Mark Kohler, a 30-year music sales and retail veteran, died July 10 of cancer. He was 53.

Mark Kohler, a 30-year music sales and retail veteran, died July 10 of cancer. He was 53.

Kohler most recently worked as West Coast regional sales director for Virgin Records, but his career also included stints at Trans World Entertainment, CBS Records and Sony Music.

Kohler was well regarded by retail accounts. "He was one of the top sales representative at CBS Records and Sony Music when I worked with him," says friend Ron Simms.

Mark is survived by his wife, Ineta, and children James, Jennifer, Michelle and Jason.

A college fund has been established in his name; donations may be made to the Mark Kohler Memorial Fund, c/o fund executor Lydia Etman, 2766 Ely Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065.

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