Lasting Memories

Billy Martin
May 18, 1954-Dec. 23, 2016
Oakland, California

Billy Martin, 62, of Oakland, CA, passed away on December 23, 2016 with his family at his side.

Billy was born May 18,1954 in Fort Hood, Texas son of Floyd and Mitsue Martin. He graduated from Clovis High School and continued on to graduate from California State University, Fresno. He taught surveying and engineering at UCSF, Stanford, and several other Bay Area State Universities; was a Partner at BKF for 20 years; and most recently started Pacific Land Surveys and worked with RSE Engineering.

Billy’s passions were his family, golfing, basketball, traveling, and practical jokes. He coached boy’s basketball for 17 years including coaching for CYA, Amador Valley High School, and Berkeley High School. He and his family loved to travel together, most recently in South America visiting the Galapagos Islands, Peru, and Bolivia. His life was interrupted too soon, but while on earth he embraced opportunities, and had a great curiosity and willingness to try new experiences. His smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Those that will miss Billy the most include his wife, Megan Martin, his two sons Samuel Martin and Colin Martin, his mother, Mitsue Martin, his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Laraine Martin, sister, Mary Cerniglia, sister-in-laws and their husbands, Lisa Schoof and Pete Sklar and Casey and Doug Rosenberg and many other friends and family members.

Billy is united in death with his father Floyd Martin Jr.

Services to celebrate Billy’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. January 15, 2017 at Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave., Piedmont, CA.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the US National Park Service.

From Kelly Cabezon
Jan. 9, 2017

I feel honored to have worked with Billy for 10 years. "BIIILLLLYYY" as I called him. Whenever we were together, you could be guaranteed that something would be thrown. I would run by and throw things at him or he would run by and throw things at me. I loved his sense of humor, his outlook on life and his energy. I will always remember that smile and laugh. May God bless his family and those left behind. Kelly

From Becky DeMonte Harper
Jan. 5, 2017

I am so saddened and sorry to read the startling news of Billy's passing. Although I have not seen him in years, I can still easily picture him with that mischievous twinkle in his eyes and his warm, engaging smile. He had a dry wit and calm demeanor. My heartfelt sympathy to Megan, Samuel & Colin, and to the rest of his family and friends. May you soon find peace in this very difficult time. Sincerely, Becky

From Leta Bailes Ciavaglia
Jan. 3, 2017

So sorry to hear about this tragic loss. We have all lost a friend and a great comedian! My condolences to Billy's family. Know that he is soaring with the eagles watching over us all. xxoo Leta