Service Saturday for Emil Magrin

He was a carpenter, racer and pilot

The information for this obituary was provided by the family.

A memorial service for Emil Magrin, a carpenter, racer of automobiles, airplane pilot and a resident of Woodside for 43 years, is set for noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Redwood City Elks Lodge at 938 Wilmington Way in Redwood City. He died on Dec. 4 from complications of a fall. He was 84.

Mr. Magrin was born in St. Louis, went to school in San Francisco and on the Peninsula, helped his father, a farmer, raise artichokes, cabbage, bean sprouts and peas, and graduated from Jefferson High School in Daly City in 1945.

Mr. Magrin joined the U.S. Merchant Marine and went to sea on troop transport ships, relatives said. In August of that year, when U.S. forces dropped two atomic bombs in Japan, he was on Leyte in the Philippines.

After the war, he took up carpentry and racing stock cars under the name Emil Zola to avoid having his real name appear in newspapers read by his father, who disapproved of his racing.

In the late 1950s, Mr. Magrin "bought an airplane and got a pilot's license," going on to earn a multi-engine rating, the family said.

He moved to Woodside in 1968 and stayed, retiring from a working life in 1978.

Mr. Magrin's group memberships included the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, the Lions Club and the Elks Club. He loved golf and bowling.

Mr. Magrin is survived by his wife Lou Ann Magrin; daughter Victoria Beninga of Meadow Vista, California; son Ron Magrin of Kauai, Hawaii; sister Mary Bistolfi of Daly City; as well as three step-children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Redwood City Elks Lodge.

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