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Dr. Marxen Was on Way Home from Softball Game When Crash Occurred

Wife says memorial celebration of life for Sharp Grossmont Hospital surgeon is Saturday, March 3.

Updated at 10:40 a.m. Feb. 26, 2012

Dr. Jeffrey Marxen was returning from his weekly softball game at Powerhouse Park when he was fatally injured in a motorcycle crash Thursday night, his wife says.

“He texted me at 9:44 [p.m.],  saying he was on his way home from the softball field and said he ‘loved me bunches,’ ” Annette Conway Marxen said Saturday.

When he didn’t get home in the promised 15 minutes, she said, “I thought he might have been called to the ER.”

Annette Marxen said she drove to Black Mountain Road at 1 a.m. but didn’t go far enough to see the accident scene.

At 2:30 a.m., an officer came to the door with the tragic news. 

“It is a terrible loss to our family, friends, and co-workers,” she said via email, providing photos and an obituary below.

His daughter, Marissa, a University of San Diego law student, said Saturday:

My father was a very caring and loving father.  He was always encouraging of my education, especially in law school.  I don’t know what I will do without him.  He constantly made sure I knew how proud he was of me and how much he loved me, and I will miss him every day.

One of his sons, Philip Marxen, said Sunday:

My father worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life of thousands of patients who suffered from arthritis and other knee and hip ailments.  When I was a young child, he often took me with him to the hospital to make rounds and to his office to meet patients.  I felt like my father was a superhero when I read the glowing notes on his bulletin board from patients thanking him for giving them the ability to walk again or work without unbearable joint pain. 

He was the kind of doctor who connected with his patients on a personal level, spending extra time to carefully explain their diagnoses and treatment options, even though it meant that he could not see as many patients per day or perform as many surgeries per week as other doctors. 

He was proud of his accomplishments as a physician, which were numerous and significant, but he took much greater pride in the less substantial accomplishments of his children.  He and my mother always put us first, encouraging us to set ambitious goals and instilling in us faith in God, love for family and friends, and the value of integrity and hard work. 

I can’t imagine life without my father, but I know that his life will be celebrated and that he will be remembered fondly by family, friends, co-workers and patients.

A family obituary for Jeffrey Leonard Marxen is posted here, and includes information on a celebration of life memorial at 1 p.m. March 3 at Shadow Mountain Community Church, 2100 Greenfield Drive, in El Cajon.

Karen Muzynski February 26, 2012 at 06:13 AM
You were an amazing doctor and person! It was an honor to have worked with you and will always have a seat on 3 East! My heart goes out to your family and know we all share in your grief! God bless you all!
Roy C. Springer February 26, 2012 at 05:10 PM
my friend, my colleague. The best non-athletic athlete ever. Brilliant and caring. All of my family will miss you terribly. We'll still order a seperate pizza just for you on "pizza night". Roy Springer and family
Frances February 28, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Scott Kadets Hi Auntie, I have had you and Philip, Jeffrey and Marissa on my mind since the moment I received your call on Thursday. Such a tragic and terrible event to have to endure. Seems terribly unfair and way too early to have something like this happen. I have very fond memories of Uncle Jeff and our personal interactions. Spending time with him while Bill and I visited after graduating High School - playing tennis & basketball, watching his softball game, going on rounds, taking us deep sea fishing and him letting us drive his Jag are just a few. Some of my earliest memories I have are around the time spent at Grandpa and Grandmas in East Detroit and I specifically remember watching boxing and basketball with him, while he sat in Grandpa's black leather recliner, alternating watching the TV, reading a medical journal and dozing off! I can only imagine what you and the kids are having to go through during this difficult time. Susan and I are making a donation to the Hospital in honor of Uncle Jeff. Please pass this note along to Philip, Jeffery and Marissa and let them know that all of you are in Susan and my thoughts and prayers and will be for some time. Love, Scott, Susan and the Girls

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