Richard Martini Obituary (2022) – Vienna, VA



RADM Richard A. “Dick” Martini, USN (Retired), 90, died January 31, 2022 at Falcons Landing Retirement Community in Sterling, Virginia. Born in Norway, Michigan, he was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, the former Janet I. Fretwell of Ogden, Utah, his parents Andrew and Anna Martini, and his sister Kathleen.

A member of Naval ROTC at the University of Utah, he received his commission after graduating in 1954 and was assigned to flight school. His thirty-year career in the Navy included a variety of duties, but he saw himself first and foremost as an aviator. He served in five squadrons, deploying to bases around the world. He was the Commander of Patrol Squadrons 24 and 30 and Commander of Patrol Wing 11. After being promoted to Rear Admiral, he served as Commander Icelandic Defense Force and Director of ASW Division, NOC Office .

After retiring from the Navy, he continued to serve as a program manager in the applied research and development industry. He embraced technology and innovation and contributed greatly to the research, development and defense of advanced technologies and naval capabilities. Although he was successful in his career, his family always came first.

He loved ham radio, all things electronics, RVing, woodworking, reading and listening to Pavarotti.

Richard is survived by his children, Kenneth (Lauri), Steven and Catherine; grandchildren Laura, Julian (Silvana) and Maia; and her sister Jean Bradshaw. He was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held at MONEY AND KING Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The date and time will be posted on the funeral home’s website. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Attn: Development Department, 875 N. Randolph St. Ste 225, Arlington, VA 22203. A guestbook is available at

Published by the Washington Post on February 13, 2022.

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