Robert “Bob” Martin

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Robert Martin (lovingly known as Bob), passed away October 17, 2013.  God brought him and his twin brother Richard into this world on June 22, 1943 in sunny Southern California, where he was raised and eventually married his beautiful wife, Carol. 
He will be dearly missed by all, especially his 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren listed below:
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Scott (in Los Angeles, CA)
Tiana (in Flower Mound, TX) married to Todd Larson with children Ty, Travis and Taylor
Bryan (in Huntsville, TX) married to Rose with children David, Misty, Kyla and Carissa
Shawna (in Buckley, WA) married to Eric Armstrong with children Forest, Christian and Alex
Dane (in Bothell, WA) married to de-Anna
Derek (in Lynwood, WA) married to Tawnya with child Lexi
Ayden (age 3), Joseph (age 2) and Stevie (3 months)
All of his children were born in CA before moving the family (except Scott and Tiana) to Woodinville, WA in 1986, near where he was Martin6laid to rest in Floral Hills Cemetary in Lynnwood. Making their way through life together (overcoming hardship and being grateful of prosperity), Bob and Carol were only 4 months away from their Golden Anniversary.  His living siblings are Thom, Richard, Chris, Sue and Cindy.
Martin1Bob spent his entire professional career machining metal parts (a lot of which went on airplanes), using precision tools and his keen mathematical mind to either create or supervise others in the process.  He was a dedicated employee. His last 26 years were spent at J.D. Ott in Seattle.  It’s not an exageration to say that his peers were like family to him.  He retired Dec. 31, 2012, only because of his poor health.  During earlier days in CA, he normally held a 2nd job at small local machine shops.  We even remember early Sunday mornings (his only day to sleep in) when he would drop off massive bundles of newspapers at area newspaper carriers’ homes and then get home before dawn to help his 4 older children deliver the News Chronicle in Newbury Park, CA.  
One of Bob’s favorite places to be was around the ocean.  He had a love for fishing his entire life, but spent some special times on his brother-in-law’s boat in Puget Sound crabbing and salmon fishing.  And although he didn’t get around to it until his children were all grown up, he did love to travel.  He and Carol even explored Sweden with Dane and de-Anna.  Bob was also an avid card player.  It didn’t matter the game, but deal him in!  Fond, fond memories for us all.
Humorous, charismatic, and hard-working, he had an everlasting love for his family and will forever and always be in our hearts!  As a loving Heavenly Father does, God provided his family and friends with a beautiful soul, through the life of Bob.
Although he had a faulty heart valve and deteriorating lungs, his strength, endurance and love for his family (who were with him daily), carried him to the end. We trust God with his soul, and that He will continue to care for all his loved ones (family and friends) who will miss him deeply.
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38 Responses to “Robert “Bob” Martin”

  • Janet and Alan Pohl says:

    Oh, Dear Ones!

    This is so touching. We are praying for God’s comfort for all of you. Love, Alan and Janet

  • Diane Johnson says:

    Dear Cuzn Carol and family,

    Altho I didn’t know Bob, this tribute to him is like saying hello to his departed soul. Blessings to you, Carol, and your family as you travel through this time of grief.

    God’s peace be with you all,

    Love, Cuzn Diane

  • Brian says:

    Bob has left a large void in my boat,no pun intended..His presence will be felt and cherished forever!

  • Angela Weston says:

    So sorry to hear this news. May the peace of God be with all of you. Love, Angela Weston

  • Mickey Snyder says:

    I loved Bob VERY much and will miss him terribly. He is, was and always will be a GREAT man! xoxoxoxo

  • Debera Reiley says:

    I always looked forward to seeing Uncle Bob at Christmas Celebrations at Joyce & Brian’s home. I loved flirting with him. He seemed to like so I kept doing it until this last Christmas when you could see, even that was too much work. Though wasn’t family to me accept my Joyce’s adoption of me. I always felt like I could sit down and talk with Uncle Bob. He will be missed more than any of us realize.

    My sincerest hopes for peace and acceptance on Carol and all the children’s part. He left a piece of himself behind in many ways.

    Love to all
    Debera

  • Ginny Mae Martin says:

    May good memories help fill the huge void of Bob’s presence and essence. The depth of his laughter when he was really tickled will forever echo in our ears. How he will be missed! Ginny Mae

  • Gene Fulmer says:

    I will remember Bob as the most kind and patient man I’ve ever known. Years ago I found him sitting alone on a park bench in downtown Leavenworth. “Hello Bob, why are you sitting on a park bench in the middle of Leavenworth?” “Carol is shopping, and I’m just enjoying the sunshine.”

    We exchanged some neighborly small talk, and later I went about my business. An hour later, he was still there just watching the world go by.

    I always seem to think about that day, and Bob, when I find myself just watching the world go by.
    He will be missed.

  • Kathy Bjornstad(Johnson) says:

    Carol & Family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss; will be thinking of you all. Beautiful write-up.

  • Erik Sather says:

    Bob was a great co worker. He took the time to share with me his many skills and knowledge. He was one of the few “old guys” that was able to adapt to new technology. His retirement left a huge void at the shop. I will never forget him and his quick smile.

  • Chuck and Becca Rennie says:

    Dearest Carol, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will be praying for our Heavenly Father’s comfort to you and your family as you grieve.

  • Sheri Carruthers says:

    Carol and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of a dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. What a wonderful tribute to him! I will continue to keep your family in prayer during this very difficult time.

  • Sarah Field (Quicoli) says:

    Dear Carol,
    I am very sad to hear of Bob’s passing. I remember him fondly in Newbury Park where we had good times visiting your family and our children playing together. I’m sending condolences to you and keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Love to you and your family,
    Sarah

  • Jeff Merrill says:

    Because our family moved away years ago this came as ahuge surprise to me. Bob was such a pleasant man, that he made for wonderful neighbor. He will be missed and the best to his family.

  • Martha Gordon says:

    Dear Carol,
    I will miss Bob at church. This is such a wonderful memorial for a dear man. My prayers are with you for comfort now. love, Martha

  • martha augustson says:

    loss of loved ones really leave a huge void. value of memories are without limit. having family around is priceless!! i know…. I’ve been there. Takes a long tome to get over the pain of loss. Memories are good to hold close.

    it’s great to have been loved!! And had the chance to love back. Cherish the memories shared with family & friends………Martha

  • Jeanne & John Anderson says:

    This is a wonderful tribute to Bob, I know how much he will be missed. He had an infectious laugh that always made me smile; I remember what a hard worker he was from your time as neighbors in Newbury Park. John and I always felt so welcomed in your home, both by Carol, but by Bob also. I know our Lord Jesus will bring you comfort and faithfully lead you step by step as you negotiate your life ahead. Much love to you all.

  • Thelma Gacoyne says:

    Dear Carol and family,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We are so privileged to be with Bob on his last Saturday. We are so grateful to God also for the ministry of prayer. We prayed for you and Bob daily and now much more for you and your loved ones.

    Chris and Thelma

  • Angie O'Connell says:

    Carol, I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved husband. My prayers are with you,dear sister in Christ.

  • Ken and Judy Irish says:

    Dear Carol, what a sweet, touching tribute to your dear Bob….may God give you His Peace in the coming days. Love, Ken and Judy

  • Chris Lindblad says:

    Carol and family – Such a wonderful tribute to Bob. He will be missed by all of us who had the opportunity to know him. We pray for God’s comfort and strength to take you through this time. Chris

  • David Starcher says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  • Don and Jan Armstsrong says:

    Don and I have wonderful memories and a pleasure to have hosted Bob and Carol those two weeks spent with us in Sweden. The ice bar, the anniversary dinner at Fem Smal Hus..and playing cards. The many celebrations spent with Eric and Shawna’s family during birthdays and holidays.
    He will be missed by all
    Prayers and Blessings extended to all the Martin families.
    Don and Jan

  • David Passieri says:

    Bob always had a hearty laugh and a twinkle in his eye. Carol, you helped to bring out the best in Bob and your successes as a family are an inspiration to me personally. Thank you and God Bless you, Bob and your family. May Bob rest in peace and may you also be at peace in this time of transition.

  • Deanna (Johnson) Head says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Cousin Carol and families! I so remember you and Bob visiting the farm and am glad to have met him. May these and other memories help you through this difficult time!

  • Shellie Balsz says:

    Carol and Family,
    So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing, keeping you in my prayers. God Bless

  • Linda Clark says:

    Carol and family, Words can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. I am so glad to have know Bob. Working with him at the Ott Co. was such a pleasure and in those years it gave me an insight into the man he truly was and that is the man I will remember and always love.

  • Bob Street says:

    I worked for Bob for the last 14 years of my machining career at JD Ott. He was by far the best boss I ever had. Knowledgeable and kind with a great sense of humor. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.

  • Sandra St. Luise says:

    To Carol & family, very touching! I pray that the Lord provides all your needs & comfort during this season of life! Know your family is in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Gary and Wen Davis says:

    Carol and family on behalf of myself, Wen and Joseph, Steven, and Tyler, we are saddened for the loss of a great man and neighbor. Carol and family please accept our condolences, and prayers that God comforts you in your time of grief and morning.

  • Richard martin says:

    Although Bob and I have lived away from each other, I always had him in thoughts and heart. He was a warm and caring brother and fun to grow up with. He had a love for life and family. I will miss him and his sense of humor. I hope that when I leave on my next journey like Bob has, I will Leave as warm a spot in everyone’s heart as he has.
    I love you brother. Dick

  • Jack Allen says:

    Bob was a real gem to work for at the Ott. He told us many stories of living down in Southern California and I could tell by the twinkle in his eye, he remembered it foundly. A real Gentleman and a true Salt of the Earth! Rest Easy Bob and may God Bless You.

  • Marcia Lindblom says:

    Carol, I am so sorry for your lose. I did not know Bob too well but I know he loved you deeply & your family. You are a lucky woman to have such a caring man in your life for all those years. My thoughts are with you.

  • Ina Schoentrup says:

    Carol, I am so sorry for your family loss. Gather your family closely around you, You will need each other. May God bless you and loved ones in your time of sorrow. You have always been a good friend. Take care of your self. If I can be any assistance or comfort please call..Love Ina

  • Nancy Sundby says:

    I loved seeing this tribute to your husband Bob. I’m very sorry for your loss. I have been praying for you and your whole family. I’m so glad you know Jesus. He will provide all your needs in the days ahead. He is faithful and true!

  • Tom McCloskey says:

    I’ve known Bob and his twin brother Dick since the mid 1950’s. We met one sunny day soon after they moved in to their house, three doors down from us, on Nobel Ave in Sepulveda, Ca. Since then we have been good friends, playing at the city park in back us, catching lizards snakes & other critters, along with going to Fulton Junior High and James Monroe High School together and establishing a lot of good memories in the process. One important memory, in my mind, is that I had the privilege to be Bob’s best man at his wedding. During those early years, Bob and I went camping, fishing and hunting and just did a lot of guy-things together. During the year of our fiftieth (50th) birthdays (1993) we all got together in Woodinville, Wa. for Bob & Dick’s and later in San Jose, Ca., for my birthday. During both of those events we had a great time together with lots of memories and videos to last forever. These last years were important to me, even with the long distances between us. I was able to touch-base with Bob with hopes for a 70th birthday get together but the good lord wouldn’t accommodate because of Bob’s illnesses. I’m very sorry to have lost Bob so early in our life’s travels and will miss him, because he was a large part of my younger years and experiences. With over 55 years of knowing Bob, it was still too short of time to have really known him. I remember when I would walk over and stand at Bob & Dick’s back steps and ask if they could “come-out and play”, and then had to wait there until they finished washing dishes before they could come outside. I sure miss those good old times. Life was much simpler back then. Bob I will miss you. Tom McC

  • Cheryl Dawson says:

    Wow, it was a shock to get the news of Bobs passing. It has been a long time since our Newbury Park days and our children young and playing together. And Bob so friendly and full of smiles and open for conversation. Your home was always a welcome place to visit. Blessings to all of you at this time…peace be with you. Bob, enjoy your new life in heaven. Wow indeed.

  • Deanne tiffany says:

    I met Bob in high school in 1960. Adorable. He wasp our best man when I married Jim Kasarjian. Have always had a lot of respect for his love of life
    So many long ago fun memories. Carol, Bob loved you so much.

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