The handsome professional
Marc Edward Mendelson
  • Date of birth: Sep 3, 1959
  • Place of birth:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
The idea of life is to give and receive. -Dizzy Gillespie

This memorial website was created in memory of Marc Mendelson. Please see below to support the memory or Marc, or leave a tribute comment about him. 

As many of us know, Marc was a generous person who believed strongly in helping others. Rather than flowers, the family requests honoring Marc's memory with donations to charities or causes that are dear to you. We've suggested a few below that represent things Marc supported.

Jazz Bakery
A nonprofit jazz venue that supports jazz musicians and the unique American legacy of jazz.

Doctors Without Borders
A nonprofit organization that supports medical humanitarian emergencies.

Piece By Piece
A nonprofit arts program supporting residents of Skid Row and South Los Angeles. 

Alex Mendelson's Education Fund

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Debra Caligiuri on 4th March 2017

"Hey Bro. I love you and miss you even more than a year ago.  .hope to see you again even tho another dimension. Love always, your sister."

This tribute was added by Robert Villegas on 3rd September 2016

"Happy Birthday Marc!"

This tribute was added by John McDowell on 16th March 2016

""When Tragedies Befall our Lives, Pain Spawns a Million Tears. May Your Teardrops Form a Flood of Faith to Float Away Your Deepest Fears."
We love you Dawn, all the best to you and your dear son, Alex."

This tribute was added by Christy Robinson on 15th March 2016

"Ed will live forever in my heart as we were so close as kids.  Such a tragic loss and we are all still in shock.  My prayers go out to you Dawn and Alex.  I know he was a wonderful husband and father.  I only have 2 cousins and although Ed and I do not keep in touch in adulthood as life, geography and etc. get in the way, I still feel like a part of me has left this earth.  Nanny, Deb and Rachel I am hurting for as well.  So many memories.  Love you Ed,

This tribute was added by Robert Villegas on 15th March 2016

"How sad I feel learning of the sudden passing of Marc.  Marc was one of the most gentle souls I have ever encountered.  My sympathy to you Dawn and Alex at this difficult time.  I know you have so many wonderful memories which will keep Marc alive in your hearts forever."

This tribute was added by Patty Dale on 13th March 2016

"Dawn and Alex,
Marc was the truest friend I've ever had. Always ready to lend a hand, he was kind, generous and creative, and we shared a lasting love for design and horses. Ian and I were so shocked and saddened to hear about his sudden passing and we send our love and prayers to you."

This tribute was added by Gene Mendelson on 13th March 2016

"Tammy and I want to express our heartfelt sympathy to you and Alex.  He will always be remembered as a gentle and kind cousin to us.  May his memory be a source strength  and  guidance  to both of you.  Tammy and Gene Mendelson"

This tribute was added by Luz Mack on 12th March 2016

"What a kind, gentle, generous spirit, loving husband and father. Always attentive, always giving, always thoughtful.
Filled with unique charm and integrity, Marc touched my life with his genuine presence.  
I feel very grateful to know him and will carry and honor his life in my heart."

This tribute was added by Hugh Wolf on 11th March 2016

"Marc... always making it easy for us...
  He had a smooth and calm way about him, but we always appreciated Marc's print orders to us because he went out of his way to make it easy for us to do business with him. As a business owner, it is natural to go out of your way to take care of the client, but Marc always took care of his client and took care of us as a supplier/vendor. I'm going to do more of that myself from now on. Thank Marc - we miss you and God bless your family and friends"

This tribute was added by Frances Fomai on 11th March 2016

"We worked with Marc and his demeanor was always calming. It's not something you see often in the hustle and bustle of todays technology. I pray that your family find peace in knowing that his quiet spirit ministered to those around him. :)"

This tribute was added by Lynda Trachtman on 11th March 2016

"I had the opportunity to meet Marc at 2 of Dawns classes in Brea.. Like Dawn he was sweet, kind, caring, giving and touched me for the short time I knew him..we are so saddened to lose this wonderful person at such a young age. All that he did in giving to others had and will continue to have a large impact on many many people .. A true inspiration."

This tribute was added by Judy Kancigor on 11th March 2016

"Dawn - Just heartbroken for you and your family to learn of this tragedy. I hope it is some comfort to feel the love and support of all those whose lives you both have touched."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Varney on 11th March 2016

"Dawn, Alex, and family,
I was saddened to hear that your husband passed away.  My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by sophie alpert on 10th March 2016

"I remember the first time I met tall, handsome and gentle. But, it was more than his good looks that captivated me and others.He was genuine. Marc had such a good soul and very kind heart. There was also something about him that always made me think he was extraordinarily perceptive as if he could read people.  I loved the way he loved his family and was always so proud.   Marc will be missed forever, but his beautiful legacy lives on in both of you, Dawn and Alex. You embody the same values,spirit,  kindness and devotion to friends and family.  Sending much love and hugs during this difficult time. Marc will be in our hearts forever. xoxo"

This tribute was added by Carole Oueijan on 10th March 2016

"Dear Dawn,
In our church we say "Christ is Risen" knowing that Marc is going to a better place.
I pray that God gives you the strength in this hard time... We love you.
May he rest in Peace.

This tribute was added by Anne Price on 10th March 2016

"I only had the opportunity to meet a few times and the last was very recently when I met Marc to drop off donations. I insisted repeatedly on helping to bring the treasures inside and he insisted that was okay..he would later. I drove away thinking..well no wonder why Dawn and Marc  are together..they have the exact same selfless vibe about them. The same kind peaceful nature. So much love and support being sent to you Dawn and Alex. What a wonderful and lasting impression he left on us all."

This tribute was added by Jolino Beserra on 10th March 2016

"During our road trips to San Diego I got a glimpse of what a wonderful man, husband and father Marc was from the loving and funny stories Dawn shared.  There are no words that seem sufficient to express how heart sick I feel for the sudden loss of your dear husband.  His spirit will live on in your heart, in the people he has helped with his donation and in the son you two created.  Love and Light to Dawn & Alex."

This tribute was added by Ginnie Martin on 10th March 2016

"Dawn & Family~
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband.  May the comfort of friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead.  May time and love bring you peace."

This tribute was added by Angelo Circo on 10th March 2016

"I can't remember any time when Mark wasn't a pleasure to be around. He was a vary special person kind, positive, caring and giving. Always relaxed and amazingly comfortable in his own skin. The sun was always shining  around him. More like a close family member to me. A design that he made for me that I liked so much I had it tattooed on my back. Mark you will be missed but never forgotten.  Angelo"

This tribute was added by Julie Williams on 10th March 2016

"I have only had the pleasure of spending time with Marc on a few occasions and they always left me hoping to get more. But I feel like I know him through his sense of humor. Dawn is always telling me stories about the laughter and love in their home. Just the silly, inside jokes and small things that make a great marriage and a wonderful family. I am so grateful to know the Mendelson family and deeply saddened by their loss. My love to you both always. - Julie"

This tribute was added by Rosemary Taylor on 10th March 2016

"I'm so sorry for your loss ..... words can't begin to convey what you are feeling, but know that prayers are being said for you & your family. May your memories bring you comfort!"

This tribute was added by Carol Betush on 10th March 2016

"I will be forever grateful for the wonderful evening I spent with you and Marc just a few short weeks ago.  Even tho have not been involved in the active part of your lives together, I know how special he was to his family and his friends.  A gentle man with a gentle spirit that touched many.  Keep that spirit in your heart and your soul and he will be with you forever.
Love, Aunt Carol"

This tribute was added by Linda Devaney on 10th March 2016

"You are so loved and admired - it's forever."

This tribute was added by Leigh Adams on 9th March 2016

"Marc Mendelson, magical man whose quiet and profound competence never failed to silently sail into place at just the right moment and with just the right solution.  Soft spoken and understated, Marc's words landed so softly that I would look into his face to see if he had really spoken or I was imagining it.  The wisp of a smile assured me his observation was keen, his analysis acute and his amusement was great.  A gentleman, kind and considerate, a father, proud, devoted and determined, and a thoughtful husband who adored his beloved wife and made the world a better place with his presence.  Marc Mendelson, you will be deeply missed by all who've known you."

This tribute was added by ilona miko on 9th March 2016

"We feel very grateful to have known Marc. He taught us a lot and was a kind, generous friend. He had a capacity or forgive like no one else we've met. We'll remember our last visit with him in the Sierras very fondly.

Thank you to his mom who brought him into this world.
We are so very sorry for the loss felt by his family. We're wishing you peace in the days ahead for everyone.

ilona and sandy"

This tribute was added by Monica WIlson on 9th March 2016

"In my daughter, Sofie's words, "Marc was one of the nicest men I've ever met and he seemed like the best dad."  I couldn't agree more. Marc's kindness and gentle soul was always at the forefront of his being. It was a blessing to have known him. The last memory I have of him will be treasured forever. It was such a small moment, just a few kind words that he said to me that made me feel good. That was Marc."

This tribute was added by Gregory Van Ark on 9th March 2016

"Dawn and Alex ,
Sorry to hear about Marc's passing. I'll miss seeing him and saying hello everyday as he walks passed the salon. I remember days of past when you and Marc first moved into the neighborhood. The two of you getting married, and the birth of Alex. The BBQ's on the holidays. Fireworks on the 4th of July. Watching Alex grow into a young man. May God watch over the both of you and Marc's spirit. G Michael Van Ark @ Off Broadway Hair Design,"

This tribute was added by Nancy & Bill abbott on 9th March 2016

"Dawn, Alex and family,

We were saddened to hear of Marc's unexpected passing. Remember the good times and what a wonderful man, husband and father Marc was. Being your neighbors these past years have been grand for us."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Christensen Bennett on 9th March 2016

"I cared deeply for Marc and am immensely saddened by his sudden passing.

I met him through my friendship with Dawn but it soon segued into him volunteering for our nonprofit arts space.  That was Marc; he always stepped forward in his wonderful, caring way.  On an on-going basis he designed all our invitations.  That was no small feat as we had continuous exhibitions and special events.   It was time consuming but Marc always happily approached each of my requests.  Through this process I got to know him better.   His humor, and he was VERY funny, came through his quietness.  I knew I could always count on him.  He was responsible.  He was a beautiful artist.  He was sweet and caring.  He was joyful.  I loved his quick smile.  It made me feel good just being around him.

I also discovered what an amazing parent he was and how much he loved Dawn and Alex.  In today’s world it is easy to get caught up in its busyness.  But Marc had his priorities straight.  Being there, and for, his family was number one.  I remember going to one of Alex’s concerts and Marc was there, beaming.  Really beaming.  He was so proud of Alex.  

I will miss Marc.  He was a gift to my life."

This tribute was added by kari betush on 9th March 2016

"All my thoughts and love are with you."

This tribute was added by Eileen Callinan on 9th March 2016

"Dearest Dawn & Alex,

I have so many memories of your Marc. The BBQ's on the front lawn for 4th of July, Marc making all the chicken , hot dogs & burgers, wearing a chef's apron and a big broad smile. Martinis at Catalina's jazz club, in LA. Marc hep-cat bopping to the bands. NYC, Marc never slept, just ran around the city with that big smile and a glint in his eye, taking in the city's magic. He got us a room at the Hilton when I got engaged! You guys were both standing with me as I got married on a cliff in Laguna & danced with me on the Queen Mary at the reception. Marc served spaghetti dinner when I cried my heart out to you, Dawn, and it made me feel better to have such loving pals. There will never be another gentleman the likes of Marc. RIP."

This tribute was added by Jacki Gran on 8th March 2016

"Dawn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family"

This tribute was added by John Sollinger on 8th March 2016

"I never met Marc, but from the tributes and life story, I can tell that he was a perfect match for you, Dawn.  A big hug your way."

This tribute was added by Pam Givens on 8th March 2016

"The couple of times I met Marc are very present with me. Once in your home when I visited Piece by Piece and when you were speaking at the SAMA conference in San Diego.  Both times his warmth, energy and love for you, Dawn, were evident and a blessing to witness. Praying for you and Alex and your family.  Much love."

This tribute was added by LeeAnn Austin on 8th March 2016

"Dawn, Alex and family~
Marc was such a true gentle-man. Always kind and a wonderful spirit. His love for his family was quite evident. His donor gift allows that spirit to live on in very special ways. Sending you loving energy and continued candlelight prayers."

This tribute was added by Dawn Mendelson on 8th March 2016

"We are so grateful for the tremendous support from our friends and family. Thank you, everyone."

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