Obituary for Tod Martin
The family lost a dear soul when Tod passed away after struggling with health issues for an extended period of time. He was an interesting, witty, creative and loving son, brother, father, husband and friend who will be sorely missed by those fortunate to have known him.
He was born into the loving family of Fern and Chester Martin in Hammond, Indiana, in 1939. Over the years, he was Joined by his sisters Gretchen, Roberta and Korwyn and his brother Jack. His father's career path took the family to Buffalo, New York, and then Grand Junction, Colorado. After several years in Grand Junction, they transferred to White Plains, New York, where he graduated from high school. His father was transferred back to Grand Junction and Tod then went on to attend Western State College in Gunnison.
His own career was a varied and interesting one. He began a career path in broadcasting at KREX TV in Grand Junction, then moved into radio in Delta, Colorado. He was then recruited to Colorado Springs by KKTV where he had a TV program that focused on news and subjects of interest to the public. He produced documentaries on subjects ranging from Olympic ice skaters to The Blue Angels. The Senator from Colorado took notice of his programs and hired him to be his Press Aide in Washington, D.C. He spent several years there and returned to Colorado Springs when the Senator left politics. He moved into Public Relations at that point, working for Colorado Interstate Gas Company, then becoming President of Colorado Ski Country, USA. Wanting to be near the ocean, he eventually moved to San Francisco, California, doing public relations for The State Bar and The Auto Club. After divorcing, he moved to Bakersfield, California, where his sister Korwyn and her husband Ken lived. He finished his career there doing public relations for a large medical company. Being an excellent writer, he also wrote several articles for an art magazine.
Family was very important to him, and he visited whenever he could. He was blessed with two sons, Tod and Brent, from his first marriage who were, to quote him, "the best thing that ever happened to me." They spent time at their cabin near Colorado Springs and visiting with grandparents in Grand Junction, where they were adored by all the family. Being a creative person, their father took great delight in weaving stories for them, some more plausible than others. As his sons moved away to pursue their careers and start their families, he looked forward to his weekly conversations with them, delighting in hearing stories of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He had a great love of travel and reading. He especially enjoyed international travel and returned often to England and France. He also enjoyed visiting China and experiencing a different culture.
He led a full life and is now at peace, missed by all.