Robert William Martin passed away May 27, 2011 at age 95 in his home in Palos Verdes Estates. Bob was born on February 28, 1916 to Claude and Sadie Martin in West Hollywood. He lived in Venice and went to Venice High. He attended UCLA and after two years transferred to UC Berkeley where he met his wife Martha Ayer. After he graduated, they moved to Venice. There they were neighbors with Ed and Dorothy Perry and became lifelong friends. Later they moved to Pacific Palisades, then lived in Malibu for 40 years, where they were members of the Grasshoppers group. They have resided in Lunada Bay, Palos Verdes Estates for the last 10 years. Bob was a mechanical engineer specializing in aircraft wing structures at Douglas then McDonnell Douglas, but also worked at North American Aviation supervising the structural design of the second state of the Saturn rocket. He worked on many commercial airplane designs at Douglas, and his biggest project was supervising the structure of the DC8 wing. As a teenager in Venice, Bob and his friends became interested in aviation, and decided to build one-man gliders, which they flew in the vicinity of Calle Miramar in the Hollywood Riviera; the same street, as it turns out, where his son Bob and family now live. Bob was preceded in death by his brother Claude. Bob is survived by wife; Martha, sons; Bob and Steve, grandchildren; Scott, Trista, Dan, Dennis, and Jim, and great granddaughter; Isabella. Services will be Saturday, June 4th at 1 PM at Green Hills Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. Our condolences, Martha. Ed and I were saddened to learn of Bob’s death. I hope your years in Palos Verdes were happy ones. Very best wishes.

  2. Dear Martha:Please accept our Deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dear husband and our friend,Bob. You and he were dear neighbors and we shared many memories of you and Bob from your days in Malibu. As ever, Bill and Jane Baldau

  3. Dear Martha, Steve and Bob, I feel like the passing of another member of my immediate family with the loss of Bob. All the great memories I have of your family since I was 10 years old. Swimming in your pool in Malibu with Steve and trying to keep up with Bob Jr. Having dinner with you at the old Sea Lion Cafe. All the Grasshopper parties. Samohi football games followed by hot fudge sundaes at Friers Restaurant. Steve’s trumpet, Bob Sr’s tolerance of our kid pranks! Through all those memories, the most striking one is of Bob’s steady patience and gentle humor. We as a family always respected these qualities and aspired to have some of this great treasure that Bob shared with us by example. While life is never long enough, I am happy today that you have had so much time together with this wonderful person and that we were fortunate to share a little of it with you. We will miss you Bob! Love, Rick and Cheryl Jacobson

  4. Dear Bob, Steve and families, It was thoughtful of you to send the news about your Dad to the Malibu Times so we could join you in remembering his life. I think of your family as I drive on Kagawa, home for both our families when we were children. The fact that they moved to Malibu exposed me to the charm (and challenge) of that neighborhood, where Ron and I have lived for forty years…less the time required to build and rebuild on our Rambla Pacifico property. Watching the steadfast friendship of our parents through the years has been an inspiration…from dinners out at Ted’s in Santa Monica canyon to stories of parties where they would bring out their wedding attire to celebrate their long and loving marriages. Hope you have inherited these traits and the legacy will pass down the generations to Isabella. Sincerley, Ron and Sally McGowan Munro

  5. Martha, Bob, and Steve, What a rich and long life Bob had. Of course, I am saddened by his passing. Bob and Martha have always been special to me. “Encouragers” is what I would call them both. Palisadians, neighbors, Methodists, PEO, friends. I know how much my folks, Barbara nd Wayne, meant to them as they were the ones they called when fire threatened their cliffside home in Malibu. Finally, they lost that home, as did my sister Sally across on Rambla Pacifico. Bless you all. May your love and memories be kept alive in your hearts. Love, Sunny McGowan Iboshi

  6. Dear Bob , My condolences. I came to know about Dad’s demise through TIES engineer Chandu and felt sad. I used to always know from you through our email conversations about your dad. You worked hard and very well balanced work, home and care for your dad. There was so much I learnt from you from all those email conversations. My prayers are with your family and mom. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN. –Regards

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