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

William "Billy" E. Martin

Billy passed away on January 30 from complications of atypical Parkinson's, leaving behind his loving wife of 26 years, Josephine Martin. Billy was born in Hayward, where he lived until graduating from high school, after which he joined the Coast Guard. After serving his country, he attended the Univ. of Washington (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 3-4 times a week. Billy was a District Sales Manager for Economy Forms Corporation (now EFCO) and Symons Corp. 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." He and Jo traveled extensively, taking cruises, visiting castles, going on safari. They visited China, Russia, South Africa, and much of Europe. Billy played golf around the world. He loved deep-sea fishing, wood working, barbecuing, and hosting Super Bowl parties. He leaves behind many friends.

In addition to his wife, Billy is survived by his brother Henry; his 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 The Seattle Times from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2014