Mark Alan Meza, Jr. was born in Santa Barbara, CA on November 19, 1997. Marky, as his family and friends referred to him, came into this world with that great big smile that everyone came to know and love.
He could brighten anyone’s day with a flash of that beaming smile. He was exceptionally funny – he could just look at you, and you’d be laughing so hard your belly hurt. That was his daily mission – to make everyone around him laugh. Whether it was through his jokes, his dance moves, or his silly faces, he lived to make others smile.
As a child he loved being outside. You could usually find him in the driveway on his skateboard, practicing all of his tricks! As he got older, he ventured out of the driveway and into the skate park. He was always determined to land his next big trick and spent hours practicing. This determination landed him in the hospital on several occasions for broken bones, concussions, and even a brain bleed, which required major surgery. He didn’t let any of that stop him though, and after some, probably not enough, recovery time, he was back on his board.
In his teen years, his love of being outside could also be seen in his growing passion for photography. He had a way of looking at things, and capturing them that was unexpected and truly beautiful.
Before working at Borderline, Marky worked with his older sister, Ari, at a restaurant in Carpinteria called, Corktree. There, he really shined. He could talk to anybody – any walk of life, any age. Customers loved him.
Although he was such a light for so many, for quite some time, he was trapped in his own dark abyss. However, at just 20 years old, he was able to conquer his demons. Marky spent time in Pasadena at a recovery home called, Echo House. There, he was able to tackle his addictions, and whole-heartedly embrace sobriety. He was so committed to a clean and sober life, so proud of how far he had come, and really wanted to help others with similar struggles.
After his stay at Echo House, he came home to live in Oxnard with his mother, Theri. It was then that he began working at Borderline Bar and Grill. His family was concerned about him working in a bar just after his stay in a recovery home, but after seeing him in action one night, it was clear Borderline was not just any other bar. It was obvious how much Marky loved working there. He often talked about his new friends – his new family – and when he did, he could hardly keep that beaming smile off of his face.
Although his time with us was cut short, his family and friends will always remember him as the compassionate, ray of light that he was.