July 20, 2005: Headlines: COS - Philippines: Obituaries: Ventura County Star: Philippines RPCV Martin David Ford dies in California

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Philippines RPCV Martin David Ford dies in California

Philippines RPCV Martin David Ford dies in California

After college, he and his wife, Marcia, served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines.

Philippines RPCV Martin David Ford dies in California

Martin David Ford

Ventura County Star
Ventura, Calif.
July 20, 2005

Martin David Ford, 54, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on July 13, 2005, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

Martin was born in Ventura on Feb. 6, 1951. He grew up in Ojai and graduated from Nordhoff High School in 1969. During his high school years, he worked in agriculture in the Ojai Valley. For one year he attended Ragely College in Colorado, where he acquired his private pilot's license. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in soil science. In San Luis Obispo, he was foreman for the initial planting of Edna Valley Vineyard. After college, he and his wife, Marcia, served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines. They then settled in Ventura, where Martin started a long and successful career in agriculture. He worked as an agricultural pest control advisor for Pacific Pest Control and then in 1980, he formed his own agricultural consultant business, Martin Ford Ag Services. The last five years he was employed by Tri Tech Ag Products, Camarillo.

Martin loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fly fisherman. He enjoyed water-skiing and snow-skiing, and many years of backpacking in the Sespe. Martin's passion for nature was only exceeded by his love for Marcia and Travis. His optimism and dedication to family and friends is a source of strength and comfort to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

Martin is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Marcia (Marks); son Travis; parents, Boyd and Maxine of Ojai; brother, Brian; sister-in-law, Tina; nephew Kevin; nieces Shelley and Cara of O'Fallon, Ill.; sister-in-law, Linda Ford; and many other loving family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Thacher School athletic field, 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to all the doctors and nurses who cared for Martin, as well as to their many friends for their generosity and loving support.

A scholarship has been established in memory of Martin through the Ojai Rotary Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 1036, Ojai, CA 93024. Cremation was under the direction of Ted Mayr Funeral Home.





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