In Memoriam: Jerry Martinez, DC, ND

Jerry G. Martinez, DC, ND

(September 11, 1926 – February 19, 2012)

Dr. Jerry G. Martinez passed peacefully from this world on Sunday morning February 19, 2012. He was a long term member and past president of the WANP, a faculty member of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine who helped keep the school alive in Seattle, and the first Chairman of the Board of the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. Martinez grew up in Miami with his younger twin sisters, Gert and Marianna. He graduated from high school early to join the Army to fight in WWII. He received the Purple Heart and painful field promotion from PFC to Sergeant when his unit suffered heavy losses in Germany. He loved to ride on the tanks, and could not understand why anyone would go on a hike for pleasure.

Dr. Jerry G. Martinez passed peacefully from this world on Sunday morning February 19, 2012. He was a long term member and past president of the WANP, a faculty member of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine who helped keep the school alive in Seattle, and the first Chairman of the Board of the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine…

On redeployment to the Pacific Northwest, he met and married Elizabeth Villa Parmelee, the love of his life. They moved to Chicago to attend National College of Chiropractic and National College of Drugless Physicians. They they started a family, and after he graduated they returned to start his practice in Seattle, and then Fall City.

Dr. Martinez practiced for nearly forty years on the Eastside of Seattle. He was a mentor to many. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND, remembers with deep respect his experience of shadowing Dr. Martinez in his practice and describes him as one of the “special, selfless people who kept our medicine alive during the dark ages.”

He was an avid reader and his hobbies included scuba diving, photography, boating, golfing and woodworking. He and Villa also enjoyed square dancing, ballroom dancing and camping with their children and friends.

He is preceded to his heavenly reward by his wife of 64 years, Villa, and survived by his sisters Gert and Marianna, his daughters Pam and Penny, his sons Jerry (and wife Rosemary), John (and wife Kathy), and Robert (and wife Frances) and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed.

Submitted by Robert Martinez, DC, ND

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