Martin William McGarry, Jr. passed away peacefully Sunday, January 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas after a steady decline due to Alzheimer's. He was 88 years old.
Born July 13, 1928 in East Orange, New Jersey he was predeceased by parents Martin W. McGarry, Sr. and Florence Wicks McGarry as well as sister Barbara Ellen Attara. Marty graduated high school at 16 years of age and joined the Army at 17 which required his parents signed permission due to his young age. He went on to serve in the Air Force as a meteorologist conducting weather reconnaissance followed by college on the G.I. Bill, earning a Mathematics Degree from Seton Hall and a Civil Engineering Degree from Cal Berkeley.
In 1953 Marty married Dorothy Kovacevich and they had 47 wonderful years together before her death. He was happily married again to Marjorie Puckett for 4 years before her untimely death. Always believing in love and marriage, he met and married his new bridge opponent, Ruth Ann Coffey, after she gave him her "Yes". They shared 8 years together.
Marty enjoyed his work in the oil and gas industry. Having moved around the country at least a dozen times, from LA to NYC with several Texas stops in between, he concluded his career in Houston as VP of Gas and Gas Processing for Sohio Petroleum, later BP North America.
Duplicate bridge, travel and watching college basketball, especially the Cal Bears, were Marty's favorite past times. He was a devout Catholic, member of St. John Neumann Parish and the Knights of Columbus in Austin, Texas.
He was devoted to his 2 children, never missing a football or basketball game, wrestling or tennis match. He delighted in, and is survived by son, Marcus McGarry (Nickie) and daughter, Catherine Martinez (J.A. Pepe); as well as very proud of his 6 grandchildren: Max, Kaitlyn, Michael, Joseph, Michael and Theresa, all of Austin, Texas.
He is also survived by his loving wife, Ruth Ann Coffey McGarry; her 3 sons, Michael Coffey (Becki), Matt Coffey (Sandra) and Tim Coffey (Page); and her grandchildren, Lucas (Emily), Austin, Reese, Swayze and Durden, all of Austin, Texas.
Known for his heartwarming smile, three words that sum up Marty's life would be: faith-filled, good-natured and generous.
Special thanks to the Plaza staff at Querencia for their committed care of Marty these last 3 years.
A Memorial Mass and reception to follow will be held at St. John Neumann Parish on Friday, February 10 at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Querencia Scholarship Fund or the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease.