Brian was a ringleader who wanted those he loved to have fantastic times together. Mostly these fantastic times somehow involved the ocean. He organized group trips to Kauai where he built his dream house, annual trips to Catalina, and traveled to Fiji on a once in a lifetime surfing adventure with buddies. He believed in making memories and in making good friends into family.
Brian learned to surf when he was eight, and it was in the local beach and surf community that he found his people. He surfed, windsurfed and paddled the bay, and captained his own boat. And it wasn’t long after he started painting boards, signing them “The Crazy Frenchman,” that he began shaping them, under the name “Pacific Beach Drive.”
Brian was born on March 27, 1963. In 1981, he graduated from the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, where he swam and played water polo. For the next 20 years, he worked as a California state lifeguard. His schooling and experience as a lifeguard shaped a man who embraced hard work and service and who strived to set an example within his family and community as a person of integrity.
Brian is survived by his wife Lindy Martinet, who he met in 1989 and married in 1993, his two daughters, Emily Martinet and Olivia Martinet, his nephew Daniel Pitt, his mother Joanne Harper, and sisters Micae Martinet, Nicole Martinet and Kendra Gaeta.
Brian’s irrepressible and generous spirit, his passion to engage and entertain, and his magnetic personality will be missed but will remain strong in the family he and Lindy created. Tandem surfing with the girls in Hanalei, coaching their sports and volunteering and their schools were important to Brian. He brought his many different roles in life – husband, father, surfer and friend – together into one incredible man.
The family wishes to thank Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Hospice for their care, and all the friends who gathered and stuck close. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization close to Brian’s heart that provides aid to injured service members.