July 23, 1934 – January 10, 2019
George Martin (Marty) Croney, of Bend, passed away on January 10, 2019 at the age of 84. He was born July 23, 1934 in Warsaw, NY, to George H. and Pauline Croney Marty was part of a close group of classmates in Warsaw and graduated with 51 other seniors from Warsaw Central High School in 1952.
After briefly attending Bucknell University in central PA, Marty entered the Navy. During his time in the Navy, he became an electronic technician which, ahem, “sparked” his interest in electronics. While in the Navy, he flew in the naval picket aircraft, the Super Constellation, between Hawaii and Alaska.
It was while stationed at Barbers Point, HI, that Marty met his future wife, Sandra J. Mayberry, in Honolulu. The two tell the story that Marty and his friends were cruising around Honolulu in an old convertible and spotted Sandra and her friends near the beach. Judging Marty and his friends to be safe and harmless, Sandra and her friends hopped in the car and the rest, as they say, is history. On December 26, 2018, Marty and Sandra celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Marty and Sandra moved out to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Marty enrolled in Indiana Institute of Technology, earning bachelor degrees in Electronic Engineering and Electrical Engineering in 1962. Over the next 36 years of his professional career, he worked on a broad array of electronic systems, including flight simulators for the U.S. Air Force and NASA, nuclear submarines and nuclear power plants. These jobs took him to 30 different “homes” including Germany, Binghamton, NY, La Porte, TX., Bremerton, WA, Napa, CA, and Richland, WA. But, it wasn’t until 1998 when Marty and Sandra settled in Bend where they put down deep roots.
Over the last 20 years, Marty developed a passion for radio controlled airplanes. He loved to fly the planes, but even more, he cherished the times he spent with his flying buddies, not only flying the planes, but tromping through the fields looking for wayward and crash-landed planes. Those adventures invariably led to many contented hours spent gluing, splicing, soldering and nursing his planes back to flying condition.
Marty was preceded in death by his parents, George H. and Pauline Croney. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Mayberry Croney, and children, Vance Martin (Barbara), Anne Louise (Lisa) and David Richard; and grandchildren, Alyson and Layne Croney; Jayden Croney-Gatlin; and Alexandra, Samantha and Ashley Croney.
A private memorial service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a remembrance to the Central Oregon Humane Society at https://www.hsco.org.