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Martin Harry Prince

1930 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Martin Harry Prince Obituary
April 5, 1930 - September 16, 2017 On Saturday, September 16th, our family lost our father and grandfather, Dr. Martin Harry Prince. Born in the Bronx, raised in Albuquerque and settling down in Beverly Hills and Westwood, Marty was a proud father of 5 (as his car license plate bragged) and an even prouder grandfather of 9. A caring optometrist to literally thousands of patients, he was always willing to let a bill go, or get paid by a creative barter system, which often left our family with items like a humongous bag of movie theater popcorn or a used 5-speed bike. Marty was a philanthropic soul with years of work at the Venice Family Clinic where he was honored with the prestigious Morton K. Rubenstein Humanitarian Award as the most dedicated and compassionate volunteer physician among 500 volunteers, and a community activist in his Lions Club and Westside Chamber of Commerce, who honored him with the Rancho Park Man of the Year award. Marty served on local, state and national optometric boards and was also proud to serve as a member of the Beverly Hills Board of Education where his legacy included the groundbreaking, student-centric "Mod 70 program" and the pioneering Diversity Program that brought so many students of color into the Beverly Hills Schools. Of the many lessons he taught, one that stays with us the most is his gratitude. If you gave our father/grandfather a few crumbs of week-old bread, he'd act as if you'd baked him a birthday cake. And because Marty was such a grateful human being, he enjoyed all that life had to offer him - including his love of plastic-tasting chocolate licorice, chunks of rocky road candy from See's, and the often disappointing California Angels. We miss him so much already - yet we, as Papa Marty taught us, are grateful to have had so much time with him. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Marty's name to Venice Family Clinic, 604 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 19, 2017
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