Christopher Willard Martin (72) of Pismo Beach, California passed away unexpectedly at Marian Regional Medical Hospital on April 4th, 2023.
Chris was born to Leslie and Willard Martin on May 25th, 1950 in Sutter Creek, California. He spent his young life traveling the globe from Okinawa to Germany as an “Army brat”, but California was always home. Chris graduated Jackson High School in Jackson, California in 1968. He was known to be a loving parent and involved member of the community, who coached little league when his children were young and played in local softball leagues, where he was legendary on the field. He completed an impressive 40 years of service with CalTrans, working to keep people and the environment safe as a HazMat and Storm Water Drainage specialist amongst other roles, and retired as a supervisor.
Always quick to laugh and smile, Chris spent his life making friends everywhere he went. An avid golfer, Chris could often be found out on the course with friends, or at his beloved Pismo Beach Moose Lodge. Traveling was also his passion, between baseball fields and golf courses, he was always on the road to new adventures. He loved hosting gatherings, spending time with friends and family, meeting new people, watching sports and cheering on his favorite team the Baltimore Orioles. Chris had a warm heart; to know him was to be his friend.
Chris will be remembered as a loyal family member and friend, a wonderful father and an incredible “G-pa” to his three grandchildren. An irreplaceable source of good times and love, he is sorely missed.
He is survived by his loving fiancee, Maxine, his children Tony and Maren, his daughter-in-law Miki, his sisters Karen, Meghan and Lisa; his grandchildren; Gavin, Hannah and Lily; his nieces and nephews; and many lifelong friends. He is predeceased by his best friend, Willie “Uncle Bill” Perales.
According to his wishes, Chris’ life will be celebrated with a party at the Moose Lodge this summer. To request information or RSVP, please email Farewellfoxx@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the 1409 Moose Lodge Pismo Beach (his grandchildren's scholarship fund), or to the First Tee Central Coast, a local youth golfing foundation.
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