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Duncan Martin 1937-2019

James Duncan Martin
April 1, 1937 – March 1, 2019

James Duncan Martin was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on April 1st, 1937. He attended elementary school and then after World War II he and his family moved to Rosemead, California. He had three brothers, Larry Albert Martin who was born in 1940, Michael William Martin in 1951, and Brian Gregory Martin in 1954.

His parents, Albert Duncan Martin & Mary Sue Martin, bought a small grocery market in Rosemead, California. Later, his father sold the market and Albert went to work for Market Basket. The family attended church at the Rosemead Church of the Nazarene. Duncan graduated from Mark Keppel High School in Rosemead.

In 1955 at the age of 18 he joined the U.S. Army and served for almost 3 1/2 years. He was stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey, California. He was then reassigned to the 8th Infantry Division in Germany for 2 years. While he was there, he purchased a Volkswagen Beetle and traveled throughout the country. After his term of active service ended, he returned to the US and entered the Army National Guard.

He attended college at Pasadena City College and earned an Associate’s of Arts Degree. In 1962 he married Catherine Johann Wolpe and purchased their first and only home in San Gabriel, California. They were married at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, California and remained members of the church. Duncan Martin was a member for over 50 years. While there, he and Cathy taught a Kindergarten Sunday school class and continued to be active in other church activities.

He enjoyed watching movies and learning new things. He had an extensive movie and book collection. He also enjoyed traveling and made trips to the Pacific Northwest and Europe with his wife Cathy and later took cruises to Alaska and Panama.

After he returned from military service, he worked at a variety of jobs including Cal Tech, the United States Postal Service, Southern California Edison, and lastly Pacific Bell. He worked as a communications technician and retired from the phone company after 30 years with a full pension.

On March 1st, 2019 he departed this life to be with the Lord. He leaves behind his two children, David and Mery as well as eight grandchildren, James, Julia, Christine, Sophia, Brianne, Molly, Robert, and Courtney.