February 9, 1967 – February 6, 2021
He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Joseph will be remembered as a very exceptional person. He was the son of Jose and Gregoria Marzan. Joseph grew up in Oakland, California and moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1988 to attend UNLV. As a young boy, Joseph had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Joseph was an active child who took part in Bok Fu Martial Arts and football with the neighborhood kids in the street. In his spare time he liked playing football and being active with family. Joseph's memorable achievements included being an avid classical piano player. He was with Sherwood Musical School until High School graduation but his love for playing the piano never stopped. He also won many art awards in grade school. However, to Joseph, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends. A typical teenager, Joseph had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Oakland High in 1985. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Joseph enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Joseph was able to manage the balancing act. He earned his Bachelors of Art in Architect at University of Nevada Las Vegas. On January 26, 2003 Joseph exchanged wedding vows with Jacquelyn Ann Carlson at Little Chapel of the West of Las Vegas, Nevada. Empathic and loyal, Joseph was committed to making his new family happy. Joseph worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Joseph was blessed with six children, Matthew Wicklund, Katelynn Polak, Allysa Wicklund, Joey Marzan, Jedi Marzan and Janae Marzan. Another blessing for Joseph was the gift of eight grandchildren, Kylie Polak, Kiera Polak, Kasen Polak, Mulisha Williams, Cameron Encarnacion, Kaylee Encarnacion, Ian Wicklund and Emersyn Wicklund. Fortunately, Joseph enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Joseph worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was Executive Stewarding Manager and Real Estate. He was proud of opening the MGM and the Aladdin which is now Planet Hollywood. He also worked at Caesars Palace, Mirage, Sunset Station, Green Valley Ranch and the Cosmopolitan. Joseph always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done. Joseph enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hosting parties at his home, he created his own Raider bar to be the best host which he named "Mystique Bar". He loved the Raiders, break dancing, Datsun 510's, star wars action figure collecting. He enjoyed watching the Golden State Warriors, Vegas Golden Knights, UNLV Rebels Basketball and A's Baseball. He loved going on road trips, especially to the beach and to Disneyland. Most important on his list were always his family. Joseph enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Jamaica for his honeymoon; family trips to Mount Shasta, Cancun, Florida, Hawaii, Disneyland and the beach. His last trip was traveling from the Bay area to LA with his wife Jacquelyn and they stopped at the beaches on the way down. Joseph was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. His favorites were Sab - first dog, Chinese Akita, Abi his Labradoodle who passed on 11/20/2020 and Aayla his 3 year old golden doodle. Joseph passed away on February 6, 2021 at peacefully in his sleep in the comfort of his own bed in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Joseph fought a brave battle against ALS. He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn, his 6 children, Matthew Wicklund(Sierra), Katelynn Polak(Kevin), Allysa Wicklund(Alvin Encarnacion), Joey Marzan, Jedi Marzan and Janae Marzan; and his 8 grandchildren, Kylie Polak, Kiera Polak, Kasen Polak, Mulisha Williams, Cameron Encarnacion, Kaylee Encarnacion, Ian Wicklund and Emersyn Wicklund. Services were held at Palm Northwest Mortuary. Joseph was laid to rest in San Mateo, California at Skylawn Memorial Park next to his Mom which was his wish. Simply stated, Joseph was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Joseph leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories.
- Jose Marzan, Father (deceased)
- Gregoria Marzan, Mother (deceased)
- Jacquelyn Marzan, Spouse
- Matthew Wicklund (Sierra), Son
- Katelynn Polak (Kevin), Daughter
- Allysa Wicklund (Alvin Encarnacion), Daughter
- Joey Marzan, Son
- Jedi Marzan, Son
- Janae Marzan, Daughter
- Matthew Wicklund
- Katelynn Polak
- Allysa Wicklund
- Joey Marzan
- Jedi Marzan
- Janae Marzan
Skylawn Funeral Home
Skylawn Memorial Park
Monday, March 1, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
March 4, 2021
Brother Joe, you have touched many peoples lives from Oakland, CA to Las Vegas, NV and made an impact from the time we met in our dorm back at UNLV in August 1988. Remembering work hard and play hard going to school and UNLV basketball games along with the late night steak dinners. You always shared your experiences & story's about your family and upbringing in Oakland, CA and the love being with family and friends. Meeting your mom Mrs. Marzan and your relatives having gatherings and sharing your love of life and your Ancestry too. Later in life you embraced life with family and all your kids. Thank you for inviting Linda and I to Mount Shasta trips which was a blast and a way to catch up and relax, talk about life and our journeys. You always had a heart filled of much Love for Jackie and the kids (now young adults). You always were caring for your friends and wanted the best for them in their journey of life. I want to personnel thank you for your honest opinions about life and have a laugh, have a beer and especially watch the Raiders play some football. Joe Marzan you always will be with us in your Spirit and Love. "Rest, In, Peace" Brother and be with your Ancestors. "All Our Relations" & "Peace, Health & Strength"
March 2, 2021
Man you left a lasting impression on everyone you came in contact with and befriended. I am so happy that you welcomed me as your friend and took me on a journey I will never forget , that was filled with laughter and fun to no ends . It was no holes barred when you showed me and others how to enjoy life and have fun . The best part about it was that you never once held your head down . So I’m not going to hold mine down now cause I know you would say hold your head James it’s okay to be sad but hold your head up. Like they say Joe friends through it all !!!!!! RN4L. RIP in peace my good friend Rest In Peace
March 1, 2021
I work with you Joe at GVR he was the supervisor at Sunset Station I never met and he never met me. however he heard about me and I heard about him some good things and some bad, he had to meet me and the same with me I had to meet him and found he was a great man and he be came by friend. We love our coffee and great conversation. I will miss talking with I wish I had met up with him one last time for both. We will meet again and enjoy the coffee and conversation
March 1, 2021
I had the honor to work with Joe at The Cosmopolitan hotel. He was a awesome person, caring, and very thoughtful.
He will be missed, my deepest condolences to the entire family. May he rest in peace.
February 28, 2021
I was only a High School class mate of Joe's wife and never met him in person, but the few exchanges in conversation via Facebook over musical artist memories and preferences, his beloved Raiders going to Las Vegas, and other random moments accompanied by laugh and love emojis - I gained a sense of why he was such a powerful presence to everyone. Between that infectious smile that never seemed to leave his face and his hospitable nature - I wish that I had taken the time to pay him a visit and experience his great spirit in a place other that a screen on a social media app. I can't help by believe that if Heaven reunites you with some of things you enjoyed on earth, he will be one of the people I'll wind up sharing a beer and some laughs with at his version of the Mystique Bar. To all who knew and loved Joe- my deepest condolences. 🍻🙂✌
February 23, 2021
My condolences to Joe's family. I worked with Joe for a number of years at the Cosmopolitan. He was a great guy who always had a smile and positive attitude. Anytime anyone needed something, Joe was there.
He will be missed by many.