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Martin J. Mosko

Died: February 13, 2023

Martin J. Mosko was born in Denver, Colorado in 1944, beloved son of Aaron and Jean Mosko. Aaron was a native of Denver, and Jean (nee Siegel) was from New Mexico. Martin was raised in Denver and lived there until his graduation from East High School and matriculation at Yale in 1962.

Martin moved in many directions as he ventured into a life of spirituality and creative design. His steps through his rewarding and exemplary life influenced family, friends, students, employees, to live more fully and joyfully, as he did.

During his time at Yale he took time off to understand a broader view of life while serving in the Peace Corps living and working in India. There he met learned Hindu teachers who introduced him to meditation. Though the Peace Corps trained his class in animal husbandry, they encouraged members to find projects that their host communities wanted done. In the village where Martin served, that project turned out to be creating a public park. The idea that creating common ground in the garden could bring people together was formative for Martin. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in 1968, he began a Master’s Degree in the study of languages allowing him to read poetry in Sanskrit. After marrying his first wife, Sabine, he began serious study of both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. He also founded Marpa Landscaping and embarked on a life of garden creation.

He and Sabine had three children: Sophie Joy, Raymond Basho, and Daphne Jean. They have all thrived and after many years living in Martin Mosko.

— Benjamin Liptzin