He was born in Fairfield, Connecticut on September 2, 1938, to parents Robert and Gertrude Plotnick. His mother would tell him that she knew he was trouble because he was born in the midst of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. However, he later researched the subject and learned that the storm did not hit Connecticut until three weeks after his birth. Marty loved to read, and research, most everything; and it became his lifelong passion.
He went on to enter Syracuse University, where he worked his way to a B.A. by becoming a photographer for the local newspaper and police department. He joined the U.S. Army, where he spent his tour at a typewriter except when he was deployed with other grunts to the Florida coast during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. After the Army, he traveled the world as an assistant to the president of Lions Club International, and visited Hawaii for the first time. He started a small ad agency in Chicago; and when that folded, he made up his mind to fly to Honolulu to live.
In Hawaii, he started a research firm called Creative Resources, Inc. and became a part of local newswriting, advertising, and political circles. He was a Special Investigator assigned to the Kukui Plaza investigation that rocked City & County politics in the 1970s. He and his firm provided research services for many clients, but primarily for law firms engaged in litigation in Hawaii, the West Coast, and Alaska.
Marty was a lifelong smoker, and eventually that slowed him down and led to the frailties that caused him to retire. He spent the last 10 years of his life at home, happy engaging with friends and family on his computer, walking the valley, and grumbling at the news on TV. In his last two years, much of that came to a halt with the illnesses that overcame him. His parents and his son in Chicago, Aaron Plotnick, predeceased him.
He is survived in Hawaii by his wife Susan M. Ichinose, son Andrei I. Plotnick, brother-in-law Eugene Ichinose and family, and brother- in-law David and wife Susan R. Ichinose. On the Mainland, he is survived by sister Cheryl, and daughter-in-law Abbe Plotnick and grandson Maximilian "Max" Plotnick in Chicago.
Due to the pandemic, there will be no funeral. Please do not send flowers or koden. Simply remember him, and he lives on.
Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary