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John Martins

March 24, 1939 ~ August 27, 2021 (age 82)

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An Electrical Engineer employed by the United States Navy, John Martins had a love of life that didn’t end with his death. On August 27th, 2021, John passed away at the age of 82, after a challenging battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest. 

After serving in the US Airforce, John completed his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Connecticut, all while raising a family. He managed an Arctic Sonar Program as a civilian engineer with the US Navy, including a historic triple submarine-surfacing at the North Pole. As a significant highlight of his career, John served as the science advisor to the admiral of the Atlantic Submarine Force. John was known for his voracious curiosity that extended beyond his career as an engineer. His loving wife of 58 years, Estella, notes that he’s still the only person she’s ever met that would read an encyclopedia for fun. John was even known to entertain with his impromptu scientific demonstrations at social gatherings. 

In his retirement, John moved from East Lyme, Connecticut, to live at the Sea Ranch Club of Boca Raton, Florida. There, he served as a devoted Board Director for several years. John enjoyed cooking and eating delicious food with his family, growing fruits and vegetables on his balcony, traveling with his beautiful and loving wife, and photographing his grandchildren’s various sporting and educational events. John is survived by his wife Estella; daughter Karen (husband Anthony); son John Kenneth (wife Karen Ann); grandsons John Benjamin, Michael, and Christian; granddaughters Kelly and Julia; and brother Ray (wife Linda). He is predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Courville. Numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, an aunt Irene Hurley, and countless friends were all special to John. 


Memorial mass: St. Vincent’s Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach this Friday, September 3rd, at 11 am.  To watch the live stream of the Memorial Mass please click the following link

Celebration of Life: it will be held after the mass. Please get in touch with a member of the family for more details. 

Please donate in John’s name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in place of any gifts or flowers. The link to donate is!/donation/checkout


Memorial Mass
September 3, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church
840 George Bush Blvd
Delray Beach, Florida 33483

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