February 28, 1916 ~ May 27, 2011
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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