Paul Vincent Martenson, a sales executive and a Darien resident since 2004, died at Greenwich Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Mr. Martenson, 87, was the husband of Carolyn Martenson.
Born on July 19, 1924, in San Francisco, he was the son of the late Walter and Rosella Dillon Martenson. He was raised in San Francisco and graduated from the St. Ignacious College Preporatory School.
Mr. Martenson then headed East to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1948. After serving in the Korean War, he settled in the Washington, D.C., area and married Carolyn Krieger of Baltimore in 1950.
Mr. Martenson worked as a sales executive at both Kaiser Aluminum and Litton Industries for many years and then joined the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, a division of the Department of Commerce, as an advisor for the last 10 years of his career.
Mr. Martenson will be remembered for his dry wit, great smile, and a deep love of his family and friends, they said. “He particularly enjoyed the company of his grandchildren in his later years. He was an avid Redskins fan, holding season tickets for over 40 years. He also regularly attended the home football games at the Naval Academy. Crossword puzzles, photography, and golf were favorite pastimes.”
Besides his wife of 61 years, Mr. Martenson is survived by two daughters, Mary M. Rooney and her husband, Bill, of Darien, and Katherine D. Appleton and her husband, Jonathan, of Cambridge, England; and 5 grandchildren.
A Mass of the Christian Burial was held at St. John R.C. Church on Tuesday, Jan. 17th. There will be a private family burial at Spring Grove Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to U.S.N.A. Association, Class of 1948, U.S.N.A. Alumni Association, 247 King George Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5068.