Monday, July 14, 2008
Gordon Mar, R.I.P. 1931-2008
Gordon passed away peacefully at age 77 while home in Palo Alto with his wife Nancy at his side after a five year battle with lung cancer. He was born to Mah Foo and Wen Fong Wong in Lamont, Alberta, Canada, as the youngest of six children. After his childhood in the family village in Toy San, China, and his teen years in Canada, he spent most of his life in the Bay Area. After 30 years of government service, he retired from NASA as Chief of the Contract Pricing Branch responsible for analyzing all multi-year/multi-million dollar proposals.
Gordon was passionate about golf, which he took up in his retirement years. He loved classical music, world travel, good Chinese food, poker, and Bay Area sports. He served on the boards of the ACLU, South Bay Self-Help for the Elderly, and the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project. As a young man he loved playing volleyball and basketball. Later, he was President of the PTA and coached his son’s Little League and basketball teams.
He is survived by Nancy (his wife of 49 years), his son Glenn Mar of San Francisco (wife Julie Minoff and daughter Natasha MarMinoff), daughter Dana Wong of Palo Alto (husband Gil, children Ryan, Elise, and Evan), sister Ida Yep of Stockton, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Lim, Hong, Barry, and Harold.