Patrick Joseph Martin, 55, our “gentle giant,” a lover of life and long-time resident of Pacific Palisades, passed away on Monday, January 28, due to heart-related complications.
Patrick touched the hearts of everyone he met, and was always quick with a joke or ready with a hand to help out. People would always walk away feeling happier after each interaction with him. Patrick was such a well known figure around town that at every turn he could run into a familiar face and a friend.
In his youth, Patrick was a talented and committed baseball player and coach. His love of baseball carried him from early days at little league in the park to being named the captain of the baseball team at Pali, and he was later accepted into the American Legion League.
Though his love of baseball endured, he ultimately decided to forego his baseball dreams and instead become one of the most talented roofers in the neighborhood—his expertise and guidance were sought after by many.
When Patrick’s father, Joseph Martin, tried to teach him to ride a bike, Patrick was immediately speeding down the street before the lesson included how to stop or slow down. This was a foreshadowing for the rest of his life.
The Palisades served as an ideal environment for Patrick. He was always drawn to the outdoors—paddle boarding, biking and being near the ocean whenever possible were the things that drove him.
He is survived by his wife, Karen (Samantha and Russell); his children, Meghan and Sean (mother Julie Munn). He is also survived by his parents, Joseph and Victoria of Pacific Palisades, as well as his three siblings: Dennis, Judy (Devin) and Suzanne.
He demonstrated a devotion to his beloved wife, Karen, and befriended nearly every person he met. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to one of the following causes: Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homeless (pptfh.org) and Opioid—Drug Policy Alliance (drugpolicy.org).
A memorial mass will be held Friday, February 15, at 1 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church.