April 29, 1932 ~ September 29, 2004
Martin, Harold Neal
Born in Lindsey, California April 29, 1932. He was the youngest of seven children born to John William and Flora ''Dolly'' Dunn Martin. His older sisters who loved to take him to the local pool doted on him. His parents decided to move to Hawthorne to find work and to be closer to his sister, Helen, when he was a senior in high school. He met and became life long friends with Kenny Stonebraker. Who happened to have a younger sister named Patsy who was always tagging along.
Harold joined the Army and he soon found himself celebrating his 21st Birthday on a ship to Korea. Patsy wrote letters to her brother, Kenny in the Air Force in Tucson, AZ, and to Martin in Pusan, Korea. When he returned Patsy had grown into a young woman. They soon fell in love and married on July 8, 1956. Michael Neal Martin was born to them on December 28, 1957. Harold was working for North American Aviation at the time and he and Kenny hired on as police reserves at the Hawthorne Police Department in 1958. Susan Denise Martin was born on September 4, 1961, and Harold was hired full time as a police officer in October 1961.
Harold worked Patrol, Detectives, Juvenile, was one of the first Advisors for the Explorer Post, Vice, Narcotics, and Motors. He retired in November 1989, to travel the United States in their motor home. In April 2000, Harold and Pat decided to move to Murrieta, California, to be closer to their son and granddaughter, the apple of Papa and Ammyâ€™s eye, Skylar Ann Martin. Harold is survived by his loving wife, Pat, son, Mike, daughter, Susie, daughter-in-law, Tami, granddaughter, Skylar Ann, sisters, Millie of Lindsay, CA, and Helen of Hawthorne, CA, Numerous nieces, nephews and friends he called family. Whatever you chose to call him, be it Harold, Neal or Martin, he considered himself a lucky man to have loved and been loved by so many people in his life. Visitation will be Friday Oct.15th 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM . Funeral Services Saturday Oct. 16th at 1:00 PM McCormick Mortuary Chapel Hawthorne, CA Burial will follow at Inglewood Park Cemetery
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