February 8, 1944 ~ June 2, 2021

Born in: Oakland, California
Resided in: Fremont, California

Gary Martin, 77,  a life-long resident of Fremont,California, passed away on June 2, 2021 as a result of heart and kidney failure. Gary was the second child of Al and Lorraine Martin also of Fremont.  Gary is survived by his sister, Carole Pine of Fremont and his sister Gayle Martin of Columbia, California and was predeceased by his older brother, Jack, and their parents.

Gary was a third generation resident of Fremont completing elementary school at Vallejo Mill Elementary and Centerville Junior High and graduating from Washington High School  in 1961 after a stellar football and baseball career.

Gary was married for 55 years to his high school sweetheart, Janice Johns, daughter of Jim and Audrey Johns, owners of one of early Fremont major businesses, Ace Cabinets.

Gary worked for the Alameda County Water District for 38 years,  retiring as a distribution maintenance supervisor. Gary was the consummate athlete enjoying his baseball well into his 50s and continuing his passion for bowling until his health deteriorated. His passion for golf was maintained right up until months before his death. But Gary’s true loves were always his family, his ranch, his hunting trips and the scores of friends he made by being a great third-generation hometown Fremont guy.

Gary’s true joy was watching his son, Gary, play soccer and baseball. That continued when his son coached baseball at Washington High School and Granada High School.  Gary was there in the stands to cheer his son’s teams on. Later he was dedicated to watching  his grandchildren Cayla, Colby, Zach and Gabriel play in baseball, soccer, and volleyball tournaments and on traveling teams in countless cities.

Gary is survived by his wife, Janice, his son, Gary and his wife Rebecca, and their children Colby and Cayla and his daughter, Nicole Martin Huerta and her husband, Gabe and their children, Zach and Gabriel.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Gary’s life held on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 12:30 PM at the Bay Area  Baptist Church 2929 Peralta Blvd, Fremont, California 94536

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to  the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Gary Martin. The address is an email: SUPPORT.WOUNDEDWARRIORPROJECT.ORG

Condolences can be sent to the Pine and Martin families
c/o Rich and Carole Pine
38065 Acacia Street
Fremont, California 94536

 

 

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  1. So sorry to hear about Gary. I always enjoyed visiting him when we were up at the ranch. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

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  2. Jerry and I always enjoyed our visits with Gary at the family ranch. Gary was always friendly and kind. I will miss him and his stories.

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  3. CandleSo sorry to hear about Gary. I used to work with Gary at the Water District in the late 60’s. He was always a hard worker and I enjoyed working with him for 3 summers.
    My sincere condolences to all of his family.

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  4. Gary, old buddy, I cherish the memories of us walking the mountains or sitting in a duck blind together. Please wait for me when it is my turn to cross the big pond. I’ll never forget you and the great times we had. Love you, BUDDY.

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  5. CandleGary, thank you for taking Joe on your wonderful, long, adventures. Those trips were the highlights of his year. In many ways,, you were his brother from another mother. In recent months your lengthy conversations about your hunting escapades brought my husband such joy. Your final words to me when I saw you a few weeks ago, meant so much to Joe. You said, “Give Joe a kiss for me and tell him I love him.” We will be with you at your memorial and always with you in our favorite memories. Peace be with you, dear friend.

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  6. Our thoughts, and prayers are with you and your beautiful family! My coffee group loved your funny stories at MacDonalds, and seeing you at the bowling alley ! Rest In Peace🙏🏼💙🙏🏼

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  7. Here’s to you, Gary, with your forever fun loving smile and gregarious personality.
    Besides many other enjoyable times over the years, we are especially grateful to have spent the fabulous days with you, Jan and our group in Pebble Beach last October.
    Thanks for the memories. You are missed.

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  8. CandleFor the last sixty-two years, we have shared so many wonderful memories, thousands of belly laughs, countless hours of conversations and a few poignant tears. We have travelled together, spent time on houseboats, ski boats, golf courses, and each other’s homes. We have spent weeks at a time in constant contact and eaten hundreds of meals together, hung out in mountains, deserts, bowling alleys, and on rivers and lakes. You have been a constant blessed presence in my life, my forever friend. We have never had a “falling out” or a cross word….even though you always pick on me. I love you, dear one. I celebrate my special you, the blessed life we have lived and thank you for your friendship. You made my world better because you were in it. ❤️❤️SHARON

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  9. Dear Gary, your devilish smile has been with me since kindergarten. You were a terrible tease (and often you made me laugh at the wrong time!) In many ways you never changed. My world will be a bit dimmer without you in it. Rest In peace, Gary.

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  10. CandleI was deeply sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. This was such a sad time for him to go as he had so much going on in his life and many new adventures just ahead to look forward to. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends and love ones.

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  11. CandleGary your heart felt smile and always an interesting fun story to share will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to your family and may you Rest In Peace Gary 🙏

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  12. CandleGary was my Supervisor in the 90s. Early on I new he was a down to earth and easy going person. We enjoyed talking about hunting. I will mis seeing Gary at Dale Hardware shopping. And taking the time to catch up on, yes you guessed it… on how the Hunting has been for both of us since we last saw each other.

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