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Marin Journal
Thursday, August 7, 1930

E. B. Martinelli, Civic Leader, Dies Monday

Flags throughout the county were at half-mast here today following the death of another of Marin County’s pioneers and leaders. E. B. Martinelli succumbed to death at his home on Fifth avenue here after a lingering illness which had lasted for 10 years. For four years he had been confined to his bed following paralytic strokes at intervals.

He was born in Nicasio, February 15, 1868, and throughout his life he had been noted as one of the county’s most progressive political leaders and an outstanding lawyer.

With the degree of A. M. he graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1889. From 1893 to 1895 he was city attorney of San Rafael, which his son, Jordan L. Martinelli is at the present time. Holding another high position from 1895 to 1899, he was district attorney. In t he year of 1902 he became a member of the board of managers of the Mendocino State Hospital. He served on the board until 1909. In 1908 he was elected state senator from the Ninth district.

Showing an unusual amount of stamina he did not give up the reins as chairman of the Republican central committee of the county until he became seriously ill.

He was the father of Jordan L. and Ennio W. Martinelli, Mrs. Edwin C. Bogle of Shanghai, China, and Emma G. Martinelli, and brother of Genevieve C., Robert A., Arnold E., Jeremiah U., Gildo P. and Chelso Martinelli.

Last rites were held for him at 9:30 this morning at St. Raphael’s Church, where a requiem high mass was celebrated for the repose of his soul. Many friends called at the parlors of Keaton & Dusel to pay their last respects to the renowned leader. Interment was made at the family plot in Petaluma.

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The CA Death Index gives his first name as Ennio and his date of death as August 4, 1930.

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