Editor’s note: This obituary of long-time Menlo Park attorney Marvin Siegel and the photo were provided by a family member.
Marvin Siegel died suddenly on November 18th after nearly a decade of living to his full capacity with Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his beloved wife, Bonnie Siegel; his devoted children, son Dan Siegel (Lisa Langer), daughter Larissa “Lara” Siegel; and his adoring grandsons, Jacob and Ben Siegel, his step-daughters Anne Scholes, Sara Myers (Thane) and their children, Jake and Tess Restaino, Tegan and Cole Myers; his sister Rhoda Samuels (Peter), sister-in-law Eleanor Coffman and his niece, Rachel Goldberg (Jason) and nephews David Coffman (Heather) and Rabbi Joshua Samuels (Nicole). Marvin was predeceased by his first wife, Jerrell Siegel.
Marvin was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and graduated from University of Michigan as a proud ZBT. He was introduced to California by his cousins Bernard and Charlotte Siegel. Once he came to attend Stanford Law School he moved to Menlo Park/Palo Alto permanently.
Marvin established a well-respected law practice, Jorgenson, Siegel,McClure and Flegel. He was a past president of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and served on the boards of Congregation Beth Am, JFCS and Sinai Memorial Chapel.
He took up bike riding in midlife and biked until the week before he passed away. He was an avid sports fan, in particular the SF Giants and Michigan Wolverines. He and Bonnie loved to travel together. Due to his enjoyment of gadgets and photography, he owned several cameras with which he took thousands of pictures although few were ever seen by his family. He was an avid bridge player and enjoyed spending time in Palm Springs with his family from Minneapolis.
He was an honest, ethical, smart, decisive and trusted advisor along with being a loving, goofy, gadget-loving, family man. His twinkle and special presence will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. Like his father, he was a giant of a man committed to his community and family always thinking of future generations.
The family prefers contributions to: Congregation Beth Am Fund for the Future, JFCS Jerrell Siegel Home Health Care Fund or the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.
Services were held on November 20 at Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA with interment at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma, CA.