After a recent stroke, William Lewis"Bill" Martin, 73, passed away December 26, 1998. He is survived by his spouse of 49 years, Barbara; and their four children, William Lewis, Jr. of Washington, D.C., George Ross of Balikpapan, Indonesia, Amy Hollister of Albuquerque and Samuel Andrew of Sunnyvale, CA. As a native Virginian, Bill entered the Army Air Force during World War II and flew B-17 combat missions with the 364th Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group. Upon returning from the war, he completed his undergraduate degree at Marshall University. In 1951, he received his graduate degree with honors in Business Management from the University of California at Los Angeles. Bill and Barbara located to Albuquerque shortly thereafter where he began his distinguished career in various roles at Sandia National Laboratories as an Operations Manager. After nearly 40 years of services, he retired in February of 1991. During his retirement, Bill participated in the 305th Bombardment Group Association and their annual reunions, hosting the national event in Albuquerque in 1996. He and Barbara also enjoyed traveling the world. In addition to taking a cruise around the world, they visited international destinations that included Siberia, Europe, China, and South America. Services were held on December 31st at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe. The honorary pallbearers were Lewis Martin, George Martin, Sam Martin, Roscoe Williams, Richard Donovan and Charles Kruger. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
Published on: Sun January 03, 1999