Glen Martin

In Memoriam of
Glenn Martin

May 10, 1956 – December 31, 2023

In Memoriam of Glenn Martin

After a 24-year journey with young-onset Parkinson’s Disease, Glenn, surrounded by his loving family, bid farewell to a world that has been made far better by his presence. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended the Bronx High School of Science and continued his collegiate studies in philosophy at SUNY Albany, where he met his devoted wife Karen. Together, they traveled across the country and made a home in California, where Glenn earned his law degree at the University of San Francisco.

From the time of his admission to the State Bar in 1981 and throughout his career, Glenn was a passionate advocate for his clients and a gifted mediator, whose talent for understanding and communication helped to resolve seemingly intractable conflicts, garnering praise from both opposing counsel and the judiciary. A founding partner of the Redwood City law firm of Howard Rome Martin & Ridley LLP, he was greatly loved and admired by his colleagues for his good humor, courtesy, grace and professionalism.

In 2006, he was honored with the James M. Dennis Memorial Award, which is presented “in recognition of the attorney whose courage and determination, even in the face of adversity, contributes significantly to justice in the community and raises the ethical standards of the San Mateo County Bar Association.”

However, Glenn’s most enduring legacy was the ceaseless love and compassion he bestowed upon his family and friends. He was a pillar of kindness and strength for so many whose lives have been indelibly touched by his gentle counsel, his warm embrace, and infectious laugh. The light that shone throughout his life will never be extinguished.

He is survived by his wife Karen, son Jeffrey, daughter Amanda, son-in-law David, beloved granddaughters Sophia and Lilah, mother Edith, brother Steven, sister-in-law Cindy, and many cherished cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and colleagues.