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Obituary for Katherine Susan "Kathy" Martin
Katherine Susan "Kathy" Martin Jan. 22, 1929 - Nov. 19, 2016
Katherine Martin, a long-time resident of the Brookings area, died Saturday morning, the 19th of November, at Sutter Coast Hospital.
Born in 1929 in Bismarck, North Dakota, Kathy, along with her older brother Chris Peter Martin and parents, Johanna and Chris Martin, later relocated to the greater Los Angeles area.
She earned a Bachelor of Education from California State Los Angeles (CSLA), later continuing her education at CSLA, where she earned a master's in Education. Kathy taught K-8th grade in the Pasadena School District, later working her way to principal.
She is remembered for her organizational skills, influential teaching techniques and her innate ability to bring out the very best in her teachers.
Kathy was an avid swimmer. She later became a lifeguard and is best known for receiving the Carnegie Medal for saving the lives of two girls drowning off Leucadia Beach in Southern California.
Kathy, as she was fondly remembered, retired early and moved to Northern California in 1986, later transitioning to Brookings.
She loved gardening, camping and socializing with many dear friends. She loved, most of all, her many canine companions and was a supporter and champion of the local Humane Society.
Kathy is preceded in death by her brother Dr. Chris Martin and dear friend Marie Nichta.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Betty Jo, six nephews and nieces, and many dear friends throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Memorial gifts may be made to South Coast Humane Society, P.O. Box 7833, Brookings, OR 97415.
A service will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Capella by the Sea in Azalea Park in Brookings. Reception immediately following.