Philip G. Martin

Data processing chief for the state comptroller's office

April 02, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Philip G. Martin, who spent nearly four decades in the computer industry and had been data processing chief for the state comptroller's office, died March 19 of complications from muscular dystrophy at his Pasadena home. He was 77.

Mr. Martin, the son of farmers, was born and raised in Quinter, Kan.

He attended a one-room school in the rural west Kansas farming community and earned a bachelor's degree in music education in 1954 from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan.

Mr. Martin taught music education in Texas for a year before enlisting in 1956 in the Army, where he received computer training.

He spent two years at the Army Intelligence Center at Fort Holabird before being discharged in 1958, when he went to work in the fledgling computer industry.

When Mr. Martin began his career, it was during the era of punch cards and large computers such as UNIVAC.

From 1970 until 1995, when he retired, he was director of data processing for the state comptroller's office. After retiring, he was a consultant to the state's registrar of wills.

He enjoyed photography and was an avid bowler, golfer and fisherman.

The longtime Pasadena resident was a member of the Galilee Lutheran Church.

Services were held March 23.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, the former Sharon Marudin; a son, Philip M. Martin of Chicago; four brothers, Matthias Martin of Tucson, Ariz., James Martin of Dodge City, Kan., Marvin Martin of Denver and Merlin Martin of Mountain View, Calif.; and a sister, Leanna Wylie of Quinter.

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