William E. "Billy" Martin(1936 - 2014)

William E. "Billy" Martin
January 14, 1936 - January 30, 2014
Resident of Danville
Billy passed away from complications of atypical Parkinson's, leaving behind his loving wife of 26 years, Josephine Martin. Billy was born in Hayward, CA, where he lived until graduating from high school, after which he joined the Coast Guard. After serving his country, he attended the University of Washington, earning a degree in Economics ('63). He lived in Seattle until he moved to Danville, CA, where he met and married Jo. In 1997, they moved to San Diego, and joined the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, where Billy golfed three to four times a week. Billy was a District Sales Manager on concrete projects for Economy Forms Corporation (now EFCO) and Symons Corporation. Among many projects, he worked on the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bridge.
Billy lived the saying "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." Wherever he went, he made new friends, of all ages and walks of life. He traveled extensively with Jo, taking cruises, visiting castles, going on safari. They traveled to China, Russia, South Africa, and all over Europe. Billy played golf around the world, including in Australia, the Caribbean, and Budapest, and at Pebble Beach. He loved deep sea fishing in Mexico, wood working, barbecuing for friends, hosting Super Bowl parties, and cheering on the Chargers and his favorite golfers. He leaves behind many friends.
In addition to his wife, Billy is survived by his brother Henry; daughters Cynthia Martin and Cassandra Batt; step-children Scott Hancock, Kathleen Hancock, and Julie Dunkle; and ten grandchildren (Nick, Rachael, Quinten, Brady, JD, Riley, Jamie, Willa, Tasman and Jackson). In lieu of flowers, send donations to Parkinson's Association of San Diego. A Celebration of Life will be held in April.


Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 16, 2014