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Martin J. Vezzetti Obituary
Martin J. Vezzetti

Born April 4, 1911 in Newcastle, Washington. Martin Johnny Vezzetti died October 28th resulting from a battle with pancreatic cancer. Marty was the oldest of three children born to Pietro and Caterina who came to America from northern Italy in 1905 and 1908 respectively. Sisters Angie Molinaro, 99 years old, lives in Renton and Sally Morgan, 93 years old, lives in Ballard. Martin attended Renton High School where he lettered three years in baseball as pitcher. In 1933 Marty married Viola Nordstrom and were married for 65 years until her death in 1998. Together they had two sons, Marvin, previously deceased, and Dennis who lives in the Woodinville area. Marty and Vi had four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Martin lived in his home in Greenwood WA 66 years until moving to the Redmond Fairwinds Retirement Facility in November of 2008. As a young man, Marty worked in a lumber mill, stockyard, machinist, and an automobile mechanic before joining the Boeing Company in 1940. After working as an aircraft mechanic for a few of years, Marty was promoted into management and was given the nick name of Tiger by the supervisors who worked for him for his leadership style. He remained in several management positions until his retirement in 1976 after 36 years with the company where finished his career as a manufacturing superintendent on the 747 program. He worked on the B-17, B-29, B-52, 707, AWACS, 727, 737, 747, and Minuteman programs. Marty was a perfectionist and enjoyed working with wood and was an excellent carpenter and cabinet maker. In fact, there wasn't much Marty couldn't do, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, metalwork, whatever he put his mind to. He was always available when one of his sons or neighbors needed help. He enjoyed stream fishing on the Stillaguamish River near Monti Cristo, was an excellent golfer, and enjoyed watching baseball and football. Marty was a long time member of the Lake City Elks. Marty and Vi enjoyed dancing and were very good at all kinds of ballroom dancing. His favorite music was Dixieland and big band swing. After Vi's death, Lillian Treloggen, a lifelong best friend of Vi's since their childhood on Whidbey Island, supported Marty until her death at 94 in 2008. Together they went to dinners, theaters, dancing, enjoying each other's company. After Lillian's death Marti said jokingly I have had two special women in my life, and now that's it. For his 90th birthday, Dennis & Karen took Marty on his first cruise to Alaska where he took a helicopter flight out of Juneau and landed on the Mendenhall Glacier where he walked on the glacier using only his cane and spiked shoes. For his 100th birthday a party was held at Fairwinds and over 50 people attended. Marty said there would have probably been more, but most of them aren't around anymore. During his five years at Fairwinds Retirement facility he was very active in the weekly Bean Bag Baseball games (first round draft choice kind of guy), and Bingo. Marty made many friends at Fairwinds and dined regularly with other men who were all part of the Old Rooster Men's Club. We would like to thank Evergreen Health Hospice Services, Companion Care Inc., and his friends and staff at Fairwinds, for your love, compassion, and caring and for helping him through his final days with dignity. In lieu of flowers Marty requested remembrance donations be sent to Evergreen Health Hospice Services, Kirkland. Per Marty's request a private family entombment will be held at Evergreen-Washelli.
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2013
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