Martin graduated from Cal Poly State University in 1968 with a BS in Agricultural Engineering. After a stint in the Army in Germany from 1969-1971, he decided to attend Fresno State University to obtain a second degree in Civil Engineering, after which he began work towards Agricultural water management ending with 24 years at Buena Vista Water Storage District as their Engineer Manager. Martin retired in 2008 and shortly after decided to run for election as Director for the Kern County Water Agency where he is in his third term. The KCWA as a SWP contractor supplies nearly one million acre-feet of its contracted State water to 3 urban and 11 agricultural member unit Districts.
Martin has a long standing interest in agriculture, owning a small acreage where he and his wife have participated in raising and competing in horse shows and performance activities as well as raising cattle. While at Buena Vista W. S. D., he became closely involved in water management activities to include water banking projects for the District’s farmers. The District he managed possessed Kern River water rights and storage rights in Isabella reservoir as well as being a SWP member unit of the KCWA. Thus he was involved in and understands the complexity of water issues facing his Agency. He was also involved in the DWR snow surveys program through his Districts participation with the Kern River Interests. Martin is very interested in the Delta Conveyance Project and anticipates addressing a variety of complex issues with his fellow Board members while serving as a DCA Director.
He and his family enjoy outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping and snow skiing at Mammoth Mountain. Martin also maintains a strict exercise program including lap swimming, road biking and regular gym workouts which allows him to keep up with the grand kids.