John Joseph Martin III

John has been a wonderful person: a caring father, husband, brother, son, boss, and friend. On October 10th, 2020 John entered home hospice care due to his ongoing battle with Glioblastoma. Please share any stories, memories, or photos that you would like, and we will be reading them to him daily over the next few days, if not weeks, as we continue our long goodbye. Feel free to reach out to Nikki (206-240-1509) or Jane (206-240-4757) if you would like to stop by to see John or give him a call


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John Joseph Martin III

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Jo Cohlmeyer

October 21, 2020

JJ is succinct, a great friend, bridge partner and occasional boss.
His New Haven Country Day had students rewrite their daily essays using half the words. Peggy Murray ...... WWJW.
John migrated west, became a surveyor in Alaska and got his CE license. His clear thinking surely allowed a quick advance to lead airfield design at TRA while gently overseeing a bright young staff .
John loves our waters. With guidance from Mark Kabush John built and maintained three beautiful wood boats in his garage. A four person cabined sailboat for the Sound, a beautiful rowboat for winter hours on Lake Union, and an flat bottomed 1840 Boston Whaler precursor sailboat design for summer evenings.

Roger Matthews

October 20, 2020

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John Yarnish

October 19, 2020

Having worked together for more than 30 years I have lots of good lessons that I learned from you and many happy memories of our times together. One stands out. A trip we took to Whitefish Montana for a NWAAAE Conference. Remember the drive we took through Glacier Park. I was scared sh*^less with the way the road dropped off on my side of the car.
Recall the stop we made along the creek where the Momma Grizzly was on the other side watching us. The hairs on the back of my neck stuck out that day I can tell you.
Later I got to meet the legendary Kabush and we stayed up late, having a drink(s), swapping stories (lies) and generally having a good time.
That is a memory that was a good adventure.

Jim Young

October 18, 2020

Sonia and I first got to know you in '94 when we came to Seattle to join the Ben Gurion team. You and I have worked together on projects from Bellingham to San Diego, to Raleigh-Durham, to Tel Aviv. All of those projects benefitted from your skill and knowledge and steady presence. But it has been your kindness and generosity, and your ability to have fun and always keep a sense of perspective that have made you an absolute treasure as a colleague. I'm very grateful for all the chances I've had to work with you. Both Sonia and I send our love and positive thoughts to you and your family.
Best Regards,
Jim & Sonia Young

Paul Benefield

October 17, 2020

It has been my privilege to know you and work with you for many years at URS on major projects. You are regarded as an expert in Airfield Civil Engineering and are highly respected for your work and opinions. When we were able to provide our services to other Prime Consultants, I was happy to promote your services, and happier yet for the feedback of their satisfaction with your services and knowledge, and your ability to command respect in multidisciplinary working groups.
I have always admired you steady temperament in projects where the many governmental entities in control conflicted or were at cross purposes with the airline clients, but you always were able to work very well with all the groups and produce good results.
God Bless You, John
Your colleague ,
Paul Benefield

Barry Dubin

October 17, 2020


All of your TD friends are thinking of you

I loved the photo Yogi posted of our stay at EE Browns in Nassau on Spring Break our Senior Year - your smile says it all

gina franco

October 16, 2020


You were always such a pleasure to work with. You were so patient, kind, and supportive. I learned so much from you but it was your smile and laugh that I will cherish the most. Thank you for being you and making my life better.


Daniel Tauber

October 16, 2020

I met John in 2003 when I joined URS as a senior aviation architect. I felt a bit like one of the in-laws in this big family of folks who had worked together for many years, going all the way back to TRA. But John made me feel welcome. He’s always been a great guy, jovial, friendly and approachable. He is very supportive of the junior professionals on his projects and gives them great coaching and opportunities to learn and grow. He taught me, an architect, a lot about airport civil work (making me a better architect). From him, I also learned about project management, and how to deal with the company’s corporate bureaucracy. I have fond memories of working with him on the San Diego airport RON project, when he was the AECOM PM. I am lucky to count him among my mentors during my career. Thank you John, for all you’ve done for me, including teaching me the term “gunkholing”.

Brent Bagley

October 16, 2020

I've known you for over 20 years, 10 years working with you. I've been fortunate to have worked for you, because not only were you my boss and mentor, but you were always a good friend. You are one of the kindest people I've known and it was hard leaving URS knowing I would no longer be working for you. I always enjoyed hearing about your fun sailing trips and I was honored when you asked me to draft up a sail for your boat. You've been such an important part of my life, which I'll always be grateful for. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brent and Family

Allan Lampa

October 16, 2020

It was always a pleasure working for you and being part of the airports civil group. Thank you for all your advice, for your encouragement, for always being positive and caring. For reminding me to enjoy life and my family. I have a lot of wonderful memories working with you and the team and have learned so much from you. Thank you!


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