John Preston Martin

August 24, 1938May 13, 2018

John Preston Martin was born on August 24, 1938, in Fresno, CA, to Clarence and Billie Martin. He pass- ed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018, sur- rounded by family.

In 1956, John graduated from Fresno High School. He married the love of his life, Janice MacDonald, in August of 1959. Together Jan and John started a family and settled in Clovis, CA. John worked in the plating business for 60 years and was the owner of Clovis Specialty Plating until his retirement in 2015.

Family was the most important part of John's life. He supported his wife, children, and grandchildren with unconditional love in all aspects of their lives.

He is survived by his wife Jan; his daughter, Jennifer Martin and wife Karen of Maryland; his son, John Patrick Martin and wife Connie of Clovis, CA; his son, Jason Martin and partner, Dan Houck II of Texas; his grandchildren, Marty Shay, and Hannah and Clay Martin; his sister, Judy Dake of Oregon; and a loving extended family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710, on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. A reception will follow at Campagnia Restaurant, 1185 E. Champlain Drive, Fresno, CA 93720, at 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Fresno Wesley Foundation; or the charity of your choice.

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Mike DeCarli

May 20, 2018

More than forty years ago, the Martins invited me into their home on many occasions. I was a young Clovis track and cross country coach and I was coaching their daughter, Jennifer. They even threw a birthday part for me once. I have thought of them often.

John asked me for the steps to my 1974 Chevy Silverado stepside pickup. I took them off and gave them to him trustingly. He brought them back days later - he had chromed them! I don't think I've ever gotten such a unique gift, and my truck looked very cool.

I have many fond thoughts of the Martin family, and I'm especially thinking of them now.

Mike DeCarli