July 14, 1927-June 24, 2018
James Edward Martin passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 24, 2018 with his family by his side. He was 90 years old.
"Jimmy" was born in San Francisco on July 14, 1927 and loved his City. Proud of his Marina roots, he developed many life-long friendships which sustained him throughout his life.
He attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory and was student body president, class of 1945. Jim remarked many times how the Jesuits taught him how to think. After high school he enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed in Memphis, TN, becoming a section leader in aviation radio and was honorably discharged in 1946. Upon his return to San Francisco he graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in history. Not knowing what to do next, he took the advice of a good friend and applied to law school.
Jim graduated from USF Law School in 1952 and began a distinguished 35 year legal career. It was in the courtroom where Jim's many innate talents were showcased. Blessed with a bright mind and critical thinking skills he became president of the San Francisco Barristers Club at age 33. He was made partner at the law firm Bronson, Bronson and McKinnon at the age of 37. He was a shining star in the world of insurance defense trying over 120 cases to verdict and selected to join the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA).
A very spiritual man, Jim was a devout Catholic with a love for life. He made many novenas throughout his days and had a special relationship with St. Jude. Jim was classy and down to earth all in the same breath. He dressed in style, had a love of Oldsmobile cars and a fine taste for restaurants such as Doro's and Ernie's. But Jim also felt right at home at the Red Roof, Beep's or Guido's bar. He had a knack for connecting with people. Jim was known for his one-liners that doubled as zingers...yet he always got the smile. He loved to play pedro and poker. He was a huge Giants and 49ers fan regularly attending Sunday games at Candlestick with his cherished pals. Music was also one of his passions. He took great delight in the songs of Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini and Carlos Jobim. He had integrity and character and was well respected by anyone he met. His closeness to the Lord helped him through life even when he'd stumble. He always managed to get up.
Jim's greatest achievement and ultimate joy was his family, including his brother, Kenny, and his cousin, Mary, who predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Janina, and six children Elizabeth (Conrad) Corbett, Jay (Denise) Martin, Mary Margaret Martin, Katharine Martin, John Martin and Matthew Martin. He was Papa to ten grandchildren and great grandpa to one. He was also Uncle Jim to countless nieces and nephews. Many fond memories with Jim included summers at the Russian River, King's Beach, Easter brunch at the Palace, visits to Camp Curry Yosemite and See's Candies chocolate hearts on Valentine's Day. In the last 20 years of his life, Jim and his wonderful Jan had a special closeness having time to travel, enjoying weekends with "the Gang" at Lake Tahoe Chambers, and time with the grandkids and extended family. He will be greatly missed by all of those who were fortunate enough to know him. We love you, Dad!
A special thanks to Kaiser Martinez Hospice, Pat Hustedt of Kaiser So SF Home Health, and all of the devoted caregivers and aides who gave him dignity and grace to the end.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10:00 am, St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave. San Francisco.