Dec. 15, 1949-Oct. 19, 2013
Menlo Park, California
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Michael Zarcone was a loving and fun husband, father, brother, and friend. Mike was born and raised in Saratoga, California.
He received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the University of Pacific.
He worked as a pharmacist at Stanford Hospital which led him to start a home IV business called Stanford Home Treatment Services in 1981. He sold that business in 1986 and bought Saratoga Place, a convalescent hospital, which he turned in to a pediatric subacute hospital that is now Subacute Saratoga Children's Hospital.
He championed for legislation at the state level to recognize pediatric subacute care and pediatric day health care.
He opened a daycare for medically fragile children called Scribbles and Giggles, and founded another pediatric subacute hospital called Children’s Recovery Center in Campbell.
Serving medically fragile children and their families was Mike’s passion and life’s devotion.
Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2009, Mike continued to live life undeterred and to the fullest, hosting parties, playing games, and traveling, even if it meant by scooter.
Mike will be remembered by many, Margarita in hand in front of the stove fixin up his famous quesadillas surrounded by close friends wearing a brightly colored Aloha shirt with loud music on. To Mike nobody remained a stranger for long. He had a way of putting anyone at ease through his gifts of humor and hospitality. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years Julie, his daughter Lindsay, son Zack and wife Karli, and his siblings Jan and Ken.
A service celebrating Mike's life will be held Tuesday, October 29th, at 2 p.m. at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Memorial donations may be made to The Medically Fragile Children’s Foundation of Northern California.