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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  1. He was known to his family and friends as ‘Bill’ and ‘Dad’ to us. Dad lost his battle with cancer last evening. He had been in home-hospice for the last six months or so, being in his home with the family while receiving regular nursing and caretaker visits. We visited several times a week during that time, keeping the family company and doing minor chores to help out. Dad seemed to enjoy having his family around in these last months and we were happy to have been there. Dad didn’t complain of pain much, and we’re thankful that he didn’t seem to suffer a lot. We’ll miss him and always remember Dad – a really great guy and a good father.

  2. Love you so much grandpa! I have so many great memories of you and things you have taught me. You will forever be in my heart and I will always be thinking of you.

  3. For the Martin Family, Bill was a wonderful person who always had a smile on his face, he will be truly missed. The “Meditz family” Susan, Rick, Riley and Zachary would like to extend our condolences to all of you.

  4. I just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. I know Grandpa Bill is in a better place and looking after us in Heaven. I will miss him. I remember on his birthday that I told him that I didn’t have a Grandpa, He turned around and told me know you do. That made my day light up. I love you Grandpa Bill and will miss you very much. Love Sharon

  5. I will surely miss my Great Uncle Bill’s hilarious and crazy stories. If there were laughter in any room, it’s because he was in it. He always had us laughing. Our memories will live on forever.

  6. My condolences to all of the family and friends left behind, I did not have the pleasure to meet John but has been a great pleasure to know his daughter Brenda,In her his love grows on. God Bless you all, Rick & Brenda Horvath

  7. Greatly Missed by Amy Richards A Fathers touch, A Daddy’s kiss, A grieving Daughter, You’re greatly missed. An empty house, An empty chair, A fathers love, No longer there. A broken heart, Tear filled eye, Another soul to fill the sky. Many memories in my mind, Some I laugh, Some I cry. The times we shared, The laughs we had, Things I miss when I think of you Dad. Realizing that’s all I have to hold on too, Only memories, Of what once was you. Missing your laugh, I will never again hear. That is the reality that fills me with so much fear. No more smile on your face, No more warmth of your embrace. The last hug, The last kiss, The last “goodbye” leaves me with one last wish… To have you Dad, here today, Never to leave your Daughter this way. A Father’s touch, A Daddy’s kiss, A grieving Daughter, YOU’RE GREATLY MISSED! Love you Daddy Carol and Brenda

  8. Daddy my hero and the best dad anyone could hope for I hope your having a great fathers day with your dad and mom and Russ and Charlie playing card and winning by now, mine was sad without you there is a huge empty space in my heart that I will try to fill with all my cherished memories of you . you taught me so much and loved me so much I couldn’t have asked for more. my cup is running over with love for you .I know were you are and I’m asking one last thing be my angel to help me through these hard times I love you my daddy you are missed very much but never forgotten. I will always remember. Your favorite daughter Carol

  9. ·´¯`*♥*´¯`·Daddy was my hero he was so funny and loved to play jokes on everyone, we all loved him so very much he was the BEST Father anyone could ever ask for, he taught us well and always to do the right thing, he said one time that he thought he was a bad father I told him no and I told him if I could have picked my father I would have picked him! the other day Mom said “I feel like I am missing something” (this was after we were running crazy taking care of things for Daddy that needed to be done) I told her yes Momma you will feel like that for a long, long time…. Daddy will be missed, so much Love he had for us all as we did him and he loved Momma so very much, I just keep thinking he would not want us to cry for that would make him sad he loved to hear us laugh it made him “HAPPY” what is keeping us going is we know how peaceful he left this world and if he stayed because we wanted him too he may have been in pain and we could never been able to watch him go through that. Everyday I will be thinking of him with Lot’s of laught’s and Love ·´¯`*♥*´¯`· Love your Favorite Daughter, Brenda

  10. Never Alone by Rodney Belcher I feel you in the morning When at first I awake Your thought is with me With each decision I make You’d been around forever Since the first breath I took Now I have to go on alone But for love, I need not look Cause by what you bestowed In our short time together Will last in my heart Forever and ever Although you’ve left And now walk above I’m never alone I’m wrapped in your love Enjoy now your long waited reward Feel peace that your love continues on What was taught to me, will be taught to mine Cause you live on in me even after you’ve gone Fifty years was not enough time together, Love Jane

  11. To Grandpa From Kane grandpa you’ve been so nice and great. I’ll see you in the sky looking up at you. It’s been nice haveing you in my life grandpa I miss you a lot grandpa!!! Love Kane

  12. A Farewell to Billy By Wendy Smith How do we say goodbye to a man who has perfectly filled so many roles, From Husband to Father, Uncle and Friend to us all. How do we say goodbye to a man who has given us so much, From Companionship to encouragement, laughter and love. How do we say goodbye to a man who has opened his heart so wide, that we each feel a special bond with him. A man whose love for us has never wavered. A man whose easy going ways and fun loving spirit has never been compromised A man whose will to share life with us has never failed until God could no longer wait. Our dreams for him were to wash away his pain and heal his wounds. Our hopes for him were to stand beside us for decades to come. And eventually, our prayers for him were to be gently taken with care while he sleeps. How do we say goodbye to a man that means so much to us? With tears in our eyes, heavy hearts, wonderful memories and the knowledge that we will be with him once again, when we too are called home. So it is with everlasting love and gratitude that we say Thank you Billy for being a part of our lives Thank you Billy for touching our hearts and Thank you Billy for being exactly who you were You will truly be missed!

  13. I never really got to know my own Grandfathers too well, I was happy to have known J.J.’s grandpa. I will miss going to the race track with J.J. and hanging out with his Grandpa and I will also miss his jokes, his honesty, friendship and wonderfully bright smile.

  14. We are going to miss you pop! There is no one quite like you with such a strong spirit and lots of love and laughter to share with us always. We will always carry very fond memories in our hearts of you. We couldn’t have asked for a better father, father-in-law, and grandpa. Enjoy your reunion with your loved ones and send our love.

  15. From Fred Martin’s father-in-law… It is sad to know that Fred´s Dad passed away. Tell him that my prayers go to him and his family. He is not alone…I feel the pain and the sadness that he is going through right now. I myself can’t stop my tears from coming out. I really liked his Dad. He will always be in our minds as a happy jolly man. Always with that smile to greet you. Fred’s dad right now is in a very special place in the Heavens where he belongs, with no more pain, no more suffering. He is looking at his dear ones and asking the Lord to give you all peace of mind. May God´s love and peace be with Fred and his family.

  16. I really don’t even know where to begin. I’m so sorry for you to leave us. But that is only being selfish. I know that “God” needed his next Angel and so he saw your weary eyes and your heavy heart! He decided that you were the one that he needed next. You were such a wonderful Husband, Dad, Brother, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and Friend. All the great memories will forever be in my and my kid’s hearts. May you be Resting in Peace and We will see you one day again. Please tell My Mommy that we are okay and that we miss her just like we are going to miss you!!! Love you “Daddy”.. Josie Marquez and Boys

  17. We would like to express our condolences. We would also like to say that we will miss Dad (Grandpa Bill) very much miss his smile, miss his jokes and his leg lifts as most of you know what he was doing then. We are also going to miss the times when Grandpa would show up at Rodney & Carol’s with milk and donuts for the kids and even if Carol had you in time out Grandpa would still sneak them a donut or two. Dad, Grandpa we miss you and love you always.

  18. June 19, 2009, Drake’s 2nd birthday,the second day of summer, two days after God decided to call my great grandpa home. Up to this day I hadn’t even had a glimpse of the sky. I’d spent the past few days with my head down. I didn’t cry when I found out, I even felt bad that I didn’t. I went out and continued my life, the only difference was I had a new guardian angel. I held my head down in thought and in prayer, not in sadness. But this day while driving to Sea World I raised my head and opened my eyes. I opened them to what I would be missing if I kept going on in life as I had been. I looked at the sky and saw it for the beautiful thing it is. People usually associate a dull, gray, raining sky to the day they lose a loved one. As if it were mourning with the family, not on that day. On that day the sky seemed to really come to life. There were clouds but they weren’t gray or dull for that matter, they seemed indescribable. I’m doing my best to describe them. Instead of seeming as if they were painted on up above they seemed to be living there. They moved with the wind in the weirdest of ways. Then as I continued to stare in wonder, I saw something strange. Gray clouds appeared among the already drifting white ones. The sky seemed to be split in half. Some may think this normal for the sky but this really meant something to me. It was as if God meant for me to see this and gain the knowledge that I did. That day the sky “Spoke” to me. I realized that crying when a loved one passes is similarly related to political correctness. I didn’t have to cry to miss my grandfather, nor did the sky need to be gray. The sky was magnificent, happy and cheerful. Welcoming a loved one. Not just loved by his family and friends continuing their lives on earth but also by family,friends and the lord in heaven. He lived a long and happy life and yes he will be missed. The part of the sky that was gray seemed to be my grandpa, not exactly showing he was sad but that he missed us too. But he knew whats done happened and cannot be changed. He knew that one day we would all reunite and look over the many new generations to come. For that I am hopeful, I am thankful, I am willing and I am blessed. I love you Grandpa!

  19. Bill will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a wonderful caring person with such a GREAT sense of humor. As one who knows the family, it is easy to see that he has passed that humorous side of him down to his children. Bill treated me as part of the family and I will be forever grateful. I will miss him and my heart goes out to Jane and the family. Love, Gail

  20. Hello there Grandpa, It’s us, your little guys, We couldn’t find you yesterday, When we came to visit Grandma. She says you’ve only left the room, You haven’t gone away. But we really miss you Grandpa And the games we used to play. You’ve got some sweet’s here, Isn’t Grandma kind, We may have stolen one or two But we knew you wouldn’t mind. And now that you’re not here Grandpa I’ll give double hugs to Grandma, Goodnight, God bless you Grandpa From your loving ‘little guys’

  21. You were a great grandpa and Father to all of your kids/grandkids, always very nice, thoughtful and caring, it’s sad knowing your gone, but your in a better place in heaven, we love you and you will be missed, I know you’ll always be a guardian angel just like my grandpa, and please tell him that we love & miss him.

  22. I love you Grandpa… You will be greatly missed… You were such an amazing man… I’ll never forget the times of all us kids riding our bikes and skateboards in your back yard and you just watching; then giving us candy and icecream. I love you and miss you.

  23. Hi I didnt know Barbara Kidd’s brother.. I am Jack’s sister.. I just wanted to give my symphathy. I do know he had been ill for some time.. I know the Good Lord is watching over him.. And praises to Hospice organiztion. They are good people.. Again my heart goes out to you Barbara.. Sharron Kidd

  24. Dad, I remember when we heard your “race track call” and we all raced out to the TV to see what channel you wanted. The one that got there first didn’t have to rub your feet. You were very funny and a fun father, and your stories that you told us will go on and on, like the love I have for you Dad. My heart is broken with the loss of you. I will miss you, but will have the memories in my heart that will keep you alive in me forever. I love you Daddy, Your favorite daughter Billie

  25. My Brother was and is the Best Brother! I guess My Mother knew that I was only going to have one brother, so she gave me the “BEST” Of course Dad helped but Billy Loved me as more than a Sister, as He promised to share his kids with me, and he sure did a bank up job at keeping that promise. He is really missed! Love Barbara

  26. You are a wonderful, loving and giving family with the bigest hearts!! It was very easy to see that each time I came over with Gail. Thank you for being so warm and welcoming. Each time I came overI could feel the warmth and caring in your home. Let that warmth and love surround you now and comfort you. God Bless you all.

  27. Martin Family, If tomorrow starts without me, And I’m not there to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today, While thinking of the many things, We didn’t get to say. I know how much you love me, As much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name, And took me by th e hand, And said my place was ready, In heaven far above, And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye, For all my life, I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die. I had so much to live for, So much left yet to do, it seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, The good ones and the bad, I thought of all that we shared, And all the fun we had.. If I could relive yesterday, Just even for a while, I’d say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized, That this could never be, For emptiness and memories, would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss some tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, My heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, From His great golden throne, He said, ‘This is eternity, And all I’ve promised you.’ Today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last, and since each day is the same way, There’s no longing for the past. So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, For every time you think of me, I’m right here, in your heart ‘

  28. He faught a good battle, always had a smile for all, loved to play the horses. when we were all young married kids with very little money to enjoy life,when we would go to Jane’s and Bill’s we knew we were going to enjoy everything that we could possiable stuff into a week, It’s a hell of a man that took on a women with so many little kids to raise but Bill did it OH! there were ruff times I’M SURE BUT that’s life.consider it all LOOK! how they all turned out. Bill we will all miss you and that wonderful Boston broge hopefully we will meet again. your favorite sister-in-laws JOAN & BETTY

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