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NELMARK, George Gregory 1917 ~ 2010 Was born in Ironwood, Michigan May 1917, to Matti and Hilma Nelimarkka and peacefully passed away December 4, 2010. He is preceded in death by his wife Luella Herold Nelmark, daughter Carol Ann Nelmark, brother Eugene Nelmark. He is survived by his daughter Norma Kessler of EI Segundo, Calif.; grandsons Gregory Kessler and Steven Kessler of EI Segundo, Calif.; and six great- grandchildren Nikolas, Hayley, John, Austin, Cierra and William Kessler. He attended the Missouri State Teachers College playing varsity basketball for three years. In 1941, he was signed by the Oshkosh All-Stars basketball team and in 1942, played with the Toledo Chevrolets of the National Basketball League. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942, serving over four years and was in the First Marine Division to land on Guadalcanal. Also during that time he was a member of the San Diego Marine Base basketball team and played semi-pro basketball in the American League on the west coast. From 1946 to 1948, he played in the NBA for the Syracuse Nationals now the Philadelphia 76ers. After graduation from UCSB he took his first teaching job in 1951, at Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, Calif., where he was a teacher/coach until 1990. George and Luella moved back to Santa Barbara in 1994. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to UCSB in support of the men's basketball program in memory of George Nelmark. Checks can be made payable to UC Regents and mailed to UCSB, Attn: Steve O'Brian, Dept. of Intercollegiate Athletics, ICA Building, Santa Barbara, CA 93106. For additional information contact Steve O'Brian at 805-893-4960. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at Welch- Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels, 450 Ward Drive. Graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at the Goleta Cemetery. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

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