Online memorial planned next week for Howard Martin, 1944-2021

Howard Martin will be remembered with a virtual memorial on September 22nd. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing with his community:

Howard Martin, 77, died on August 10, 2021 with his wife and daughter by his side, after living with the aftereffects of a stroke, including dementia, for 8 years.

Born in New York City, Howard moved many times before settling in Seattle, where he lived for the past 36 years. He studied Political Science at UCLA and received a MSW from USC. His work spanned teaching, counseling, acting, cab-driving, nonprofit management, political organizing, and retail until his retirement in 2013.

Howard moved to West Seattle in 1992, and embraced this community — especially his neighborhood, Blockwatch32 in the Luna Park/Avalon area. He served on the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association Board, worked for Neighborhood House in White Center, met up regularly with dog-park friends at Westcrest, and was among the first hires at the Home Depot on Delridge, where he worked preceding his stroke and eventual retirement. He participated in Providence Mt. St. Vincent’s Eldercare Program and enjoyed the attention and excellent care he received.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ruth and Peter, daughter Naomi, and stepfather Earl (longtime West Seattleite Earl Robinson). He is survived by wife Marcia, daughter Kata, brother Michael, and many family members and friends.

He will be remembered for his perennial wit, humor, and warmth, and by his online alias, HowieInSeattle. A virtual memorial will be held on 9/22 @ 3 pm — email for details.

Remembrances may be made to Delridge Neighborhood Development Association.

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6 Replies to "Online memorial planned next week for Howard Martin, 1944-2021"

  • Marcee September 13, 2021 (1:56 pm)

    RIP Howie. You were a cool dude. I really enjoyed our conversations. Thanks also for your help.

  • Pete September 13, 2021 (2:32 pm)

    Can’t begin to count the conversations with Howie. Always covered many topics. He was one that walked the walk and cared deeply about Delridge. RIP my friend. 

  • Karen White September 13, 2021 (3:53 pm)

    RIP, Howard.   You helped so many.I’ve missed your great laugh for a long time.

  • D September 13, 2021 (7:03 pm)

    I worked with Howie at Delridge Home Depot, really good spirit and funny guy. Rest In Glory, thoughts and prayers with his family and friends.

  • Ann Adachi September 14, 2021 (12:30 am)

    Howard was both a Renaissance man and also just a totally cool dude. One of the funniest people I know. I can honestly say the world needs more people like Howard who was truly his own person. Our daughters grew up together and are still good friends. Marcia, you can tell by these comments that Howard was much loved. 

  • Annie September 14, 2021 (10:24 am)

    So sorry to see this news.  I worked with him at United Way back in the 90’s and his energy was undeniable.  Condolences to his family, I know he will be missed.  

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