Marty Hoeck was a true character, start to finish. Born in Potsdam, Germany, on a flower nursery where he learned to love nature. He saw beauty in all that surrounded him and he never lost his childish curiosity. |
Always wanting to learn more, Marty spent his youth reading about the Old West. He dreamt of coming to America to see it for himself. In 1964, he answered an ad in a German newspaper seeking a foreman for a Carnation nursery in Encinitas, California. He journeyed to San Diego with a 40 lb. backpack, little money, a work visa and adventure in his heart. Upon arrival, he saw the Palm trees and sunny shores, he felt he was home and never looked back.
Marty worked a few years as a Nurseryman when realizing he could create beauty by starting his own landscape business, designing and maintaining gardens in La Jolla. For 47 years his work ethic earned him clients and respect for his trade.
In 1984 Marty became an American Citizen after reading every American History book he could get his hands on. He thrived on the stories of the old west and visualized himself in another time as a mountain man living off the land and blending in with nature.
Marty lived the life he wanted and worked in what he loved. He spent his days in gardens along the shores of La Jolla with Palm trees, ocean breezes, sunshine and beauty.
Marty passed away at home on March 11, 2014.
He is survived by his wife and five children, two of his own and three step-sons. He will be missed, but will be held in all of our hearts forever.
A public celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 11:00-2:00 at 8252 El Paseo Grande, 92037 (club house).
Published in La Jolla Light on Mar. 20, 2014