S. Alan Martinson, 83 While Horse Village, Newtown Square, PA
S. Alan Martinson ("Al"), formerly of Upper Providence, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 3rd at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA. He had been vacationing with his loving wife, Marlyn, in nearby Williamsburg. Marlyn and his son, Brian, were grateful to be with him during his final peaceful moments. Al was born in Fargo, ND, in 1930. He was the son of Selmer Martinson and Marjorie May Martinson (née Campbell) of Clinton, MN, and had two sisters, Joyce and Kathryn, whom he cherished. His family moved frequently during the Depression until they eventually settled in Duluth, MN. Al always considered Duluth his hometown and especially loved its view of Lake Superior. He frequently returned there with his family to visit his mother, Marjorie, and his loving sister, Joyce and her family.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) with a degree in chemical engineering, he married Bernice D. Johnson of Barrett, MN, in 1953. After a brief stint in the Army they moved to the greater Philadelphia area and settled in Upper Providence where they raised their son, Brian. Al worked for DuPont (Wilmington, DE) his entire professional career. He was an early pioneer in computer science and helped his company forge new ways to use this new technology to improve business operations and performance. He authored many papers, book chapters, and a book on operations research and the use of computers in business management.
Al was happily married to Bernice Johnson for 41 years until her death in 1994. Upon her passing he was lucky enough to find love again with Marlyn. They were married in 1996 and were devoted to each other for 17 years until the end.
Al was an interesting and intriguing man. He was full of life, ideas, opinions and energy, and had an unbridled enthusiasm to learn new things his entire life. His son, Brian, always remembers his father with a book in hand and pen/paper close by to jot down new things he had learned and wanted to remember and share. He loved to travel and ventured the globe with camera and pen in hand to document his excursions (e.g., China, India, Europe, Scandinavia, Russian, S. America, Australia, and Africa). After major trips, he often wrote a detailed narrative of his adventure and presented slide shows to anyone who might be interested in learning about the places he visited. He was also a kind, generous and helpful man to a wide circle of friends and colleagues. He was devoted to his church and White Horse Village, and was an active leader in many local government and community organizations. For many years he served as an advocate for battered and abused women (and men) in the Delaware County Court system. He also helped organize and write a well-regarded history of Upper Providence, and authored many narrative genealogies on the Martinson, Johnson and Campbell families.
His wife, Marlyn Martinson; his son, Brian, of Stow, MA; and his older sister Joyce Mickelson of Duluth, MN, survive him. Two loving grandchildren, Max and Nils Martinson, and daughter-in-law, Christhild Uhl, also survive him. Al was a beloved uncle among his many nieces and nephews including: Diane Bailey, Rick Mickelson, Kitty Hoden, Jerry Jacobson, Leann and Stuart Johnson, Julie Flaherty, Steve and Tom Wolinski, and Michael Ferguson. Marlyn's children and grandchildren were also an important part of his life, especially her three daughters Sally McCay, Carole McCay and Joanne Thomas and their many children and family members.
Funeral services will be held on Oct. 18th (Friday) at 11:00am at Reformation Lutheran Church 102 West Rose Tree Road, Meida, Pa. 19063 Please join us in celebrating Al Martinson's life. Al's family requests that contributions be made in his name to his church.