Farewell Fund: Delaney Marchant, Online Masters of Business Administration Student

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Graduate student Delaney Marchant, who was a student in the online Masters of Business Administration program, died on April 28. She was 23 years old.

Born on December 17, 1998, she grew up in San Clemente and from childhood showed a natural gift for artistic creations, performance and music. Her love of acting began early in elementary school when she scored the lead role in little red henand she acted throughout high school, taking on roles such as Milky White in In the woodsand grandmother in The Addams Family. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020 with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies and a 4.0 GPA.

Marchant began Chico State’s MBA program with a project management option in the spring of 2021 with the goal of enhancing his entertainment career with business savvy. Her faculty said that even through an online-only program, she made an immediate and lasting impression on her teachers and fellow students.

“She always made time to meet with me and discuss how she could be more successful,” said Professor Angela Casler. “She cared deeply about the quality of her work and was a beautiful person inside and out.”

Marchant was truly an exceptional student, said Professor Suzanne Zivnuska.

“Delaney worked very hard in my class. She was very outgoing and honest, wore her heart on her sleeve and really gave her best,” she said. “I appreciated his authenticity, his gentle nature, his dedication and his perseverance.”

Marchant’s family describe her as deeply passionate and someone who had the logic and facts to back up any argument she took. She was an ally of the LGBTQ+ community and an advocate for racial justice, disability equity, and many other causes. A natural leader and teacher, she also loved animals and children.

She recently earned her second degree black belt in taekwondo and became an instructor, enjoying not only her test of physical endurance, but also the values ​​of compassion and respect. And she had just taken on her dream job as an art and design coordinator at Laika, LLC, a stop-motion animation studio in Oregon.

Marchant is survived by his parents, Bob and Kathy Marchant; sister Kasey; grandmother Jean Péloquin; step-grandmother Laurie Meehan; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 4 from 1-3 p.m. at Casino San Clemente, 140 Avenida Pico in San Clemente. Further information will be published on the Remembering Delaney The Facebook page.

The University flag will be lowered on Monday, May 23 in his memory.

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