Our beloved Martin was taken from us suddenly in a traffic accident on his way to work on the morning of August 6. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to his forever home with us in April 1991. He leaves behind his loving parents, Bill Hinsberg and Frances Houle, his adoring sister, Monique Hinsberg, his beautiful dog Mogi, and many relatives, close family friends who have known him since he was a baby, and his own wide circle of friends. He also had an older brother, Billy, who passed away before he was born. Martin lived most of his life in Fremont, attending local schools and graduating from Mission San Jose High School in 2009. He attended San Francisco State University, and was taking a break from school to decide on his path forward. He was a highly intelligent man with a great sense of humor who moved from passion to passion, throwing himself deeply into various subjects until he decided he had done enough and then moving to the next one. He loved travel and adventures. Throughout these phases he maintained deep long-term friendships and was intensely loyal to his family and to all he loved. He was a very talented musician who played various saxophones and drums, loved telling stories especially through visual arts, and was an avid photographer with a keen eye for taking portraits and pictures of natural scenes. He loved nature, especially animals, and took exceptional care of his dog. He had a special passion for fish and water environments, and being in the forest. He loved working with his hands – as an artist, cook and barbeque master, and over the past year in a motorcycle dealership. His talent as a leader emerged early - for example in Boy Scouts where he rose to the rank of Life Scout, in tae kwon do where he was an assistant instructor and third degree black belt, and helping to organize homecoming shows at school and a commercial at his workplace. He was athletic and active and loved hiking and camping and playing at the beach. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Sharks and the Giants. Martin was one of the most alive people any of us has known. He was always interesting, loving, artistic, humble and hard-working, and had a genius for finding the fun in many situations and sometimes exasperating his parents. We will love and miss him forever. His loss leaves a hole in our hearts and in our lives but we are all the richer for having shared his life with him. Family and friends are invited to a 2:00PM Celebration of Martin's life on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA.

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  1. I do not know Martin personally, but we’re connected in many tangible and intangible ways. He seems to have been an amazing guy – the world lost a great one. Rest in peace and ride on my friend.

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  2. I knew Martin growing up. He was truly a great guy, always so cheerful and friendly. I am very saddened to hear about this, and so sorry for your loss. The world became a better place with him having touched so many of us. May he rest in peace.

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and I am remembering Martin as a bright and talented individual who made a profound impression on those he met. He will be missed.

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  4. Dear Frances, my deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your son, Martin. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort from your family and friends during this truly difficult time. Dee Catino

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  5. Too soon. Like so many things in THIS world, there is no good answer. I\’m so sorry. Please take great care of Mogi for him.

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  6. I am so so sorry for your loss. Martin was such a lively, lovely boy, full of energy, he could acomplish everything. I was lucky to meet him years ago, when he was a teenager, one of our patients where i work, same age as my son, i cried when i heard the news, very sad indeed. Rest in peace, Martin, i am sure heaven is going to be busy with you around.

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  7. Martin came into our lives as a baby and we watched him grow up. We
    spent many wonderful days with all of you. We will miss him so much.
    It is truly heartbreaking.

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  8. I had the honor of training Martin to become a Black Belt. He was talented,strong, kind and full of love. Knowing Martin has made me a better teacher and a better human being. I will place a hidden star in our school in Martins honor. Mr.T.

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  9. Bill, Frances, and Monique. The news of Martin’s loss is heartbreaking. What a wonderful young man. Please know that I my thoughts are with you.

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