Childrens’ fashion designer Mark Katz dies in Alabama
MARK ROBERT KATZ, a retail clothier and children’s fashion designer, died in Alabama on Sun., April 25. H was 58.
Katz lived his life large. He balanced his entrepreneurial skills between children’s clothing, real estate and Mardi Gras novelties.The smile on his face and spring to his step were no match for his generous heart. Everyone he met was family. Whether a blood relative or stranger, he was always quietly charitable. Sensitive to the needs of the community around him, he made giving a way he got ahead in life.
Mark’s love of retail fashion began in his early teens as a top selling salesman at Danny’s Menswear at age 15. He continued his passion for clothing with his beloved wife Patricia, creating designer children’s fashion over the next 35 years.
Mark was an LSU graduate. For most, college is a time of finding yourself. For Mark, it was a time of finding others. Robert Jackson is a perfect example. He was Mark’s “Little Buddy.” Their relationship was chronicled by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and is permanently stored in the Louisiana State Archive. It is also one of Mark’s proudest achievements. For the essence of Mark Robert Katz, watch this clip.
Mardi Gras was Mark’s favorite holiday. His connection to his hometown of New Orleans led into another business venture as a supplier of Mardi Gras novelties. Mark often mentioned the momentary connection he had with people in the crowds after catching one of his special throws. Their thrill was his thrill and a major reason Mark rode in five parades each year.
Mark’s major interest outside of business was his family. He adored his wife Tricia and his three brothers with whom he shared an incredibly strong lifetime bond. Together, they were known as “the four Katz boys.”
He is survived by his wife Patricia Katz, his three brothers Barry Katz, Jeffrey Katz (Jane Levine) and Bruce Katz (Karen). Katz was laid to rest on Friday, April 30 at a private graveside service for immediate family officiated by Emeritus Rabbi Ed Paul Cohn.
A celebration of his life will follow in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jewish Children’s Regional Service of New Orleans (JCRS) or the Big Buddy Program of Baton Rouge.