Aaron, Martin (Marty) Lawrence, a 44 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2007 in Torrance. Born in Alpena, SD, Martin was 87 when he died. Martin was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II in Europe. Martin was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. John Fisher Catholic Church, was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, and was a member of the Elks Lodge. For 37 years, Martin was employed with McDonnell Aircraft Corporation as a Procurement Manager. He was an avid sports enthusiast, enjoyed golf and bowling. In addition, he enjoyed traveling and dancing. Martin was a loving and caring father. He found great joy and pleasure with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In his later years, he generously shared what he had with family, friends, and charitable organizations. He loved to reminisce about the good old days, sharing stories and jokes with his family and friends. Martin will be greatly missed by his family. He is survived by his Daughter, Beverly (William) Messinger of Bridgeton, MO; Son, Martin F. (Kathryn) Aaron of Sunset, UT; Daughter, Mary (Guy) Ankeny of Simi Valley, CA; Son, Kevin (Christine) Aaron of Torrance, CA; 10 Grandchildren; 6 Great Grandchildren; companion, Phyllis Reardon. His Mother, Anna Aaron; Father, Martin Aaron; wife of 42 years, Elna; and second wife of 8 years, Patricia, preceded him in death. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Thursday January 3, 2008 from 4 to 8pm with a Vigil at 7pm. The Service will be held at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday January 4 at 12 noon. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or Christian Relief Services Charities (

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  1. Dear Martin, You will be truly missed. We loved hearing all your humorous stories of all your adventures. You were a great grandfather to Sarah and Erica, and a great father to Kevin and my sister Chris for she loved you as if you were her own father. We know you are probably going on some type of adventure already up there in heaven. We will all meet up with you some day. We are glad you are at peace. Love, The Smiths

  2. To all of Martin’s family, Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of you at this very sad time. We know Martin will truly be missed. He was a funny and loving man, a wonderful father and grandfather and loved by so many. He loved his family dearly and will surely be watching over them from heaven. Love, Vicki, David & Brooke Bordelon (Sister of Chris Aaron)

  3. Grandpa, We all know your up there looking down over us. You will be missed in so many ways. Even though we didn’t get to see each other very often you were always in our hearts. Now you can visit anytime you choose and we hope you do often. Love, Kim, Chase and Taylor (your grandchildren)

  4. Dad, Thank you. I probably never said it enough, but thanks for being my father. Thanks for doing all the things that you did. Thanks for showing me how to throw a football, for teaching me to ride a bike, and teaching me to drive. Thanks for showing us kids different places in the country on our trips and putting up with the things that kids do on driving vacations. Thanks for giving me my education and helping me get started in life after college. Thanks for all those stories over the years, even the ones you told more than once. Thanks for never forcing me to be someone I wasn’t and helping me figure things out along the way. Say hi to Mom. I will miss you. Love, Kevin

  5. Thank you to all of Martin’s friends. He had many good friends over the years and enjoyed the company of all. He shared stories with the family of his many adventures (good and bad). He traveled many places and saw much of the country and world. Thank you to everyone for helping the family through this time. The Aaron Family

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