bought their present Tiburon home. Starting anew, he ventured into Auto sales, became a Manager ... and in 1961 opened his own business on Van Ness Ave., in San Francisco. It was called Van Ness Motors. He closed in 1971, when he and his wife decided to take a well earned, prolonged, European Vacation. On their return, he changed careers, going into Real Estate Sales. Obtaining his Real Estate Broker's license, he opened an office, 'Montecito Realty' in San Rafael... 16 years later,(1988), he closed to retire for the last time. Mr. Marans' wife Eugenia, to whom he was devoted, died in 1999. He is survived by a brother Joseph Maranz of Martinez; two nephews, Jacob and Jonah Maranz also of Martinez; his wife's sister and her husband, Leona and Don Davis of Belvedere; his wife's niece, Marcia Clark of San Rafael, whom Mr. Marans regarded as a daughter; and many other relatives and friends. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be sent to the Leukemia Society of America.
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