Benjamin Robert Martin III, age 67, died in an automobile accident near Ensenada, Mexico on June 23, 2011. Ben spent his childhood in Los Angeles. He attended Harvard School in Los Angeles graduating with honors in 1961. Upon graduation he received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy and later served on active duty with the Air Force. He received a Bachelor's of Science in Physics from the University of Arizona in 1966, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Mount St Mary's College in Los Angeles in 1975. In 1982 Ben moved to northern California with his wife Terri, and in 1987 began working at the state of California Procurement Division. He retired in September 2010 as Engineering Branch Manager at the Department of General Services. Ben was a pilot and flight instructor holding Single and Multi-Engine, Land and Sea Airplane ratings, and Rotorcraft Helicopter and Gyrocopter ratings. He was an avid scuba diver and loved his boat, "Necessity". He is survived by his former wife, and dear friend, Terri Lynn Richards, his Aunt, Joan Johnson Harris, his first cousins, Joan Ellen Harris Burgett, Christine Harris Huff, Nancy Harris Wilken, and many more cousins. Ben will be remembered for his sharp intelligence, his strong work ethic, his lack of pretension, his quick wit, and love for his country. Although Ben had no children of his own, he loved being with his extended family, and enjoyed celebrating holidays and special occasions with them whenever he could. He will be dearly missed. A memorial will be held to celebrate Ben's life at 11:00 am on Monday, August 15, 2011 at Sun Hills Community Church, 1001 Suncast Lane, in El Dorado Hills, CA (www.sunhills.org
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Published by Sacramento Bee on Aug. 14, 2011.