Dave Maertins, age 72
Longtime Kenwood resident David C. Maertins passed away Feb. 8, 2014, in Crossville, Tenn., at the age of 72. He was born on Feb. 13, 1941, in Richmond, California, where he was raised, graduating from Richmond High School in 1959. He was the youngest of four children, known to his mother as “Baby Davey.” He went to work for the State of California Health Department, Safeway Stores, and then for American Hardware Mutual Insurance Company for 31 years, specializing in insuring independent hardware stores, furniture stores and other small businesses. His first territory for American Hardware was in the Sacramento area. When his territory expanded to the Oregon border, around 1972, he moved to Kenwood.
Dave immersed himself in the Kenwood community, primarily through the fire department. He was first a volunteer fireman and later became a member of the Fire Department’s Board of Directors for 28 years before retiring to Crossville, Tenn., in 2001.
His daughter Cindy remembers him staying up late to dig the holes to set up for the Kenwood Pillow Fights. “It was the highlight of our summer. We had a large group of friends in Kenwood that were more like family. We shared many holidays with BBQs and dinners with neighbors, family and anyone who showed up. The door was always open and there was always room at the table for one more.”
The sight of Dave walking his dog Baxter through the village was a familiar one for many people, and he would stop and visit owners of local stores, including Duke and Bonnie at the Kenwood Market. He loved fishing, and owned a boat with his brother Bill for a while. He was an avid Giants and 49ers fan and would take his friends and his grandson, Andrew, to see the games. He always enjoyed a card game that floated around the community on weekends.
Dave is survived by his wife of 30 years, Marla Maertins; daughter Cynthia Ozkaya (Umit) of Arlington, Virginia; son Jefferey Maertins of Santa Rosa; grandchildren Andrew Ozkaya of Washington, DC, Lucy Ozkaya of Santa Rosa, and Emily and Nicholas Mandell of Windsor; stepdaughter Ragen Mandell (Kevin), and stepsons Doug and Jim Parsons, all of Santa Rosa; brother Neal Maertins (Judy) of North Carolina; sister Laurel Alexander (William) of Castro Valley; and sister-in-law Shirley Jarner of Crossville, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Claudia Maertins, brother William Maertins, and his parents Harold and Florence Maertins.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1461 Sparta Highway, Crossville, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.