Martin Hendrick Francis

August 10, 1930April 24, 2019

Martin H. Francis, 88, of South Glastonbury, passed away unexpectedly, after a brief illness, on April 24th, 2019. He was born August 10th, 1930 in Waterford CT, to the late Hilda Moe and George Francis. He attended Trinity College, graduating in 1948. Shortly after which, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served, into the 1950's. He previously lived in Hartford CT, before settling in South Glastonbury in 1956, where he lived for 63 years. He went on to become a professor at Trinity and Central Connecticut State College, teaching Geology and Astronomy, till he retired in 1987. Martin was a patron of the arts and enjoyed history, science and photography. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and was a long time member of The Sons of Norway Hartford Lodge. Although he has no surviving family, Martin leaves a small number of close friends and a large number of acquaintances, who will miss his sense of humor and remember him fondly. A period of visitation will be held 12pm-1:30pm on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at The Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tpke., Glastonbury, CT. 06033. A memorial service will follow immediately at 1:30pm at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will conclude services in Old Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to: Save the Children, Protectors of Animals or The Wounded Warrior Project.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 15, 2019


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Philip L. Dombrowski

May 5, 2019

Marty was not only an excellent teacher at CCSU but also a dear friend. He was very well versed in the earth sciences and especially enjoyed pronunciation of scientific processes especially in their native German tongue. I have seen Marty when he was enjoying breakfast at nearby Flynns restaurant. He would park his motor scooter, a three wheeler, out front. I will miss Marty and his unique personality but I will fondly remember his unique character and our shared friendship.