Callie Wine, Mark's daughter here. My dad passed away on April 20th from complications following a spine surgery. A brief scroll through his facebook wall will demonstrate his fiery commitment to improving the world around him.
In that spirit, memorial contributions have been made to Planned Parenthood Action Fund and local Planned Parenthood care providers in NYC, Portland, Los Angeles, Des Moines, Minneapolis and beyond.
Following the enthusiasm of the first two memorial campaigns on facebook ($5,100!) we've created this memorial fund to share more widely and continue his legacy of generosity and enthusiasm for access to affordable health care and a woman's right to choose.
A memorial will be held in Palm Springs, CA in early June -- for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pops was born in Iowa City, Iowa on January 6, 1949 and spent his childhood years in Davenport and Des Moines. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967, where he was President of the Student Council and on the football team. Mark attended Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey and graduated in 1971 with an A.B. degree in History. Mark graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1974, where he was an editor for the Iowa Law Review. After serving as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, he began his legal career in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mark subsequently moved to Los Angeles and then to Orange County, California. I have always sought to replicate his fierce debate style and ability to employ both empathy and intellect.
At the time of his passing, he was a partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe based in the Orange County, California office. He specialized in patent and intellectual property litigation, representing many leading companies in the United States, Asia, and Europe and he had served as chair of Orrick’s global patent group. Mark had a keen legal mind and a sharp wit. Orrick’s website highlights him as a “natural born storyteller” who could transform complicated technology into compelling stories, and that he could “charm any jury. ”In 2005, Mark married my mom, Carol Wine of Orange County, California, and they had 14 wonderful years together.
Pops had a big personality and a zest for life. He enjoyed travel, food, entertaining, (yelling at) the Minnesota Vikings, Democratic politics, and watching just about every movie made in the last 50 years. My parents loved to host family, friends, and colleagues for elaborate dinners at my childhood home in Orange County or at our home in Palm Springs which they had designed and built together. My dad was effortlessly generous, often surprising friends and loved ones with unexpected gifts of things that he particularly enjoyed, earning him the nickname of “Mail Order Mark.”
Dad will be greatly missed by my mom and by his children Nicholas and Lindsey Wine, Meredith Wine and Patrick Seul, myself and my sister, Cassidy and her partner, Nathaniel.
He leaves behind his beloved grandchildren: Ellie, Berkeley, Mackenzie and Bennett; as well as an extended family he cared for deeply: his parents, Mary and Don Wine; his siblings Jim and Marcia; as well as adoring nieces Mary, Carolyn, Jackie, Sarah, Amy, and Rachel.