Landis Marttila, who served as an IBEW 1245 business representative for 30 years, died at his home in San Francisco on June 9.
“He was a union man and a colorful character who always had the members’ best interest at heart,” said Local 1245 Business Manager Bob Dean. “We will all miss him and offer our support to his family during this tragic time.”
Brother Marttila was hired by IBEW 1245 in 1990 and served as both a business representative and a senior business representative. Among his many assignments for the union, Marttila represented members at PG&E, in Outside Construction, and Line Clearance Tree Trimming. He was active in many union organizing drives and political campaigns, and was a reliable presence on the picket line when other unions asked for solidarity. He represented IBEW 1245 on the San Mateo Central Labor Council for many years.
Marttila, who retired just last year, had been in good spirits and was enjoying his retirement when he unexpectedly died of natural causes at his home in San Francisco. He is survived by his wife Barbara, sister Julie and her husband Rick, sons Max and Joshua, and daughter Anikka, as well as three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services are pending and will be posted here once announced.