Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Obituary

Martin B. Artellan

Submitted by Gary Carlsen ~ September 4, 2007

Monterey Peninsula Herald
December 3, 1983


Martin B. Artellan, a popular Monterey Peninsula musician, died Friday at Community Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 61.

A native of Monterey, he was born Oct 16, 1922.

His grandfather came to the Monterey area from France.

Mr. Artellan, who was also known as Marty, was an accordionist, and played for many local functions. He also conducted a number of accordion bands for children over the years.

In 1974 he was disabled by a stroke and several fundraising events were held to help with his care. He then enrolled at in a physical therapy class at Monterey Peninsula College and over came many of his disabilities, going on to compete in running events throughout the area.

Two years ago he suffered a heart attack while running and had to stop that activity.

During World War II, Mr. Artellan served with the U. S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific and was a life time member of the American Legion, Carmel Post. He was also a member of the Monterey local of the Musician's Union.

He is survived by his wife Millie of Monterey; daughters Robin Avilla of Carmel, Tracy Avilla of Carmel, Loretta Artellan of Marina, Ramona Artellan of San Jose, and Susan Ladd of Tuolumne; sons Ben Avilla of Monterey, Gerry Artellan of Selma and Martin Artellan Jr. of Pacific Grove; brothers Jerry of Carmel Highlands, Paul of Carmel, and Benjamin of Salinas; and three grandchildren.

The rosary will be recited on Sunday at 8 p.m. at Paul Mortuary. Committal services will be held in the mausoleum at San Carlos Cemetery on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Friends may call at the Paul Mortuary beginning Sunday at 9 a.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Pauline Anemia Fund, Route 1, Box 88, Carmel 93923.