Max Carl Scheiber of Nicolaus, CA, son of Carl and Lillian Scheiber, was born in Sacramento, California on February 9, 1943, and passed away on January 24, 2023. He was 79 years old.
On the day of his birth, Max was destined to be a special man. After he was born, Carl and Lillian were undecided with a name. Carl and his best friend were having a highball at a local Sacramento bar to celebrate the birth of Carl's second born son. Carl's friend suggested, "Why don't you call him Max?" That friend was former Heavyweight World Champion Boxer Max Baer. And so began the life of Max Carl Scheiber.
Max attended East Nicolaus High School and excelled in sports. After graduating in 1961, he chose to defend his country by joining the United States Marine Corps at the forefront of the Vietnam War. While in the Marine Corps, he continued to excel; this time, in the field by exclusively running the obstacle course for the Secretary of Defense. He later became the first Marine in California to be meritoriously promoted. He ended his career as an E5 Gunnery Sergeant.
His service with the Marines as a Drill Instructor was cut short at Camp Lejeune, NC. He was Honorably Discharged in 1968, when he suffered blindness due to St. Louis Encephalitis from a mosquito bite. After returning home, and with God's grace, he regained his sight. He married Maureen Manning from Sacramento and started a family in Nicolaus, CA.
Supporting and protecting his family was paramount for Max. He juggled three jobs in his dedication to provide for his family. He was an announcer for Triple M Raceway for 12 years, a Field Representative for Crystal Cream and Butter Co. for 30 years, and a lifetime farmer and rancher.
Max would go on to become a pillar of the Nicolaus community. He was the announcer for East Nicolaus High School Football for over 20 years, an umpire for South Sutter Little League Baseball, and co-founded/announced the Nicolaus Labor Day Parade for many years. All of this with his loving wife, Maureen by his side. His love for family, friends, and his community was prominent. Max was a Catholic, a veteran, a true patriarch, extraordinarily proud of his Swiss heritage, and above all, a fierce protector of his family.
Max was an entrepreneur and gracious host. He started a Christmas tree and pumpkin farm where employed many high school students and continued this for over a decade. He also organized numerous weekends of "Fun and Games" for the community to participate. His love for the small town of Nicolaus may have been undeniable, but his love for his family was immeasurable. Max was a devoted husband, an incredible father, and a hero to his grandchildren.
Max is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Maureen; his brother, John; sister, Hedy; and late brother, Mark; all of Nicolaus, CA. His four children, Shannon, Lili, Cameron, and Nicolaus; his seven grandchildren, Isabella, Natalie, Camille, Elizabeth, Cammie, Max and Georgia.
A mass of Christian faith will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 11 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1045 Marcum Rd., Nicolaus, CA 95659. The family is planning a memorial celebration for Max in the Spring of 2023 with a date to be determined.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to: The Spartan Foundation in Memory of Max C. Scheiber, PO Box 61, Nicolaus, CA 95659.