Daniel L. LaMarche Jr., who served on the board of Mail Boxes Etc. as well as the boards of two banks, a hospital, the La Jolla Music Society and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, died Dec. 14 from complications of a severe stroke.
Bill Eigner, who met LaMarche in the mid-1990s, said his friend and neighbor would be remembered for his integrity.
“You could believe everything he said,” Eigner said Monday. “That doesn’t always happen.”
LaMarche loved coaching young entrepreneurs, imparting his wisdom about “business principles that hold true even though the technology changes,” he added.
La Marche also had a great sense of humor, Eigner said, recalling that if someone greeted him with “Nice to see you,” his response was often, “Nice to be seen.”
That, Eigner said, was because LaMarche was a cancer survivor.
He and his wife Janet met at a wedding of mutual friends and were married in 1954. They moved to La Jolla in 1985. The couple loved music and theater and he was a particularly big jazz fan, said his son Daniel LaMarche III.
In 1986, LaMarche and another son, Parks, founded Integrated Marketing and Insurance Services.
He was chief executive officer of American Malleable Castings Co. in Marion, Ohio, from 1969 until 1984. He also headed Tennessee Castings Co., served as president of five foundry trade and technical societies, and received the Iron Castings Society Gold Medal.
His son said his father was an avid golfer with a passion for the game and a member of the La Jolla Country Club and The Golf Club of New Albany, Ohio.
“He loved it so much, but never enjoyed a round of golf,” he said.
He also loved skiing and spending time at the beach and the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.
A graduate of the Staunton Military Academy in Virginia who earned a degree in business management from Miami University, La Marche Jr. served in the U.S. Army.
“He was on a ship on his way to the Korean War when it ended,” his son said.
“They turned the ship around and came home.”
In addition to his wife and two sons, LaMarche is survived by two grandchildren, Calleigh and Coleton; and a sister, Ann of Marion, Ohio; daughters-in-law Tiffany Ames LaMarche of La Jolla and Ariuka B. LaMarche of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne Mizzy.
A memorial mass is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 2 at Mary Star of the Sea in La Jolla. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the La Jolla Music Society.