He was born on March 16, 1946, to Robert and Betty Martin. He lived during his childhood in Palo Alto, where his father owned T & H Building Supply, a lumber yard on Alma Street, for 30 years. Galen graduated in 1964 from Palo Alto High School, where he played on the football team as a defensive lineman.
He went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. After graduating from medical school, he served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Tonga.
Upon returning, he became a family practice physician, working in Fortuna, California, before moving and practicing in Grass Valley, California. He was a doctor for over four decades.
He was predeceased by his father, Robert Martin. He is survived by his wife, Janine Martin of Nevada City, California; his mother, Betty Martin of Auburn, California; his children, Case, Wes and Angela; and his grandchildren, Ryder and Lucas. He is also survived by his sisters, Ann Allen of Los Gatos and Claudia Snow of Rocklin, California; his brother, Tom Martin of Chico, California; nieces, Amy, Liz and Carrie; and nephews, Tom and Andy.
A celebration of life service is being planned for this spring. Those interested in making a memorial donation should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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