Constituents Deceased list

James Mark Atlas ’72, J.D. ’75 was born to June (Stein) and Charles Atlas in San Jose. He was an alumnus of Archbishop Mitty High School’s first graduating class in 1968 before moving on to SCU. Dutiful, Mark was commissioned into the Army Reserves and attained the rank of captain. In 1975, he was sent to Fort McClellan, Alabama. There, he met a nurse named Clifta and married her five months later. In 1977 they settled in the town of Willows, California, where Mark began his practice of water law. After joining the Sacramento law firm McDonough, Holland and Allen as counsel and later Downey Brand, he found a calling in the mentorship of young attorneys. While proud of his legal career, his proudest legacy was his family. The father of two daughters, he delighted in them and their interests. Most proud when he became a grandfather, Mark took every opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren. He worked hard to provide a beautiful life for his family and was lovingly generous. Mark never let anyone else pay for dinner, embraced new technology, shot sporting clays, and was fastidious about his appearance. A lover of music, brownies, and fresh powder on the slopes, he died on Feb. 19, 2019, surrounded by love. His sense of humor, intelligence, and compassion will be missed. Mark is survived by his wife, Clifta, daughters and sons-in law Lauren and Omar Peña of Chico, California, and Lindsay and Alex Grzebski of Roseville, California; grandchildren Elizabeth, Joaquin, and Raquel Peña; and brother Edward (Leta) Atlas of San Jose. He was preceded in death by his parents, June and Charles.

27 Mar 2019