Last Updated: January 6, 2012


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It is with deep sadness that AC Martin shares the news of the passing of one of our own, Patrick McDonald Martin, on January 3, 2012, at the age of 35, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Patrick, an AC Martin Associate and Board Member for the past 11 years, was a sixth generation Californian and fourth generation architect, working as a true team member at the firm his great-grandfather founded 106 years ago. Patrick received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2000 from the University of Southern California, the alma mater of many Martin family members. It was also at USC that he met his classmate and future wife, Danielle Halter. Patrick was a much-admired model of the complete professional, and he lived and breathed the core values of the firm - Craft, Integrity and Professional Responsibility. He was a consummate learner and had boundless curiosity about every aspect of the design and construction industry that he loved so much. Even before he graduated, he interned at the Smith Emery Testing Lab to learn about building material strengths. Immediately after graduation, he joined Togawa and Smith in Pasadena working with his life-long friend, Tim Smith and alongside design partner Glenn Togawa. Patrick worked on numerous mixed-use projects, expanding his knowledge with wide-ranging experience in a variety of construction types.

Patrick joined his family's firm, AC Martin, in the fall of 2001. He worked on several of the firm's most challenging projects, eagerly gaining experience on every phase of the project. He delved deeply into the project details, bringing his inquisitive mind into discussions with other staff members so that they understood the mission of the client and the intent of the design. Promoted to Associate in 2005 for displaying extraordinary leadership skills, he became a Licensed Architect in 2007 and a LEED Accredited Professional in 2008.

With his generous spirit and the firm belief in giving back, Patrick became a Board Member for the University of Southern California Architectural Guild in 2010, volunteering his time to the organization that serves as the primary support group for the School of Architecture. A Licensed Private Pilot, Patrick loved flying and worked with his father, Chris Martin to design and construct a high performance, experimental aircraft. The culture of the family for generations has been hands-on building, which Patrick, Chris, his grandfather J. Edward Martin, his brother Jeff, mother Jeanette and sister Colleen fully embraced, spending numerous hours building log cabins in the mountains, race cars, jeeps and airplanes. Patrick was also an officer and board member of the Yosemite Mountain Ranch in the Sierras.

Patrick lived life to the fullest with infectious exuberance. He tackled every aspect of his life, including his illness, with determined resolution and optimism.

For all of us who were so blessed to have known and worked with him, Patrick's passing leaves a huge gap in our lives. Even more than his professional accomplishments, he will be missed for the person he was - inquisitive, imaginative, committed, enthusiastic and generous. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Danielle, and their children, Thomas and William.

In lieu of flowers, charitable gifts can be made to the Patrick Martin Memorial Fund at the USC School of Architecture, c/o Dottie O'Carroll, Watt Hall 204, Los Angeles, California 90089-0291; or in memory of Patrick Martin to the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation,

Contact: Donna Clandening, AC Martin

Last updated: 11-Dec-2012 10:15 PM
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