Sept. 17, 1923 — Feb. 11, 201
Leopold (Leo) Martin of Placerville, Calif., passed away Feb. 11, 2011, at 87 years of age. He was born Sept. 17, 1923, in Woodlake, Calif.
Leo worked harvesting grapes and other field work with the Red Banks Fruit Company during his school years until 1942. He moved to Richmond and worked at the Kaiser Shipyard No. 3 in 1943 as an cutting torch operator until July 29 of that year and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy from that year to March 30, 1946. He received his basic training, fleet, advanced and aerial torpedo school in San Diego and graduated as a Torpedo-man 3rd Class. During his years in the Navy Leo served in the South Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence CVL22. Battle campaigns and memorial experiences were Asiatic Pacific area 5 battle stars, Philippines; Liberation 1 battle star, Luzon invasion Formosa, Indo China, Okinawa invasion and the occupation of Japan-Admiral Halsey’s 3rd fleet.
After serving in the Navy Leo married Virgina Rosa McClain, a native of Glasgow, Mont., on Feb. 1, 1948, and settled in Carmichael. Leo was a member of the teamster union local No. 150 from 1948-1968 while working with the J. Powell Material Company. For the next 20 years he worked for the University of Sacramento and retired from there in 1988 as the Supervisor of Building Trades. As an active person Leo engaged himself and his family in many activities, one being the San Juan Judo Club. He persisted in this and rose to rank of second degree black belt. His training also included time at the Kodokan Japan Institute in Tokyo, Japan. A memorable experience was a demonstration of the club at the half-time activities during a football game at Candlestick Park.
After moving to Placerville, Leo remained active as a Boy Scout Master for Troupe 164 in Pollock Pines. He was a proud veteran of World War II and served various positions in many veteran organizations:
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Fleet Reserve Association No. 275, and American Legion Post 119, District 31, 48 Voiture. Other organizations included Native sons of the Golden West and the Federated Church.
Leo was preceded in death by his wife Virginia in 2002. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Susan Hoshall; three sons, Edward, Gary and Chris; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was a hard worker and a good provider to his family. He will always be remembered by many for his loving nature and good heartedness.
There will be a visitation on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., and a funeral service on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 12 noon, both at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, 2855 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, Calif. Interment will follow the funeral at Westwood Hills Memorial Park. Family and friends may sign a guestbook and leave condolences at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com.