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