In Memory

Carolyn Martin

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07/17/16 07:37 PM #1    

Jeani (Irmajean) Golish (Mills)

I'm amazed to see no comments here.

Carolyn Martin was a sweet person. She was in one of my English classes. Her death was such a tragedy and an enormous shock effecting the whole population of the school. To this day, the event of her and her mother's muders are a cold case. My heart has always gone out to her sister and her father. A life gone too soon. ❤️

07/18/16 10:52 AM #2    

Sharon Lofholm (Johnson)

I share your thoughts about Carolyn Martin also Irma Jean. We just recently had our 60th reunion for Crocker Highlands and Ardis Johnson, Heather Steffenson, Barbara Roberts, and I discussed the tragedy and unsolved case. Carolyn was in our class at Crocker and her Mom was our Girl Scout leader. Her Mom was only 42 years old when they were murdered. We all spent many happy times in their home.

At OHS in the ninth grade I was in a choral class and Carolyn sat next to me. She had a beautiful voice and I can't carry a tune .... without her lead I would never have passed the course.

In June of 1962, Mary Ball, Carolyn Walgren, Steve Mortenson, Carolyn Martin, and myself along with 46 other teenagers all went on a three month tour of Europe with the Oakland YMCA as ambassadors of goodwill. It was truly an experience of a lifetime including crossing Checkpoint Charley into East Berlin and also spending a week at a Russian Youth Camp on the Black Sea. We visited 20 countries by all modes of transportation including planes, trains, buses, boats, bikes, and even hiking over the alps. We were all so blessed and looking back on Carolyn's short life I am so glad she experienced that trip on her last summer.

It was such a horrific shock and a time of great fear following their murder. It is even worse that it still remains a cold case. Carolyn was a sweet, beautiful soul inside and out. 

07/21/16 01:03 AM #3    

Jeani (Irmajean) Golish (Mills)

Thank you Sharon for your memories about Carolyn and her mother. You trip sounds like a wonderful experience. I'm also glad that Carolyn was able to experience it. 

07/21/16 08:05 AM #4    

Jerry Clifford

Hi Jeani and Sharon.  Both of your comments bring back very sad memories of Carolyn's death.  I was unable to attend the recent Crocker reunion, but would have shared in the discussion of the circumstances of Carolyn's murder.  Some of us had suspicions as to who might have been involved, but they both died a short time later.  Carolyn was a wonderful person with tremendous promise for a great life.  Hopefully karma ultimately played a roll for her killers?  Jerry Clifford   

07/24/16 11:56 AM #5    

Sharon Lofholm (Johnson)

Thanks for your comments about Carolyn Martin Jerry Clifford!  The especially hard part about the murders is that it is a cold case. Wish DNA was available sooner, but who knows karma may have lost the truth if your speculation may be true . Sorry that you missed the Crocker reunion we had a great time. Heather Steffenson Walker did an excellent job of organizing it. Take care.

07/24/16 08:08 PM #6    

MaryJane McCormick (Smith)

My very new husband and I were living in Honolulu when Carolyn and her mother lost their lives.  The incident actually made the front pages of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin with a rather detailed story.  My mom sent me the Oakland Tribune clippings then.  All these years later it is still so shocking to think about it.  I do hope Karma has lomg since dealt with the perpetrator(s).  Continue to rest in peace gentle ladies knowing you still live in our hearts.

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