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Posted by Madi Hantho on Monday, 05 January 2015 in Aviation Education Programs

Pearson Field Education Center Honors Marlin Martin: 2014 Volunteer of the Year Fort Vancouver National Trust

The Pearson Field Education Center (PFEC) is proud to announce that Mr. Marlin Martin is the recipient of this year's Volunteer of the Year award.  PFEC's mission is to educate and inspire youth in the Pacific Northwest about the golden age of aviation. Marlin's incredible commitment to delivering quality STEM-based educational programs helped us reach our educational goals in 2014.

Marlin began his journey in education in 1963 when he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at La Verne College in California. It was also in 1963 that Marlin's passion for aviation began when he took his first flight in a Cessna 140, and then soloed in a Cessna 150 out of Ontario Airport, CA.

He then went on to Long Beach State to earn his teaching credentials, and began as a teacher for nine years in La Puente, CA. He pursued teaching at Rowland Heights High School for 12 years in the areas of Physics and Chemistry before moving to Washougal, WA where he continued teaching high school students in Portland, OR at Lincoln High School.

Marlin further transitioned his efforts by­ teaching in Washington State where he taught for 10 years at Jemtegaard Middle School and also became a Science Methods instructor at Washington State University in Vancouver. Marlin has taught abroad in various outreach programs in Taiwan and even had a large group of students from Taiwan come visit historic Pearson Field to learn about aviation.

Marlin came out to volunteer with the Fort Vancouver National Trust in aviation education, and at Grove Field for their annual summer camps in 2010, and has been an instrumental component in the program's many successes. He has been an energetic instructor for outreach programs, school visits, scout visits and summer camp programs. He is also the designer of PFEC's vertical wind tunnel, PIGs (pipe insulation gliders), balloon rocket cars and delta gliders.

Marlin's hard work ethic and his incredibly bubbly and warm personality have earned him the respect of his fellow volunteers and Trust staff. The Fort Vancouver National Trust is honored to have the distinction and privilege to announce Mr. Marlin Martin as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations Marlin, we are proud to have you in our ranks!

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