Martin Gregory Apkarian
December 23, 1923
July 24, 2013
Beloved husband of Sheila (nee King Kelley); loved father of Gregory Apkarian (Patricia) of Rockford, MI, Susan Apkarian of Green Bay, WI, Joseph Apkarian (Diana) of Crestview, FL, Adrianne Brouhard of Lawrence, KS and David Apkarian of Pacifica, CA; dear grandfather of Jamie, Kelly, Joseph, Jacob, Kyle, Tony, Danny and Shelby; great-grandfather of Josephine; several nieces and nephews. Marty is survived by his sister Mariam Mekjian, and preceded in death by brother Robert Apkarian and sisters Agnes Derderian and Rose Carr.
Marty and Sheila celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary October 28, 2012.
Martin (Marty) G Apkarian was born in Lynn, MA, the fourth child of first generation Armenian immigrants. His parents, Kirkor and Arak, fled Armenia, their homeland for countless generations, to escape the Armenian genocide.
Answering his nation's call to duty, Marty enlisted in the United States Navy in November 1942. He proudly served his country until discharged in March 1946 as a veteran of World War II. Aviation skills learned in the Navy took him to employment with the Brazilian Air Ministry.
When hired by American Airlines, Marty began a career that would span 38 years. As a Flight Engineer he was a union leader who participated in the negotiations that led to the historic landmark tripartite agreement of 1965, giving Flight Engineers job security. For several years he served in management with AAL as Senior Flight Engineer and Check Airman.
Always driven with boundless energy, Marty earned a contractor's license and built several large custom homes in the California Bay Area. Retiring to Reno in 1995, he enjoyed his passion for golf. Many may recall Marty as a marshal at Wolf Run Golf Course. A Mason of more than 50 years, Marty was a member of Washoe Lodge #35.
Funeral services are Friday, Aug. 2, 2:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church. Reception to follow.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated doctors and nurses of the Roseview ICU at Renown Medical Center who provided exceptional care during Marty's last 10 days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made instead to the Shriners Children's Hospital or SPCANevada.org of Reno.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from July 28 to July 31, 2013