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Zachary Isaac Neiman

October 28, 1993 - April 5, 2021


Zachary Isaac Neiman passed away on April 5, 2021 at age 27.

Zac was born on October 28, 1993 in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Marin County.

He is survived by his father Phillip Neiman; his siblings Eli Neiman and Ezra Neiman; his mother Maria Martin and half-sister Isabel; his grandparen­ts John Martin and Ellen Neiman; his aunts and uncles Amy Neiman (Alan Seltzer), Andrea Goldman, Eric Neiman (Ann), Alexis Martin (Deena Chalabi), Charlie Martin and Michael Martin; his cousins Alex, Philip, Charlie and Jane Neiman, Joe and Sam Goldman, Ava Martin-Chalabi, and Carrie Martin; and many wonderful lifelong and new friends. He is predecease­d by his grandfathe­r Allen Neiman (Poppa) and grandmothe­r Marie Fox.

Zac graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was just starting his profession­al life and worked in financial planning at a firm in San Francisco.

Zac was a natural and gifted athlete - fast, agile and graceful. His Poppa said “he runs like a gazelle.” Zac played sports from the time he was a little boy. His dad taught him to throw a ball and he taught his dad how to throw better. Growing up, he played on basketball teams, baseball teams, football teams, rugby teams and track teams; he worked hard, competed with passion and was respected by his coaches and teammates. A football standout at Redwood High in Larkspur, Zac’s junior year game-winning touchdown was featured on national television and is remembered to this day. He loved everything about sports even when not playing - watching them, talking about them, thinking about them - and above all else, the L.A. Lakers.

Zac loved music, going to concerts and festivals. He loved fast cars and video games. He loved the outdoors, hiking, fishing, skiing, working out at the gym and traveling. He loved to laugh. He loved doing funny and fun things with his friends; their stories are endless.

Zac had a magnetic, glorious smile – it could light up a room and sometimes the night sky. He had a huge, warm heart and a larger-than-life presence. People loved to be around him, from the children he coached to his colleagues at work, from his huge group of friends to his close and extended family. Zac touched a great many people and being in his presence was a gift never to be forgotten. He made those around him feel special and safe. When you spent time with Zac, you always wanted to spend more time with Zac.

He loved his family and his friends. He and his brother Eli were especially close, sharing a love of sports and music and spending countless hours together just being brothers.

Zac’s presence on this earth will be missed beyond measure. He left us far, far too soon. He will be remembered always and the memories of him cherished. Zac, full of light, beauty and love, will always be in our hearts.

A memorial, organized by Zac’s friends, was held on April 13 at Redwood High School, where family and friends remembered Zac.

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