Martin Burns
Martin Burns
  • August 22, 1927 - December 10, 2017
  • Hidden Hills, California

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This Earth is missing a one-of-a-kind soul. Dr. Martin Burns went Home December 10, 2017. He had many names while he was here - Marty, Dr., Doc, Dad, Pops . but his favorite was "Poppa" and so he shall be known.

Poppa lived an extraordinary and full life. A first generation American and the only child of Ana and Leon, immigrants fleeing religious persecution in Eastern Europe who came to this country with nothing, Poppa educated himself, became a dentist, served his country, served his patients, provided for his family and worked hard every day without fail, even when he could have sat back and let others do the job. He married Shirley (nee Siegel aka "Bubbie") in 1957 and the two of them shared an astonishing love most would never understand, a marriage, a friendship, and a partnership until Bubbie's death in 2004.

Bubbie and Poppa raised 5 children, Alexander, Alexis, Bradley, Daniel and Cindy. They shared the joys of 11 grandchildren, Melody, Michael, Joshua, Julie, Jacob, Daniel Jr. (DJ), Katelynn, Nicole, Anna Louise, Paul and "Baby" Dylan. Poppa was blessed to meet his 2 great-grandsons, Eric and Troy. Poppa shared a special, "beyond just family" friendship with his daughter-in-law, Pam.

When Bubbie died, Poppa found love again with Irene who, to her credit, managed to keep up with him every day and was there by his side until he took his last breath. Poppa was cheerleader, friend and mentor to Irene's sons, Toby and Chris.

Poppa loved to work and his brilliant mind never failed him. He grasped concepts within moments that took others a lifetime to learn. Although the fruits of his labors were abundant, as an amazing young woman once said about him, "Anyone who knows Poppa knows he doesn't care about money, he cares about the work."

Poppa loved to eat and broke more than one record at a number of restaurants that were foolish enough to offer him the challenge of finishing an enormous amount of food in a short time and he could get it for free. He liked free stuff. Poppa loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. Many a neighbor over the years would be startled to find him in the back yard dressing out his most recent prize. This past August, if you were on the 101 freeway North and got cut off by an 89-year old driving a 35 foot motor home, towing a Samurai, that was Poppa - nothing was going to stand in his way to get to "the ranch".

He leaves behind long-time friends who have seen him at his best and at his worst, but loved him just the same. His family is forever grateful for them.

Yes, Poppa went Home. The Earth will never be the same.
Celebration of his life - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks / Griffin Memorial Park
5600 Lindero Canyon Rd., Westlake Village, CA