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Donald Lee Martin

Don passed away peacefully at home on October 22, 2014 after a long battle with leukemia. He was born in Montgomery, Alabma in 1932. Don developed a love of flying at an early age and flew a Stearman airplane at age fourteen. He was accepted to Annapolis Naval Academy and graduated as an officer and a gentleman in 1955. He later attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Don spent the next twenty years as an A-4 pilot, Flight Deck Officer, and Squadron Commander, with a tour in Washington at NAVAIR.
Upon retiring as Commander from the U.S. Navy, Don spent two years ast TRW in the field of alternative energies. Don was then hired by Hughes Aircraft Company as Program Manager for several programs, among which were the F/A-18 Radar Test Stations for both Canadian Forces and the US Navy. He was also Program Manager for the F-14 AWG-9 weapon system.
After retiring again, Don and wife Connie traveled, and eventually bought a boat where they loved the time spent at Catalina Island. They are members of Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club. Don Also loved his Harley Davidson trips with buddies..."the closest experience to flying without leaving the ground."
Don is survived by wife, Connie; son, Lee (Margherita) Martin; stepdaughters, Carrie (Jon) Di Leva, and Shannon (John) Mattera; grandchildren, Don Vito and Sophia Martin, Michael, Garret and Sophie Di Leva, Ford and Wade Mattera; brother-in-law, Jim Murray; niece Kathleen (John) Dodd; their daughters Joy and Gracie; and Don's Golden Retriever, Buddy.
Our family has been embraced by so many dear friends and neighbors. We will miss Don so very much, but are comforted by kindness and memories of a wonderful man. We also request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Wounded Warriors in Don's name. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2014
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