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Fond Farewell: Business Administration Major Tony Mahr

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.
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Junior Anthony “Tony” Mahr, a business administration major, passed away August 20. He was 22.

Born June 20, 1997, Mahr graduated from Woodcreek High School in Roseville, where he was a star athlete on the football team for four years. After attending Butte College, he transferred to Chico State in spring 2019 with aspirations to study abroad in England for a semester and eventually become a financial advisor.

Mathematics and statistics faculty member Ann Steckel taught Mahr in the spring and said what she remembers most is his kindness toward others.

“Anthony was always willing to work collaboratively with his peers and help when he could. He was an easygoing person who always seemed to have a smile for everyone,” she said. “Many times he would stop and chat with me before class. We shared stories about our hometowns and hobbies and found we had a lot in common. Anthony had such a bright future ahead of him. He was smart, reliable, witty, and a joy to be around.”

Portrait of Anthony Mahr in a football jersey.
Anthony Mahr was a star running back and safety for his high school football team.

His family shared that Mahr had a true passion for people and cared deeply for his friends and family. He adored animals, loved to discuss world events, enjoyed music—especially classic rock, and was a devoted Los Angeles Dodgers fan, seldom missing a game on TV.

He is survived by his father, Anthony, mother Stephanie, sister Sophia, stepmother Sarah, grandparents William and Stella Mahr, grandparents Ron and Suzanne Dean, and grandmother Faye Sentman.

Services have not yet been planned. The University flag will be lowered Tuesday, September 3, in his honor.