WILLIAM (BILL) FRANK MARTIN
BSF, MD, CCFP
February 1, 1937 – April 2, 2015
Bill Martin lived his passions to his very last day: he walked his dogs in Kalamalka Park, practiced with his Counterpoint Choir tenors and with Vernon Community Singers, but fell while washing his beloved dog Mary.
Bill and his sisters, Jacquelyn Martin and Gayle Diehl, were born in Winnipeg to parents Nedra (Morris) and Jack Martin. Relocating to Vancouver in 1954, Bill graduated from Forestry at UBC in 1958, and moved to Prince George to work as a forester for Industrial Forest Service. He returned to UBC, graduated from Medicine in 1967, and opened his office as a family practitioner and GP Anaesthetist in Vernon on January 1, 1970.
Pat and Bill were married in Vancouver in 1964; son Ian was born in 1967 (died 1999); daughter Deborah was born in 1969. They moved to Martins’ Nest on Kal Lake in 1971.
Bill loved living in the Okanagan, enthusiastically sailing, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, running, mountain-climbing, agility dog-training, entertaining on his dock, barbecuing beef roasts, and ice-racing in his treasured Datsun 510’s. Recently, he enjoyed singing in his choirs, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and playing Bridge as much as possible.
If you are able, please visit Bill’s Bench in Kalamalka Lake Park to relax and enjoy the view. Also, drop by the Kalamalka Country Club to laugh, sing, and share stories of Bill’s life on Saturday, May 9th, 2pm – 5pm.
Pat and Deb wish to express their deep appreciation for the love and support they have received from family, friends, and past patients.
Bill’s favorite charity was Hospice House in Vernon.