Marcos Schneider
(1953 - 2010)

Marcos Schneider

January 9, 1953

May 18, 2010

Guest Book
Mark...still miss you dear friend...Thanks for being my sidekick at the ASCA Academy in Atlanta...And the wonderful sailing in 2008-2010...Kay and I really enjoyed the dinner with you and Gloria in Ojai...Peace and Love...See you in the trees in Heaven!!!
Rick Cober (Friend)
July 30th, 2015
"A day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day"
Keith (Friend)
May 19th, 2011
I meet mark in the 60s .I bought my first surfboard from him, and he taught me how to surf. He was a naturist. He always had good attitude on life. I looked up to him. and what an activist!
One thing I remember most. He put sand in the all the tractors gas tanks at Stanley’s before they took Stanley’s surf break away. He was so mad. I can go on and on and on
I could write a book about mark, the places we surfed, the barrels he got .The parties we went to and the trouble we got in to.
Anthony (antman) Montana (long time friend)
August 9th, 2010
Thanks for the good times and wonderful friendship. I have such fond memories of the 1st time we paddled up to the Mussel Shoals pier together and surfed it in the late 60's. That incredible Mexico surf trip also in the late 60's scoring "epic" Matichan Bay seeing 3 waterspouts all at once leading in a hurricane at Mazatland-Wow! Those 70's soul days at the pier doing yoga and just flat out surfing. See you in the next line up. Your friend forever-RB
Robert (RB) Brunner (long time friend)
August 3rd, 2010
July 4th – Happy Anniversary
“I close my eyes and one more time
We’re spinnin around and you’re holdin on tightly
The words came out, you kissed my mouth
No 4th of July has ever burned so brightly”
Gloria Morgan – Lyrics by Keith Urban
Gloria Morgan (girlfriend)
July 3rd, 2010
Hey Mr. Marcos,
I know would you love this - Howard and I are bringing oak seedlings to the memorial for any and all to take home and plant, both Quercus agrifolia and Quercus lobata and as Howard so eloquently put it, 'Everyone and can take a piece of Marcos home!'
Kathy Nolan (friend)
May 26th, 2010
I knew Marcos in the early 70's, during his college years in SLO and had the opportunity to see him a few times when Hans was a little boy. Marcos gave me a small little plant when my husband and I moved to Moorpark with our daughters, the name of that pencil looking plant long forgotten. My Marcos plant today is quite large, the story of how I got it has been told many times through the years. Marcos will be remembered through that plant for a lifetime. I see from comments that Marcos did not change much over the years, a tribute to him because he was a great guy way back then too. Sorry to hear of his passing, he left a mark in the history of my life.
Deborah Folkman (friend)
May 25th, 2010
I remember Marcos as a great lover of trees, he really truly cared about them, especially the oaks. His sense of justice prompted him into action on so many occasions they are uncountable. And his sense of humor was of the ‘split your gut’ variety. I cannot help but feel that Marcos is scouting out new terrain, he was a great person to hike with.
-May the pure light within you guide your way home, my friend-
Mike O'Connell (Friend)
May 25th, 2010
I just remember a great group hike up Sisar Canyon when Hans was just a little dude - about 3. Good times! And when he became ill - gallant and tenacious.
Helen (Lana) Fredell (friend)
May 25th, 2010
-we out ran horses and heli's and dogs during the Diablo Blockade? How you and everyone thought I got popped, and then walked in to our meeting place w/ a big smile.
-The crowd on the beach at El Capitan who watched astonished as we fed about a hundred seagulls the entrails of the shark we just harpooned while scuba diving. Later that eve, we B-B-Q'ed it, and shared it with Lupin.
-Mondos, and surfing w/ Hans, and my grandson, Kaleb?
-Fixing my fence at my cottage while my doggie Starbuck played with MoMo?
-Thanksgiving with my family, celebrating sobriety.
-Live Oak, when I (clandestine) sneaked Starbuck inside?
-Chantrells, and Woodstock pizza.
-Hey, babe, miss you!
Joelle La Mer (friend)
May 25th, 2010
Mark and I were very close in age. Our father called us, built in buddies. We were always very competitive. We bought our first surf board together, and fought over who would try to ride it. He would go on to become a much better surfer then I. He was a better swimmer and was more courageous, to the point of being stubbornly in danger.
The last time we surfed together was at this impossible place near San Lius Obespo, called Hazards. You had to throw yourself and surfboard off a cliff to get into the line up. I dreamed on that place last night, but it was a city facing a tidal wave. Mark threw himself into the surf and I ran up a hill to see him take-off, but I couldn't get high enough to see him ride that wave and I didn't see him again.
Chris Schneider (brother)
May 25th, 2010
Hang Ten!
Keith Miller (Friend)
May 24th, 2010
That evening Marcos and I were seriously considering going home due to the lack of food. Maybe one more day but that was it. When suddenly we heard voices in the distance. Not many people came up this far from the campgrounds unless they were hiking or fishing, especially this late in the afternoon. We poked our heads out of our hut and in the distance we saw Marco’s Mom and Dad and his little brother coming up the beach! “Wow it’s your parents!” I said to Marcos.The first things we started to think were, there gonna tell us we have to go back with them, there pissed off about something, or there’s a family emergency.” NO to all of the above. They came to see how we were doing and asked us to come down to the campgrounds for supper!” We had the most incredible barbecued burgers and potato salad, corn on the cob with butter and strawberry rhubarb pie with milk. Marks folks left that evening, and they left us with another weeks worth of food. How awesome is that! We walked back to our hut in the dark. I couldn’t help but think about how lucky Marcos was to have a mom and dad like that. I got a little teary eyed to myself in the dark.

A week went by, the swell got insanely good, we surfed hard everyday. Then one day the surf went flat and the food was low again. It was time to head back to “Sunland California.” We were ready. We packed our gear, walked back through the campgrounds and stuck out our thumbs heading south. Despite our shabby weathered appearance we got back into our little town in four rides in one day, phenomenal!
Keith Miller (Friend)
May 24th, 2010
Marcos, we will all miss you so much. We benefitted from everything from your sense of humor to your music and from the work you did on the trees for the festivals. You were certainly one of the most capable men I knew and could, if the need arose, handle anything from making charcoal to field dressing an unfortunate deer after a car accident. I wish we could somehow have one more performance from Bad Buzz and the Didgeri-Dudes! Rest easy friend. Michele and I will miss you and send our sincere condolences out to Hans and Gloria.
Alan Davison (friend)
May 24th, 2010
Marcos "guided" many to a better way of life through his heartfelt and motivated desire for a healthy planet. He has now transcended beyond his bodily suffering. May his journey be joyous.
scott chapman (a fellow friend of the ea)
May 24th, 2010
Marcos, you will be missed by so many. I will never forget you, tho it's been many years since I've seen you.... Whenever I think of Marcos, what comes to mind is his gentleness and warmth, how he always made me feel welcomed and loved as a friend, largely during a time when I needed that most. He held and lived strong convictions and influenced others by example to do the right thing and to love others and the planet. He often made me laugh with his antics and with the pure joy he brought with him. Even if he wasn't smiling, his integrity and active acceptance of others automatically caused a feeling of calmness and joy.
Amy Shore (Friend)
May 24th, 2010
Marcos was one of a kind. We met in 1981 at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant blockade. He was a great human being and could outrun the bad guys on a ridge, and earn their respect. He loved the sea, was an early-days surfer from El Salvador to California's central coast. We blocked the trains carrying weapons shipments to El Salvador together in the 1980's just before the US trained military there raped and murdered a group nuns. Marcos attended military school with the Latin American dictators kids, giving him a keen insight into the mindset.
Marcos was a caring, sometimes intense and very aware and involved in what was important to the world, the environment, and human rights and dignity. He will be missed.
Eric Schwartz (friend)
May 24th, 2010
I met Marcos after Anna moved in next door to me. As were Marcos and Anna, I had a young son and was going through a break-up. Hans was 5; Dylan was 4, two beautiful baby boys. Dylan’s father and I, as Marcos and Anna, decided to do the best for the common goal, our children. So a bond was formed between four very different people and it worked beautifully. Don’t get me wrong, we all had our difficult times but it was nice to know and be comforted by this trust. As our sons are now becoming adults, Thank You Marcos for the privilege to have been on that ride with you called parenthood. I Love You Marcos, I Love You Anna, I Love You Hans………
Lynn Beaumont (Friend)
May 23rd, 2010
I met Mark when we were both volunteers for the Ojai Tree Care Corps in the early 90s. I always enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm for trees and educating people to care for them. His love for the natural world was always inspiring. I'll always remember him for being a special spirit, a loving dad, and a Man of the Trees.
Caryn Bosson (Friend)
May 23rd, 2010
Marcos used to live with his ex-wife, Anna on a mountain called Perfumo Canyon in San Luis Obispo. I remember the day of their wedding, they served venison as part of the wedding feast. It turned out that Marcos had found a fresh deer killed on the road on the way up to his house the day before the wedding. Being the resourceful, rugged mountain man that he was, he retrieved the large dead deer from the road, took it home, butchered it, and served it beautifully the following day at the wedding. After the festivities, some of us friends went back to Marcos and Anna's house. I think they had already left for their honeymoon. We were hanging out in their kitchen, and lo and behold, there sat the cookbook turned to the page on how to butcher a deer. There were bloodstains all over it! Marcos knew exactly how to take off the damaged deer parts so that he could serve it safely at his wedding. Marcos understood the cycle of life.
He left his mark on many hearts and souls. When life served him lemons, he made lemonade!
I will miss Marcos dearly. He was loving, smart, interesting, inspirational, full of life, and he always told a great tale. Marcos was a great father, and a very dear friend. I hope that Hans gets whatever he needs and that he and Gloria are able to find peace in the large hole that Marcos leaves.
Heidi Lewin-Miller (Friend)
May 22nd, 2010
Marcos was a friend of my dad's. I went sailing with him the Sunday before he died. I didn't know him very well but he was a very nice and brave man.
Lucas Miller (Friend)
May 22nd, 2010
I met Marcos through William Miller back in the eighties. I always enjoyed Marcos and remember him as a wonderful father and caring friend to many. He will be missed by those who loved him but always remembered sweetly by those who knew him.
vivian lane (old friend)
May 22nd, 2010
Mark was talented in many ways. Many of his friends have spoken about his talent regarding botany, sailing and surfing. He was also bilingual, and spoke Spanish beautifully. He was a wonderful man just like his dad, Arthur, and his two brothers. I will remember him as the man who loved this Earth, his child, his wonderful Gloria whom I love for being a brave woman, the ocean, his siblings.........
I feel sadness. I know he took all the love collected over the years in his heart. I loved Markitos <3 Nunca jamás me olvidaré de ti. Ojalá sientas paz y amor ahí doquiera que estés. ¡Te quiero!
Yayone Tindol (sister in law)
May 22nd, 2010
Marcos and I clicked the first time we met in the back country of Diablo Canyon. We had lots of zany adventures together and we could talk about anything. Marcos had an aura of calmness and confidence that was magnetic. I will miss him dearly.
William Miller (Friend)
May 21st, 2010
I asked God to bring me a man who could give me passion, laughter, and the Pacific. Angel, you are not only a part of my past, you are also a part of my future. I miss you and look forward to when we are together again. Always
Gloria Morgan Morgan (girl friend & partner)
May 21st, 2010
Marcos was a good honest man who loved trees. He always did his best to help others. He left this world a better place than he found it, a true testimony to a great soul. Condolences to Hans.
Tomas Bostrom (Friend)
May 21st, 2010
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"Always the trail blazer even in death."
Keith Miller
May 19th, 2011
"Mark was my bro, a true soul surfer I was lucky to have known him. I’m deeply sadden to hear of his pasting He well be truly missed by me (Antman)"
Anthony Montana
August 9th, 2010
"Marco,s I will never forget you and your love for trees and life! Thank you for caring for my oaks, eucalyptus, and all the rest of them. You have left your blessings all around my home! Rest in Peace, you were so loved!!! Katrina"
Katrina MacLachlan
July 28th, 2010
"Marcos,kindred plant spirit, friend and brother...close to 40 years of adventures together, keying plants, tromping through Mexico, farming on The Pass, births of children,sharing meals and celebrations. Keep the adventure going! Love, Kith"
Kathy Nolan
May 26th, 2010
"Mark's gratitude prayer at Thanksgiving: "Thank you for my boat, thank you for my boy, and thank you for my baby." I'm grateful for the love between us."
Gloria Morgan
May 25th, 2010
"He liked to play with matches, fireworks, cigarettes, pipes, and campfires."
Chris Schneider
May 25th, 2010
"Met Marcos during the '80-'81 Diablo Bockade times. Our spirits were totally compatible, and fun to be around, even with the seroius nature of our mission. As backcountry guides, we shared some great times, dodging heli's, dogs, poison oak, etc."
Joelle La Mer
May 25th, 2010
"I'm really going to miss you bro. I truly admired that you are such a free spirit. You lived a full life and did so many things that I only dream of doing. You fought so hard for your family and friends and now may the peace of our Lord comfort you."
Tim Schneider
May 24th, 2010

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