Obituary of Allen Joseph Martin
Allen was born on April 1, 1929 in Marshall, Minnesota to Betty and Phillip Martin. The family moved to Los Angeles after Allen completed high school where he attended UCLA for his undergraduate studies. Allen continued his studies at Stanford University School of Medicine where he earned his medical degree. He went on to do his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois. It was there that he met a nurse who would become his wife. On June 30, 1956 Allen and Janet Ann Wagner were married at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Maywood, Illinois. They raised two daughters, Susan & Beth. Their daughter, Kathy, passed away in 1964 at the age of 3 years old.
Allen was a Captain in the army and served at Fort Sam Houston Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, between 1958 and 1960. In 1960, Allen and Janet moved to Ontario, California, where he practiced for a year at Kaiser Hospital, before moving to Santa Cruz, California. It was in Santa Cruz where he was the 11th doctor to join the Santa Cruz Medical Center. He continued to practice Internal Medicine at the medical center until his retirement in 1996.
Allen was a quiet man but had a great sense of humor. He always had a joke to share. After his retirement they acquired a second home at Del Webb Palm Desert. Allen & Janet spent winters there when they weren’t traveling. They acquired wonderful friends in the desert, in the army and on their many trips to all parts of the world. These trips included England, Germany, France, China, Tibet, Turkey, Peru, Switzerland, Italy, Istanbul, Canada, and Africa.
Allen was respected by his peers, his patients and his nurse of many years, Jeanne Feaster.
Allen is survived by his wife, Janet, daughters Susan and Beth, son-in-law, Jarod, 4 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren. Allen is preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister, Shirley, his sister Gloria, and daughter, Kathy.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 23rd at Holy Cross Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. A reception will immediately follow at Holy Cross Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Omega Nu Scholarship Fund, The Holy Cross Building Fund or to Hospice of Santa Cruz.