Martin Edward Pena(1959 - 2012)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Marty Pena, 53, from a Heart Attack on Thursday, November 29, 2012.

Marty, born January 21, 1959, and was the second son of Harvey "Buck" Pena and Patricia Pena. He was a lifelong and fourth generation Camarillan as well as an eighth generation Californian. With his outgoing, friendly personality and long time involvement in youth sports plus his 20 year career as a painting contractor in Camarillo, Marty had many friends and admirers and was loved by all who knew him. He attended local schools; St. Mary Magdalene, and Las Posas Grammar Schools. Monte Vista Junior High and was a member of the Toro wrestling team. He then attended Adolfo Camarillo High School where he participated in the Agriculture program raising two swine (one named after his older brother) which he sold for a handsome profit at the Ventura County Fair.

Marty was an excellent athlete. All through his pre-high school years he played in the Pleasant Valley Boys Baseball Association. He was an annual All-Star being an excellent right handed pitcher and a hard hitting left handed batter. In his first year of Pony League, he was the first player chosen in the 13-14 year old draft and not only led his team to the championship he then led his All-Star team to the Boys Baseball Pony League District Championship game. He played Football and Baseball all four years at ACHS. He was a offensive lineman in football but during his senior year he had chronic ankle problems which limited his mobility but never took him out of a game. In baseball he really matured into an amazing hitter. He was an all Marmonte League Designated Hitter both his Junior and Senior year. He hit some of the farthest home runs that people had ever seen.

After high school Marty worked at Camarillo State Hospital, then to a long stint as a painter then Painting Contractor. Marty became so well known for unique painting applications that the VC Star ran a full page article with Marty's tips on how to refinish kitchen cabinets. He started and ran MP Painting for almost 20 years and was known as "Mr. Punctuality" because of his reputation for always arriving early to work, a family gathering, or a game of pool. He also shared his know how with his workers and two of his employees broke off on their own and they too have had great success as local painting contractors.

Marty was a head coach for over 25 years with Camarillo Pony Baseball and during that time earned the affection of his players, their parents and his opponents. Coaching was Marty's biggest passion. He was first head coach at age 17 coaching his little brothers Rick and Chris. He continued to coach his younger brothers every year. He then coached his sons Jeff, Ricky and Ben throughout their youth baseball years. He also coached in the AYSO program and won several championships even though he had not played soccer in his youth. A few years ago Marty sold his painting business and went to work at the California Youth Authority as a painter and maintenance person. He truly loved his job. Because of his friendly demeanor, he was liked by all of his co-workers and even many of the inmates.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Buck and Pat Pena; brother Chris Pena; and grandmother Opal Huber all from Camarillo. Six aunts and six uncles all from Camarillo at one time or another, as well as his cousins Paul Strickland from Santa Maria and Darlene Graham from Oxnard.

He is survived by the greatest thing that ever happened to him, his son Benjamin Ace Pena and his adopted sons Rick and Jeff Pena all of Camarillo. All were excellent baseball players throughout their youth thanks in no small part to Marty's knowledge of baseball and how to play it. Other survivors include his two brothers Nick Pena (wife Cheryl) and Rick Pena both of Camarillo. His only nephew and Godson, Danno Pena (Vanessa) and their sons Lucas and Jack, as well as his only niece Beckie Pena (Fiance' Jason). He also leaves behind his longtime girlfriend Mary King. Other survivors include 23 cousins spread between Alabama, California and Alaska.

We will have a Memorial Service to say good-bye to one of the world's good guys at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012, officiating will be Jonathan Mulford at Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 1075 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, Ca 93010, 482-1166. There will be a reception after the Memorial. Directions will be provided at the service.


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Griffin Family Funeral Chapels
1075 E. Daily Dr. Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 482-1166

Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8, 2012