December 16, 1990 ~ August 6, 2015
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.