June 11, 1945 — Dec. 20, 2012
Loretta passed away peacefully on Dec. 20, 2012, following a courageous five-year battle with colon cancer. She was born in Fullerton, Calif., and attended Glendora High School, Citrus College and California Polytechnic University, where she met her future husband and best friend, Tom. ln 1970, following Tom’s discharge from the United States Marine Corps, they moved to Placerville with their infant son John. Over the years, she worked for the El Dorado County Probation Department and served as a counselor with several group foster homes. She also traveled the world as a counselor for People to People, taking junior high school aged kids on annual excursions. She served on the Boards of New Morning and CASA. Her real passions though were tending to her ever-expanding garden at their home of 40 years in Camino and entertaining her many close friends, even as her health began to fail.
Loretta was preceded in death by her father, Andy Martin; and her brother, Darrell Martin. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Tom; sons John and Steve; daughters-in-law, Lori and Shannon; grandchildren, Carlie, Andie, Ava and Hadley; sister, Marlene Whelden; mother, Dorothy Martin; and countless close friends, many of whom were by her side in her final days. Because of her desire to not distract friends and family during the holiday season, a celebration of her life will be held in January at a time and place to be announced later. She expressed a desire to have “a thousand people” at her ceremony and that it be one of happiness, not of mourning. She just might get her wish. Donations in her honor can be made to the Marshall Foundation for Community Health, Snowline Hospice or the El Dorado Community Foundation.