Published in the Fresno
Bee on September 23, 2012
Martin Krug, of Sanger passed away at home on September 19, 2012 at age
89 after an extended illness.
Born a city kid, "Marty," to all who knew him, spent most of
his life as a farmer in the Sanger area with his wife of 65 years, Dorothy,
where he grew to love farming, second only to his first love, baseball.
He was born August 27, 1923 in Glendale, Ca, after his father, Martin
Krug, Sr., moved from the 1922 Chicago Cubs infield to become manager
of the Los Angeles Angels.
Following his Freshman year at UCLA, Marty joined the US Navy in 1942
and served his country as a Navy Seaman in the South Pacific.
After returning from the War in 1946, he enrolled in Fresno State College,
joined the Bulldogs baseball team, and met the love of his life, Dorothy
Bosmajian, a young nursing student. After a successful season with the
Bulldogs, in 1947 Marty signed to play professional ball, proposed to
Dorothy, and the two left Fresno together to pursue his dream.
The next seven years were spent playing baseball for Salem, Las Vegas,
Salt Lake City, and Portland in the Pacific Coast League, along with raising
two children, William and Susan. Marty and Dorothy returned to Fresno
in 1956, when he began work as an ironworker and bought a farm near Sanger
where they lived for the next 56 years.
Marty valued hard work and independence, and loved coming home after a
long days work to spend the remaining daylight hours, and most weekends,
working the farm. He was active in the Masonic Lodge, and in 1978 was
elected Master of Fresno Lodge No. 247 for its centennial year. Marty
was preceded in death by his only sibling, Russell Krug.
He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; his son, William Krieg of
Fresno; and daughter, Susan Schwartz and her husband Ed, and grandson
Russell Schwartz. A Celebration of his life will be held at Belmont Country
Club, 8253 E. Belmont Ave., on Thursday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m.