January 13, 1931 ~ June 17, 2009
John William (Bill) Martin a long time resident of Inglewood, CA passed away on June 17, 2009 at his home after a 10 year courageous battle with cancer. He was with his loving family when he passed. Bill was born in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania on January 13, 1931 and was raised in Acton, Massachusetts. Bill Joined the Navy right after he finished his schooling in Summerville, Massachusetts and has resided in the Los Angeles area for the last 54 years. Bill was the son of Al Fred Charles Martin and Anna Kilborn Dayton.
He had many trades, a Piano Mover, Milkman, Car Sales, Pest Control, Bartender, Navy, Construction and #1 Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and all around Great Guy.
Bill loved horse racing, reading westerns, watching movies, going to museums and adventures to the parks. He prided himself in taking care of his family, making everyone laugh and every once in a while pulling a practical joke or two. When he was not going to the track he was most likely enjoying playing pool, dancing, collecting antiques (he belonged to the South Bay Bottle Club) or travelling to Los Vegas and playing 21.
Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years Jane Bell Yarbrough Martin, two Sisters, Barbara A. Kidd (Jack) CA., Helen L. Knight (Jimmy) FL., 9 Children, Son John W. Depietro (Debbie) MA., Daughter, Lee C. Koesema (John) MI/FL., Son John J Luck (Rhonda) NV., Daughter, Verna J. Poole (Bob) CA., Patricia J. Skelton (John) NV., Brenda L. Luck Duncan (Gene) CA., Daughter Billie J. Martin Fuimaono (Dennis) CA., Daughter, Carol A. Buskeness (Rodney) CA., Son Alfred Martin (Sherry) CA., Grandchildren Bunny, Johnny, Christopher, Jeremy, Jason, Terri, Robert, Tonya, JJ, Sara, Cindy, Lori, Katie, Joseph, Jay, Liz, Paula, Joanne, Tracy, Miguel, Tim, Casie, Tony, Mike, Sammy, Steve, Matt, Kathy, Great-grand children, AJ, Cristina, Josh, Shane, Emma, Anita, Austin, Wiley, Vanessa, Jayden, Drake, Kane, Samantha, Trenton, Niece Diane J. Welch Amenta (Phil) CA., Nephew Alfred Knight FL., Great-niece Adriana L. Amenta CA. Great-nephew, Jake, Jonathan, many Yarbrough family members (we would be here until Friday if we named them all) and many honorary Children, Grand children and Great-Grand children. He was loved by many and missed by all.
Proceeded in death by: his Father, Al Fred Charles Martin, Mother Anna Kilborn Dayton, First Wife Livia (Bunny) Claire Depietro Martin, Grandchildren, Christina Cordelia Luck, David Scott Laird and Nephew, Jimmy R. Knight and two Brother-in-laws, Charles Joseph Welch and Russell P. Poulin
Jane would like to thank Gail Fadina, Elva Rayes and family, Bill Carroll and all her friends, neighbors and Hospice for their support.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Rice Mortuary. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Rice Mortuary followed by a Graveside and Interment Service at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, CA. The family would like to invite everyone back to Rice Mortuary for a reception and gathering from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
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