Mike Martin passed away at his Phoenix home on September 10, 2013.
A memorial celebration of life will be held at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The rosary and funeral mass will be on Oct. 5, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 900 W. Grant St. in Williams, Ariz.
Mike was born in Williams, graduated from Williams High School in 1958 and in 1959 left Williams with $10 in his pocket to join the U.S. Navy and see the world. And see the world he did! His various stints of employment with Sperry Flight Systems, Honeywell Aerospace and L3 Communications allowed him to explore the world.
During this time, he traveled extensively and in some cases lived in the regions he covered. In 2008, Mike retired in Hawaii where he enjoyed the beaches, golfing and his volunteer work with the Catholic charities in Kihei.
Soon after, he returned to Arizona, which always held a special place in his heart, to reunite with family and friends. Mike's parents, Dolores and Augustine Martin, sisters Alice and Natalie, his beloved grandmother Maria and much-adored uncle, Mike Cardenas all preceded him in death.
Surviving family members who were blessed to share his life are sisters Lucy (Jim), Mary and Dolores along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike had scores of friends around the world. His smile, his stories and his joy for life will be truly missed by all with whom he shared his journey through life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike's memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to place online condolences.