December 12, 2019
Richard Dale “Rick” Martin II, age, 62, of Pamona, California, a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Rick was born on August, 12, 1957 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville Ohio to his father, the late Richard Dale Martin and his mother, Mary Jo Henry Martin, who survives in Springfield. He was baptized on May 11, 1958 at the Dresden Methodist Church in Dresden, Ohio and attended Sunday school there. They lived in Dresden and Columbus until moving to Marysville when Rick was three. A 1975 graduate of Marysville High School, he went to Kent State University, majored in art, and was on the golf team. After attending Campus Crusade for Christ, he renewed his faith and transferred to Anderson University, a Christian liberal arts college. In a short amount of time, he majored in Psychology, minored in Religion, and graduated in 1979. Then Rick felt called to attend Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. He met his future wife, Carroll Vesely, at Christian Education events and Sunday night fellowship. He received his Masters of Divinity degree and was married the same weekend on June 18, 1983. Rick continued training to become a chaplain. They bought a home in West Covina, California and had two daughters, Emily and Paula. Richard was a chaplain at St Joseph’s Hospital in Orange for a few years but decided to change careers. He stayed home and took care of the girls. He took them to the bus, helped them with their homework, played soccer, and taught them golf. They started to regularly attend Walnut United Methodist Church in 1995 when the girls were four and five years old. He was always devoted, caring and loving to his family. They went to Ohio to visit his family often and took a vacation to Grand Canyon. Thankfully the Martins and the Veselys together became one family. Around the year 2002, Rick started to notice health issues such as extra movements and anxiety. Soon afterwards, he was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, the same illness combated by his Dad and sister, Tracy. Huntington’s Disease is a very slow progressing neurological disease. In 2010, it was decided that he would best be cared for at the nursing home, Park Avenue, in Pomona. His life was made better by the staff – LVN’s, CNA’s, Activities, and Physical Therapy personnel- who cared for him so well. Rick’s wife, Carroll, visited almost every day, reading devotionals, sharing about family, watching golf, talking, and praying together. Thankfully Rick always remembered his family. He appreciated his family coming every year to celebrate his birthday. He always brightened up when his Ohio family phoned. Richard is survived by his wife, Carroll; his daughters, Emily and Paula; his mother, Mary Jo Martin; his brother, Randall (Barbara) Martin; his sister, Tina Martin Knox; his nieces and nephews, Tasha (Phil), Riker, Erica, Nathan, Jerushia, Mackenzie, Jeremiah (Sarah), Zachary and Isaiah. In addition to his father, Rick was preceded in death by a sister Tracy. Rick will be missed greatly, but he is at peace and he is with the Lord. The family wishes to thank his family, caregivers at Park Avenue, and Vitas Hospice personnel who cared for him. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Huntington Disease Society of America (HDSA.org). Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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