He was born on May 31, 1920 in Grand Island, Nebraska to John Charles Martinsen and Blanche (Chittick) Martinsen. During his early years, he had an interest in model airplanes and experimented with his buddies in creating their own underwater diving gear. He was also a newspaper carrier for the Grand Island Independent.
Lloyd attended the University of Nebraska for a short time, studying Chemical Engineering prior to World War II, and eventually enlisted in the U.S. Army to support that effort. He started out as an enlisted man, but eventually decided to try his hand in the officer candidate school and spent his war years as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps. He and his men were responsible for setting up shore-based radar equipment in support of advancing troops.
Following the war he relocated to Southern California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles and ultimately graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He met the love of his life, Ruth (Benson) Martinsen in Santa Monica, California during those college days and they married on April 10, 1948.
They settled in Van Nuys, California shortly thereafter to raise their family. Following college, Lloyd went to work for General Telephone Company (now Verizon). He started there as a field engineer and ultimately worked his way up to rates and tariffs manager. He made a career there for 33 years, finally retiring in 1982.
Retirement involved buying land in Canyon Lake, designing a house, and having it built. Lloyd and Ruth spent their time getting involved in the local politics, fishing, boating, going on excursions with the Canyon Lake Roadrunners RV Club, and supporting the Lakeside Jazz Club.
Upon Ruth’s passing, Lloyd then relocated to the Fairwinds retirement community in West Hills, California where he spent the remainder of his days. He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister Hazel, one brother Robert and his wife Ruth. He is survived by his daughter Gail (Ron) Davidson, son Craig (Salud) Martinsen, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and the extended families of Ron Davidson and Salud Martinsen.