Joe “Marty” Martin Jr., age 73, passed away on February 6, 2020. He was born on May 13, 1946 to Joseph Martin Sr. and Pearl Martin in Vallejo, California.
Joe served in the Navy and was stationed in Saigon, Vietnam during the Vietnam War from December 1965 to 1975. After an honorary discharge, he continued his naval service in the reserves until 1981. He then worked at the Commissioned Officers Club at NASCC alongside his mother, Pearl, for 30 years as a maitre d’ earning numerous customer service awards until fully retiring in 2003. Joe became a Legion of the Moose Member in 2005, achieving legionnaire status in 2010.
On August 25, 2015 Joe wed the love of his life, Kenneth Herring, until his passing in 2018. Their union spanned 40 years and produced the phrase “Just Joeken”.
As the patriarch of his family, gatherings were filled with great food, games and lots of laughter. Joe taught them about their Hawaiian culture of food, dance and lei making. He also shared beautiful memories of distant relatives.
Joe had a creative passion for cooking, decorating and making his homes warm and inviting. He had a multitude of outdoor interests including camping, hunting, boating and was an avid fisherman. Joe’s fun loving, generous and jovial spirit can never be duplicated.
Joe is preceded in death by his spouse: Kenneth Walter Herring; his parents: Joseph Stanley and Pearl Bernice Martin; brother: John “Jack” Lee Martin and a sister: Cheryl Ann Vandergriff. He is survived by and missed dearly by his siblings: Ilene Hammond (Jimmy) of Villas, New Jersey, Wayne Martin (Darrelyn) of Tucson, Arizona, Wanda Martin (Orlando) of Corpus Christi, Texas and Linda Martin (Samuel) of Normanna, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews and most importantly his fur babies: Dallas, Waco and Austin whom he immensely adored.
A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. that same evening. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.