MARTIN, FRANK Frank Martin (Pergolizzi) passed away on January 4, 2013 in San Diego, California at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two sons; three step-daughters; two sisters; five grandchildren; and, one step-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his brother. Frank was born on December 12, 1924 in Philadelphia, PA. He had a tough upbringing on the streets of "South Philly" where he earned the nickname "Powerhouse" from the neighborhood kids. Frank was a fighter and always looked out for his younger siblings. He feared nothing and never backed down from a challenge. His childhood made a lasting impact on him, as protecting and providing a better life for his family drove him every day. At the age of 18, Frank was drafted for service into the Army during World War II and spent significant time in the Philippines. After honorably serving his country, he later went on to successful careers as a carpenter, a banker and a real estate investor. He embraced life and was driven to success. He was a hard worker and did whatever it took to survive. Frank married his second wife in 1965 and his sons were born shortly thereafter. He was always so proud of his sons. Although emotions were not his strong suit, his kids were a shining light in his life. He took great pride in the men he raised, and felt great joy in sharing in their accomplishments. He was their protector, provider, friend and biggest fan. In 1981, Frank packed up the family and moved to beautiful San Diego, CA. He built two luxury condos in South Mission Beach overlooking Mission Bay. He loved beach living and enjoyed it throughout his retirement years. During the course of his life, Frank enjoyed many pursuits including dancing, singing, acting, writing, philanthropy, sports, and traveling. He was always smiling and full of energy. Over the last 20 years he and Marge lived life to its fullest. From traveling the world to dancing into the wee hours of the morning, their passion for life was infectious and their energy levels eclipsed those of the younger generation. Frank had 88 wonderful years, without many regrets. He lived life his way, and did it the best way he knew how. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family. A celebration of life will be held at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 27, 2013