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Martin N. Hanzlik Martin, 86, of Novato, CA died October 11, 2012 of a heart attack. Martin "Marty" was born in Des Moines, Iowa on June 13, 1926, the son of Paul and Rose Hanzlik. He attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon where he met Mary Voorhees and both graduated from the University of Iowa in 1949. He married Mary in Washington, IA on August 19, 1950. Shortly after, the couple settled in Modesto, CA where he began a lifelong professional career with the YMCA. He had additional "Y" positions in San Mateo, CA in 1954, and St. Louis, MO in 1959. In 1963, Marty settled his family in Novato, CA after he accepted the Executive Director position at the Marin YMCA. From 1970 until retirement in 1984, Marty was Vice President of Personnel at the San Francisco YMCA. After retirement he served as an interim Executive Director at the Marin YMCA and the Novato Human Needs Center where he was on the board. Marty was a member of the Novato United Methodist Church since 1963. Martin was a long-time gamer (fantasy football, puzzles, solitaire and hearts). Throughout his life he loved nature and camping, especially water where he could move with ease. In his later years, he was kayaking in Baja or body surfing in the blue waters of Hawaii. Marty and Mary enjoyed traveling in their RV across the country and annually to Baja. In addition to his wife, Mary, Marty is survived by Matthew (Susan) Hanzlik, Pacifica, CA; Mark (Mary Lou) Hanzlik, Sacramento, CA; Megan (Doug) Erlendson, Santa Rosa, CA; and Martha (Maureen) Hanzlik, West Hartford, CT. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Evan, Katie, Neal, Andrew, Jimmy, Lucas, Macy, and sister Gene Ana (Robert) Hawthorne, San Jose, CA. A memorial service for Marty will be held at 1:00 PM on November 3rd, at the Marin YMCA, 1500 Los Gamos Dr., San Rafael. The family is grateful for the care provided by the medical professionals at Kaiser Permanente. They would also like to thank friends and community for their support. Memorial gifts in honor of Marty can be made to Novato United Methodist Church and the Marin YMCA.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Oct. 18 to Oct. 21, 2012
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