Note: N6803 TRIBUTE TO FLOYD LEONARD GABRIEL MARTIN FROM HIS SONS, WAYNE & DUANE � FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1994 Floyd was born on November 21, 1909, in Ceresco, Nebraska, and died in Alhambra, California on December 8, 1994. He was 85 at the time of his death. He lived a long and blessing-filled life. He married Leora Emma Grauberger on June 27, 1933 and she died on their 51st Wedding Anniversary (June 27, 1984). They had a very special loving relationship. Wayne and Duane are their twin sons. He married his second wife, Annie Yar Ching Hsu, on October 10, 1985 and was married to her until her death on November 4, 1991. The Lord blessed his last 2-1/2 years by providing Marylear Reed Sherrill as his wife on June 13, 1992. They also had a very happy, caring and special relationship based upon mutual admiration, friendship and love. Marylear�s son�s, Ben and Ken and their families, readily welcomed Floyd and his sons into their families. Floyd was a Science and Math Teacher at Mark Keppel High School for 27 years. His favorite class was Physiology and he taught 6 classes of Physiology a day for several years. Wayne was fortunate to have been one of his Physiology students. Several of his former students came back to tell him that they had found college Physiology easy because their high school course had been taught at the college level. He obtained a Master�s Degree in Botany from Claremont Graduate School and his name appears in the Botany text book, "California Flora" by Philip A. Munz. Floyd was an expert on a shrub tree that grows in the foothills of the California mountains called, "Cercocarpus" or "Mountain-Mahogany," and he named several species of that plant. When the family would visit the mountains or desert, Floyd would spend hours in the field, viewing the flowers through his 10 power magnifying lens and identifying them in his Botany book. He used to collect samples of each plant, and come home and press them for safe keeping. He also took excellent flower pictures and showed them to various church and community groups. He gave Wayne and Duane a love for nature, and a sense of awe toward all living things. Duane enjoys backpacking and still remembers some of the constellations that Floyd taught him. When hiking, the names of plants still pop into his head from the lessons Floyd taught him. Floyd was a very active and supportive dad. In order for his boys to have a scouting experience, he started the elementary school�s Cub Pack and became the Cub Master, while Leora became their sons� Den Mother. When Wayne and Duane were teenagers, their family took two very long summer trips. They visited relatives in Colorado, and then camped in various national parks in the United States and Canada. They visited each park long enough to take Ranger hikes and attend camp fire lectures on plants, animals and geology. Floyd�s own dad had died before he was three, so he made sure that he spent quality time with his sons. Floyd was always available to assist his sons with their studies, and there was never any question that they would attend and complete college. Floyd had an affinity for languages. He learned Latin and used it extensively in his study of Botany. When Wayne and Duane were taking Spanish in High School, Floyd and Leora both took Spanish at night school so that their sons could practice it at home. When Wayne took German, Floyd and Leora took German so that they could assist him. And years later after marrying Annie, he learned Mandarin Chinese so that he could better communicate with Annie�s friends. During Floyd�s most recent stays in the hospital, he spoke English, Chinese and Spanish with the nurses. Floyd played several instruments for his own enjoyment including the violin, harmonica, accordion, and the piano. He was thrilled when Wayne became a music major in high school and college, and became a church organist and music teacher. Floyd faithfully attended Wayne�s school and church music programs. Floyd enjoyed chess, tennis, table tennis, horse shoes and pool. He could usually beat his sons in whatever game he played. While at Mark Keppel High School, he was the advisor for the Chess Club and the Stretcher Crew. At Claremont Manor, he played competitive games of chess and pool. In all of the years that his sons played Chess with him, Duane only won one game, and that may have been connived. He taught his sons how to play tennis and table tennis and how to put English on the ball, and Duane got so that he could beat his father in table tennis. But Floyd almost always won the horse-shoe games by throwing ringer after ringer, and usually won in pool as well. Floyd enjoyed making and fixing things, including his car. Fortunately, both of his sons inherited that ability to create and repair things. The summer between the boy�s eighth and ninth grades, Floyd and his sons excavated under the house and made a game room. Floyd lived through very difficult times and through very significant changes in technology. His father died before he was three. He traveled with his mother and siblings from Nebraska to homestead in Colorado by stage, train and horse-drawn wagon. In Colorado, he lived in a one-room dirt floored "soddy," and then a one-room wood shack. Their house was heated by burning "prairie coal" (cow chips). When he was 14 he traveled to Gunnison Colorado by covered wagon. Fortunately for their sons and grandchildren (Laura, Jeffrey, Debbie and Pamela), both Floyd and Leora published their early experiences and genealogies in very entertaining autobiographies. Floyd experienced the transition from the one-room school house to the 2500 student campus, from the horse and buggy to the automobile and motor home, from the primitive airplane to man�s walk on the moon, from hooks and buttons to zippers and safety pins, from hand-cranked telephones to modern cellular phones, from crystal radios to color televisions, computers and CD�s. Rapid changes in medicine such as open-heart bypass surgery and eye lens implants improved the quality and longevity of his life. He taught radar as a civilian to the Army Air Force, and as an enlisted man to the Navy. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1945 and opened a radio repair shop in La Verne, California. Floyd had a strong faith in Jesus Christ. He was the Church Custodian at the La Verne Methodist Church where his sons earned their bicycles by mowing the Church lawns. At the First United Methodist Church of Monterey Park he assumed several leadership positions including Chairperson of the Administrative Council and Money Counter. He and Leora made sure that Wayne and Duane attended Church and Youth Fellowship and participated in the Church Choir. Wayne and Duane�s Church Choir experience started in the Third Grade. Duane and Wayne both obtained their love of music from Floyd and Leora. Because of Floyd�s love for life and learning, he remained mentally young. His mind was clear and sharp to the end. He had a sense of humor and a sweet, positive disposition. Even when he was near death in the hospital, he was a pleasant, positive and appreciative patient. In an open letter to his sons, Floyd stated, "Do not mourn my death. I am ready to pursue my genealogical studies in the place where I can find all the answers, rejoin the loved ones who preceded me, and get acquainted or reacquainted with those ancestors, other relatives and friends who have reached that blessed place! However, I cannot share the results of such investigations with you until you join me, which time I hope will not come soon." Dad, we love you very much and will miss you greatly. We celebrate your life and the love and heritage that you have given us and our families.
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