Robert V. Martz, beloved pastor and friend to all he met, ended his journey here on earth on August 1, 2019. He was 87 years old. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio to parents Fred and Marjorie Martz, he knew by the time he was in high school that he wanted to be a pastor. While attending the College of Wooster he met his wife, Shirley, with whom he shared sixty five years of marriage. They have two children, Robert Dean (Joyce) in Spokane, WA and Mary Jane Hee (John) in Mesa, AZ.
After completing his Masters of Divinity degree at McCormick Theological Seminary, Bob was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in Lincoln, NE in 1957 where he served his first congregation. He believed in following God’s call to serve which led him to minister to congregations in Santa Ana and Pasadena, CA, Mesa, AZ, Fort Collins, CO, Sun City, AZ. and as interim pastor in Honolulu, HI. Following that same spirit of call he briefly served churches in Hana, Maui, HI, Sitka, AK, St. Andrews, Scotland, Arrowtown, New Zealand and preached in the American Church in Paris, France.
Bob’s greatest joy was facilitating the growth/success of others. He was truly a servant leader, he was both innovative and inclusive in his ministry.
Gpa will be missed by Malia and Cameron Hee and Julie (Omar)and Grace Martz and Dale Kearney his grandkids.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held September 28 at 10:30AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Mesa at 161 N Mesa Drive.