John Marman, VP of sales at West Coast Turf, passes away at 51

  • John Marman; pictured at last year's Golf Inc. Summit

John Marman, the vice president of Sales and Marketing at West Coast Turf, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last Sunday, August 14. He was 51.

Marman worked for West Coast Turf for 27 years, starting right after graduating from the University of California, Riverside. His sister Danielle, then the marketing and PR director, convinced company president John Foster to “hire her little brother to work in the sod fields.” Marman worked his way up the company ladder in the intervening years, spending many years in the WCT Las Vegas office, eventually becoming regional manager, until his promotion to VP of Sales and Marketing in 2015.

In a statement, John Foster said, “The West Coast Turf Family has suffered a tragic loss. John Marman, our VP of Sales and Marketing has passed away…He leaves behind his sister Danielle Scardino, sister Sue Hanks, and his 11-year-old son Knox, the light of his life. He was a friend to all. There are no words that can describe the terrible grief and pain his loss brings to all of us in the West Coast Turf Family.”

The list of projects Marman helped with is long, including numerous Super Bowls and World Series, the Rose Bowl, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium, the LA Coliseum, Candlestick Park, and even a trip to Singapore to work on natural grass projects.

He spent many years of service on the Certification Board of Governors of the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), was a member of Sports Field Managers Association, California Landscape Contractors Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association, and started the Nevada Landscape Association with the late Barry Mohon, his mentor. He also loved to speak at conferences, including last year’s Golf Inc. Summit.

His family requests that remembrances be made in the form of a tribute gift to Sticks for Kids (or click here) or St. Edwards the Confessor Parish School.

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