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Andrew Adams

Andrew Martin "Marty" Adams

Andrew Martin Adams, 70, died on Dec. 16. Marty, as everyone knew him was a loving and loyal husband and father, good friend and astute business executive who specialized in wine and gourmet foods. He died peacefully surrounded by family at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center after a seven-year fight against the cancer Multiple Myeloma.


Marty was born in upstate New York to Helen and Andrew Adams. He graduated from Marquette University where he met Maureen his wife of 47 years. After serving as a special agent and interrogation specialist in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps, Marty worked in marketing and sales at corporations such as Procter & Gamble Co. and Johnson & Johnson. He took a sales position at a wine shop in Chicago and turned his passion for wine into a profession by working up to the post of general manager. Following his success there, Marty assumed the role of president and CEO at McCormick Distilling Company in Weston, MO.  He also served on the board of the Kansas City Museum and was active in Young Presidents Organization.


Marty's knack for "restructuring" companies caught the attention of Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma. In 1985 the family-owned winery decided to hire a whiskey man from Missouri to revitalize the company. From Sebastiani, Marty went on to Kendall-Jackson, and then to Kunde Estate Winery where he oversaw the construction of the Kunde family's winery on Highway 12.  During this time he was on the board of directors for the USF Business School where he mentored young entrepreneurs.  In 1994, Marty struck out on his own founding the company Great Estates. He traveled the world finding new wines, spirits and beers to develop and import to the United States.


Following the sale of his company, Marty accepted an offer to become chief operating officer in North America for the caviar importer Petrossian Paris. Marty decided it was time to come back to California where he became involved in the cheese business with Sonoma Foods and Dairy Food USA. He completed the volunteer training for CASA and was asked to be on their board of directors. He traveled with Maureen, spent time with his grandchildren, and enjoyed family reunions in North Carolina and at Dewey Lake in Michigan.


Adams is survived by his wife Maureen, his daughter and son-in-law Katherine and Atif Hadd and grandchildren Bennett, 8, Cecily, 8, and Burke 4 of Novato, Calif.; his son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Christine Adams of Napa, Calif., sister and brother-in-law Betsy and Gary LaRouche of Calabash, N.C. and brother and sister-in-law Lawrence and Linda Adams of Rochester, N.Y.


Friends are invited to attend a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 600 Agua Caliente Road, Sonoma, CA 95476. Inurnment to follow at Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Park. Arrangements are being handled Duggan's Mission Chapel, Mission Cremation Service and inquiries can be made to them at 707-996-3655 or www.duggansmissionchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks a donation be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in Marty's name at: http://support.themmrf.org/goto/martyadams.


Funeral Home

Duggan's Mission Chapel
525 W Napa St Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-3655
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 24, 2013
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