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In Memory of

Jack Robert Marasti

June 7, 1929 - October 8, 2016

Obituary


Jack passed away at Mercy Hospital in Merced, CA, on October 8, 2016, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Born in Grindstone, PA, he was the youngest of three children by Alex and Jenny Marasti. After the family relocated to Merced, he entered John Muir Elementary as a 3rd grader and graduated from Merced Union High School District in 1947 with the honor of receiving the MUHSD Science and Math Award. Jack then attended Santa Clara University for his undergraduate degree, graduating in 1951 at the top of his class. After serving...

Jack passed away at Mercy Hospital in Merced, CA, on October 8, 2016, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Born in Grindstone, PA, he was the youngest of three children by Alex and Jenny Marasti. After the family relocated to Merced, he entered John Muir Elementary as a 3rd grader and graduated from Merced Union High School District in 1947 with the honor of receiving the MUHSD Science and Math Award. Jack then attended Santa Clara University for his undergraduate degree, graduating in 1951 at the top of his class. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he attended U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. At the age of 24, he became an auto dealer, starting the Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth family business which he successfully ran with his wife Patricia Marasti for 35 years - eventually becoming the second oldest Chrysler dealership on the west coast. After the passing of his beloved wife of 52 years, Jack stayed active and contributed to his community by becoming a substitute teacher for MUHSD. He loved substitute teaching and sharing his vast knowledge and experience with the students. He proudly continued to substitute teach until his passing at 87 years old.

He is survived by his children Noreen Bianchi, Michael Marasti (Santa), Peggy LaRocque (Brian), and Robert Marasti. His son Mark Marasti preceded him in death. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Jack is also survived by his dear friend Lydia Lobdell. He was a true family man, patriarch of his family, and will be deeply missed.

The Vigil Service with Rosary will be held on Friday October 14, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. with The Funeral Mass following at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church located at 459 W. 21st Street Merced, California. Memorial contributions to St. Patrick's Parish would be appreciated.

Arrangements under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, Merced, CA.