“Not all those who wander are lost.” –Tolkien
Born in Vallejo, Calif., Martin grew up on a walnut farm in Gordon Valley, attending Suisun Valley Elementary, Green Valley Middle School and graduating from Armijo High School in 1984.
He explored Europe as a high school student with AFS, and then toured the world in the Navy, earning a Bronze star during Desert Storm. A gifted linguist, he earned a coveted spot studying Russian at the Defense Language Institute at the end of the Cold War, and was fluent in German as well.
He was a lifelong learner, an avid reader of everything from sci-fi to the heartwarming stories of James Herriot. He had an entrepreneurial spirit, always with an idea. He loved new technology – an early user of CompuServe when the rest of us hadn’t yet heard of email.
He was a naturally talented baker and cook, creating masterpieces from whatever materials were on hand, rarely using a measuring cup to get there. He was a passionate photographer and never without a new joke to tell when he called home.
He was a happy wanderer. We’re comforted in knowing that he’s found what he was looking for.
He leaves behind a family who loves him: his mother, Aldean Sharp; his brothers and sisters-in-law Craig and Jessie, Mark and Georgia, and Dan and Amy. He loved his nieces and nephews – Christopher, Mary, Zackery, Andrew and Jakob. He is greeted home by his Dad, Melvin Sharp, and his nieces, Korry and Rachael.
He was a good man who left a unique mark on this world and those around him. We love him, we are proud of him and miss him.
Martin will be remembered in a short ceremony at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery at 3 p.m. Thursday Dec. 5, 2013, officiated by Capt. Jonathan Harvey of the Salvation Army, with the assistance of the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. If you knew Martin or simply want to honor a veteran, we invite you to join us.
In memory of Martin, consider making a donation or giving of your time to the Salvation Army or to a program that helps veterans.