Martin was the first ’67 classmate to die, I’m pretty sure. Many of us learned he’d died when we read his obituary in the old Santa Ana Register or heard about it when we came home from college for Thanksgiving vacation.
I wish I’d known Martin better to say more. I knew him exclusively from pickup basketball, football and baseball games at Nicolas Junior High and physical education at Sunny Hills. He loved sports, played them all well, and demonstrated good sportsmanship always.
We know in retrospect that Martin was already seriously ill his senior year, but preferred to keep that information to himself, to spare the pity of others, and out of consideration for us. We can add courage and kindness to his attributes.
Martin’s dad is 91 and lives in Apple Valley, CA. I don’t know about Mrs. Parsley.