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September 4, 1929 -
September 30, 2013

Martin J. Paul, 84 of Torrance, California passed away peacefully at home after a five and half year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Marty was born in Oak Park, Illinois to Mary and Joseph Paul. He grew up in Forest Park, Illinois and attended Proviso Township High School. Upon graduation he joined R.R. Donnelley Printing Company and became a journeyman pressman. This was the beginning of a lifelong love of the printing, publishing, and graphics arts industry. After service in the Army from 1951 through 1953, he married Betty Jean Goersmeyer. They subsequently moved to Southern California where they raised their two children and where Marty continued to pursue his career in graphic arts. He was elected International Representative for the Amalgamated Lithographers of America in 1957. In 1961, Marty joined General Printing Ink, a Division of Sun Chemical Corporation, and ultimately advanced to National Litho Product Manager.

In 1967 Marty co-founded Bowers Printing Ink Company in California and, in 1980, went on to become president and CEO of their U.S. and Canadian branches, retiring in 1984. During these years he demonstrated a unique advocacy for the graphic arts industry, representing the industry nationally and internationally, moderating panels, writing, producing, and presenting the complexities of a changing technology and how to create future opportunities. His work merited him many prestigious awards. He was past President of the Los Angeles Printing Ink Manfacturers' Association, past member of the Board of Directors, Printing Ink Association Southern California and served as a member of the Suppliers Advisory Board, Web Offset Section, Printing Industries of America. In 1985 he was awarded man of the Year Printing Industires of America, Southern California and the very prestigious Printing Ink Pioneer Award. Marty was generous with his time and talent, he successfully mentored many others into productive and satisfying carrers. Marty rejoined Sun Chemical in 1987 as Director of Special Projects. He retired in 2003.

An avid golfer, Marty was an active member of the Palos Verdes Golf Club for over 40 years. He loved good food, good family, and his many good friends.

Marty is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Betty; son, Bill (Rita); daughter, Sue; 4 grandchildren, Tracey, Tom, Joe, Jenni; and two great grandchildren, Mike and Jeannine; his sister, Peggy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will be held at The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates on Sunday, October 27th at 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made to a . Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 13, 2013
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