Martin R. "Marty" Hope, 80, died July 18, 2012. He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on February 19, 1932, to Martin and Anna Hope. He was number three of four boys, and attended Holy Family grade school and Cardinal Hayes High School.
He joined the Navy during the Korean War and became an avionics technician with VF-73 in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and sailed aboard the Tarawa, Midway and Coral Sea aircraft carriers. In 1954 he married Margaret O'Donnell and they moved to California where he received an electronics engineering degree from Cal Poly (California Polytechnic University).
His first job out of college was with Douglas Aircraft in the missile division in Huntington Beach, CA, where he designed circuits for the Saturn II that was used for the moon landing. He liked to joke that he was a rocket scientist. In 1967 he joined American Airlines as an avionics systems engineer and retired in 1992 after 25 years of service.
Marty loved hunting and fishing, tinkering with cars, wood working, DIY home improvements and building things. His last project was to build a 10-inch Dobson telescope. Ironically, this was also a first project in 1950s California.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Donald and Jack. He is survived by his brother Tom and sister-in-law Jean of Sag Harbor, N.Y.; his wife Margaret; son Marty, daughter-in-law Alison and grandson Fletcher of Allen, TX; daughter Heather, son-in-law Chris Hernandez and granddaughter Maggie.
Memorial services will be held 2 pm, Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 631 N. Denver. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.
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