Martin "Marty" Powell
October 31, 1932 - August 11, 2021
Written by Eric Powell
There is another bright star in the sky, shining over the world, from Martin Clark Powell (Marty) who passed peacefully in his home in the early hours of August 11, 2021. He is survived by brothers Anthony and Peter Martin. Sons Eric and Edwin Powell. Daughters-in-law Kimberly and Kristin Powell, and granddaughter Emily Powell.
Marty had a very long fulfilling life. Everywhere he went he had a strong positive impact on the community around him. With a teaching career spanning from 1959 to 1993, Marty was loved by the thousands of students over the years who had the pleasure of having "Mr. Powell" as their instructor. He taught English and US History for Junior High, and High School, retiring from Santa Rosa High School in 1993. Marty enjoyed a long and happy marriage that held its promise to stay together "forever" with his wife of 58 years, Susan Powell who left us back in January 2016.
My dad Marty was the all around best friend, relative, and father anyone could ever have. If one of us had a broken toy, he fixed it. If someone had a damaged bicycle, he repaired it. When we wanted a customized Volkswagen car, he made it. A model glider that flew gracefully like a seagull? He created it. Needed a hug and an ear? He was there and listened. Want to hang out, watch football, and have a beer? He was always up for it. And If that wasn't enough, he all but built by hand our Melita Road house from the little 700 square foot cottage it was to the big two-story house that my brother and I grew up in.
Marty was a tough guy with a wonderful heart. A broken leg couldn't keep him down. After multiple bicycling accidents breaking other bones, he got right back on the bike and continued riding. Almost killed by numerous medical issues, he overcame each one and continued on. At age 83 after a rib-breaking fall, he slowly recovered when we all thought this might be the end. And thanks to a young, talented, amazing, loving caregiver Aisha, Dad got a new five-year lease on life before finally bidding farewell at age 88.
We love you and miss you terribly, Dad. Now you and Mom are reunited for all time. Thank you both Mom and Dad for being the amazing parents you were. Eddy and I with your daughters-in-law Kris and Kimberly will always love you and go on with you in our hearts. We live our lives in your honor and memory.
Published by Press Democrat on Oct. 17, 2021.