Lawrence J. Marlin, a tax accountant, sports enthusiast and family man, died in his home in Melville on Saturday morning after suffering heart failure, his family said. He was 74.
While he loved spending time with his entire family, Marlin especially enjoyed being involved in the lives of his grandchildren. On one occasion, Marlin put aside his distaste for rock music in order to watch his grandson, Lawrence, perform as lead guitarist at a show where the audience ended up in a mosh pit.
"It took every ounce of his being to stay in the room because it was so loud," said a daughter, Annmarie Whalen, of Newville, Pa. "He was just delighted at the fact his grandson was a musician and was up there rocking it out, even if he hated the music."
Marlin was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 13, 1938. While he was raised in Brooklyn, Marlin lived for a time on the Marjorie Merriweather Post estate in Brookville, where his father, a retired NYPD officer, was a caretaker before the property was purchased by Long Island University.
"He told hilarious stories of learning to drive on the potato field that surrounded the estate," Whalen said.
Marlin graduated from St. John's Preparatory School in Brooklyn in 1958, and went on to study accounting at Villanova University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1962.
While he was still in college, Marlin married Barbara Canade of Syosset, and the two moved to Bayside after Marlin graduated. The couple had three children, and Marlin worked several jobs to support his growing family, including a stint as a waiter and maitre d' at Upstairs at the Downstairs, a nightclub in Manhattan.
In 1964, Marlin began working as a tax accountant for the IRS, where he continued to work until about 1970. Afterward, he went on to work as a tax accountant for several firms. He retired in 2001 and continued to run a small private tax practice out of his home until his death.
When he wasn't working, Marlin enjoyed reading, going to the beach with his family and sports.
"He was an armchair athlete, an avid follower of sports," said Marlin's wife of 53 years, Barbara. "The New York Giants were a very, very big favorite."
Besides his wife and daughter, Marlin is survived by another daughter, Maureen Cook, of Tuckahoe; a son, Christopher, of West Caldwell, N.J.; brothers John, of New Hyde Park, and James, of Manhasset; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family is holding a viewing at A.L. Jacobsen Funeral Home at 1380 New York Ave. in Huntington Station Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church, 21 E. Ninth St., Huntington Station.