Obituaries for Nov. 10, 2014
• John Martin
John Martin of Honolulu passed away peacefully on October 31, 2014, at home at the age of 90. Born in Kalaheo, Kauai on October 13, 1924, the first born to Frank and Ricarda Martin, he grew up on the West side of Kauai in Mana and Kekaha. He was retired, after working with Hawaiian Airlines for 41 years.
John was a veteran of WWII servicing the Pacific theater with the U.S. Army’s 968 Engineer Maintenance Company in the Palua Islands, the Philippines and Okinawa.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ricarda Martin, brothers, Lawrence Martin and Manuel Martin.
John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Isabel “Bella” Parraga Martin, sons John Daryl (Brenda) Martin of Waimea, Kauai, Rodney Alan (Leslie) Martin of Kekaha, Kauai, daughter Lori Ann (Michael) Reeves of Mililani, Oahu, 8 grand children and 14 great-grand children, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
John loved to travel and experience new places, he loved photography and his family, especially his grand children and his great-grand children were some of his favorite subjects. He was an avid story teller and always had a tale to tell about growing up on the westside of Kauai. He was able to write two books, one about his family’s life, called “Time to Remember” and another about the place his grew up in called “Mana, a place and its people”, which he was able to share with many of his friends and family that grew up there with him.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Waimea United Church of Christ. Visitation will be from 10 a.m., services at 11 a.m. Casual attire is suggested and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society. He will be interned at the Hanapepe Veteran’s Cemetery in a private ceremony at a later date.