Harold G. Marz, 77, Brookings, died May 30, 2001, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City of a massive heart attack.

He was born May 31, 1923, in Elizabeth, N.J., to Edward and Marie Marz.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years as an aviation cadet and mechanic during which he was stationed throughout the United States.

After his discharge from the service, he enrolled in Rutgers University, where he met and married Sally Spiegel. He graduated with a bachelors degree in geology in 1950.

Following graduation, he was in the Naval Hydrographic Office, then worked two years as an oil well logger for Ellis Laboratories.

Upon moving to California in 1954, he taught for Los Angeles city schools. While teaching, he finished a masters in education from California State University, Northridge in 1964.

In 1978, he retired from the school district and moved to Garberville, Calif., then Eugene and finally Brookings in 1993.

He was a member of the Elks, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of geology, woodworking and mechanics, officials said.

Survivors include his wife of Brookings; daughters, Lila Marz Harper of Ellensburg, Wash.; Lisa Marz-Reed of Harrisburg, Pa.; brother, Edward Marz of Mansfield, Ohio; sister, Ruth Stumpp of Beacon, N.Y.; grandson, Artemus Harper of Ellensburg; granddaughter, Sara Harper of Ellensburg; nephew, George Stumpp of Beacon; niece, Carol Sneyd of Beacon.

A memorial service is planned for today (June 6) at 2 p.m. at Littys Brookings Chapel, 517 Railroad St.