Terrance (Terry) Paul Michael Martin returned to his heavenly home on Wednesday April 15, 2020 after a valiant battle with frontotempreal dementia.
Terry was born in San Francisco and grew up throughout Northern California. After graduating from Palo Alto High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served his country. During the Vietnam War, he was a crew member of the USS Ranger and earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. After leaving the military, Terry worked in sales for 35+ years for Lilly shipping, Sullair Pacific and Air Perfection. He loved golf, cooking, history, the opera and classical music. Terry was an avid golfer and was the life of the party. He held several positions with the Red Eye Open Golf Association and Richmond Rod & Gun Club.
Terry is survived by daughter Stacey Martin-Bonaduce (Michael), grandson Gabriel Martin, ex-wife and friend Lee Martin. Sister Kathy McNichol of San Luis Obispo, sister Cynthia Mertens (Jim) of Santa Clara, brother Ted Mertens (JL) of Palm Desert, brother Tom Mertens (Barbara) of San Jose, brother Steve Mertens (Carol) of San Andreas, best friend David Raxter (Cheryl) of Manteca and extended family. Terry is preceded in death by his parents Bernadette and Theodore Mertens and sister Barbara Grey.
A special thank you to the staff at Sonoma Post Acute in Sonoma for their loving care and support for Terry over the past several years. We would also like to thank Hospice of the East Bay for their dedicated care for Terry during his final months.
Funeral services for Terry will be at determined at a later date. Terry will be laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations go to the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org/norcal
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Alzheimer's Association of Northern California
2290 North First Street, Suite 101, San Jose CA 95131