Obituary of Galen Andrew Martin
Dr. Galen Andrew Martin passed away peacefully at his Nevada City home on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.
Born on March 16, 1946 in Ontario, Oregon, to Robert and Betty Martin, Galen grew up in the Bay Area, spending his childhood in Palo Alto before attending UC Berkeley, then graduating from UCSF School of Medicine and volunteering for two years with the Peace Corps in Tonga.
For more than 4 decades he practiced medicine, first in Fortuna, California, and later in Nevada County as a family practice physician. He retired in 2014 from Western Sierra Medical Clinic.
He was many things to many people: master gardener and landscape designer, amazing cook, fly-fisherman, Acey-Deucey aficionado, world traveler, gifted athlete, Qigong novice, and beloved physician. Most importantly, Galen was a loving husband and father who dedicated himself to helping others in the community.
Galen is survived by his wife Janine; his mother Betty; his children, Casey, Wes and Angela; his grandchildren, Ryder and Lucas; his brother Tom; his sisters, Ann and Claudia; his nieces, Amy, Liz and Carrie; and his nephews, Tom and Andy.
He was preceded in death by his father Robert; and his aunts, Yvonne Chamberlin and Verna Rodriguez.
Although Galen fought a courageous battle for 9 years against cancer, at age 69 he was far too young to leave this world. He led a life full of adventures that took him across the globe, and as Galen liked to say these past few years, “I try to live each day to the fullest, because you never know when it may be your last.”
He was an inspiration and will continue to be loved and cherished by those fortunate enough to have known him. A private service will be held for family at Trinity Church, and this coming spring there will be an outdoor gathering for community members to celebrate the life of this wonderful man.
Memorial donations to the Galen Martin Medical Scholarship Fund may be made payable this year and annually thereafter to Janine Martin at any Tri Counties Bank location.
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