Martin Michael Goetschl “Marty”, age 72 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away March 24, 2016 after a four year battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born on September, 30 1943 to Martin Goetschl and Victoria Anna Goetschl Arena in Augsburg, Germany. He was preceded in death by his father, Martin Goetschl, his step-father, John Arena, and his mother, Victoria Goetschl Arena. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Gabriela Ursula Skibbe Goetschl. He leaves behind his children, Martin Michael Goetschl, Jr. and wife Carol of Gainesville, GA, Christie Marie Young and husband Stacy of Dallas, GA, John Christopher Goetschl and wife Amy of Lawrenceville, GA, and his adoring grandchildren, Richie, Tori, and Hunter Young, and Lourdes, Julissa, John-Michael, Mitch, and Michaela Goetschl. Upon completion of his apprenticeship training in Germany, Marty immigrated to the United States and worked for a Mercedes Benz dealership in Jacksonville, Florida, while simultaneously he served in the Army National Guard as a motor pool technician. Soon after his discharge from the National Guard, he accepted a position with Mercedes Benz USA, from which he retired in 2006 after 49 years of dedicated service. On August 23, 2012, Marty and his wife, Gaby, proudly became naturalized citizens of the United States. Marty was as dedicated to his country and his family as he was to his career. It gave him much joy to gather the extended family together for formal holidays, or a simple family barbeque, where he could lavish his children and grandchildren with his unending love and affection. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Emory Winship Cancer Institute at in honor of Marty, and to continue to battle this horrific disease. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA, with Rev. Danny Rager officiating. A reception will follow the service at the funeral home. Online condolences can be expressed at

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  1. Let us say farewell to our great friend Marty. He has been taken from us far to early. Marty will be missed dearly, but will always be remembered and forever remains in our hearts.

    It was such a privilege to have known Marty for twenty five plus years. He was a great friend and collegue, always upbeat and lending anyone a helping hand without hesitation. The world has lost a wonderful person. May he enjoy his eternal rest.

    In loving memory,
    Lydia & John

  2. I am so saddened that our family never had the chance to meet Marty. From everything that I have heard from my brothers and sisters, he was an incredible Husband, Father and Grandfather.

  3. I am so proud to have known you. We had some wonderful times together. The silly projects we did never seemed like work because we laughed all the way through them. We were worn out at the end of the day but the beer was cold and there was always a second one waiting.
    We would tell the girls we started happy hour early so hurry home. He would have one ready when they arrived. The snacks would come out and that turned into dinner much of the time.
    I feel blessed to have had you as a friend and brother.
    Now your pain is gone and I am glad of that but I will miss you.
    I hope I will see you again one day. I will bring the beer.
    God bless you Marty and may he give your family strength.

  4. Marty was a truly nice person. Having met him several years ago walking his precious dogs, we always enjoyed talking with him – but who didn’t enjoy having a conversation with Marty. He had many friends in our neighborhood. We will all miss him.

  5. Martain A. Farley
    I always enjoyed our friendly and informative chats whenever I took my exercise walks around the neighborhood. He was a very sincere and kind gentleman that always seemed to be surrounded by his little Dachshund buddies who he took great pride in as well as everything else that he accomplished. He was a good man, a great neighbor and will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to all of his extended family and those of us who hold the privilege of his memory. I am saddened by his loss.

  6. Cathy Edwards

    Even though I am your neighbor a few doors down, I didn’t really know you but always saw you out in your yard with your dachshunds. And anyone who is a dog lover must be a good guy. I always saw lots of cars at your home indicating you had lots of friends and was loved by many. God rest your soul and praying for strength and comfort for your family.

  7. We are honored to know Marty and be his neighbors. He was kind and welcoming from the first day we moved in a cross street from his house. We will miss seeing you walking your dog and we will miss having nice conversation with you. We will always remember Marty as a good family man that was loved a lot by his wife, kids and grand kids. God bless your soul and rest in peace.

  8. We have lost a dear friend who was very special to us. Many times he was talking about his childhood memories from his small town in the Bavarian Alps of Germany which is not far from my hometown where I grew up.

    God Bless you and rest in peace. We will miss you very much.

  9. Michael & Nataliya Farley

    We are neighbors of Marty, his family and are fellow dog lovers. We knew Marty over the years, as a nice and pleasant gentleman, industrious individual and very good family man. He enjoyed his retirement, loved his family and his little dachshunds, of course. We will miss our chats and his affable nature. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Gaby and his entire family. You are in our prayers and may he rest in peace.

  10. Marty always greeted you with a big smile and firm handshake and hug. A great family man who was a joy know. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him.
    Love to his family

  11. My memory is one who took me in when I was at my lowest, when my wife left me and the goetschl family took me in and helped me as one of there own. Michael called me tonight and my heart is broken as another great soul goes to heaven.

  12. We are saddened by the loss of our neighbor and friend. The three amigos, Marty, Dan and Horst provided many laughs at the oval table gatherings over the years. Marty, you had such a positive outlook on life as you went through your treaments, and life. We will cherish your memories you have left in our hearts. Our sincere sympathy and love to Gabby and family. Rest in peace.

  13. I am very fortunate to have known and worked with Marty over many years . The times together were always enjoyable and memorable . This wonderfully nice man will be missed ! Rest peacefully Marty .

  14. When Heidi, Marty’s sister was in Germany in a cementary in Unteramergau Bavaria, a woman came up to her and said are Marty’s sister? Yes, I am… She somehow knew who she was and said I saw Marty and his father growing up and they were just alike! Both full of life and joy! He was very micheveous and always pulling pranks… So true! This woman was a friend of Marty’s aunt.. What a small world!!!

  15. Marty was a kind and generous man. He always made a point of stopping by to say Hello and was genuinely interested in what you had to say. When he spoke about his family it was obvious that they were the light of his life. We will miss you Marty.

  16. Scott Sabia
    Marty was a great friend, Colleague, and a great mentor as well. Marty will be missed dearly. Rest in peace Marty.

  17. Marty was the first person I met from Mercedes-Benz, in 1975, and he was my first Field Service Manager. In my mind he exemplified all the wonderful things that made Mercedes-Benz the best cars on the planet and will forever be linked with the success that Mercedes-Benz – and many of us who still work for and with MB – enjoyed over the last 50 years..

    Whenever Marty came to visit, he would always get in and help solve a problem. He liked Captain D’s, strong cheese – and a bier every now and then. He was the first person who bought me lunch when I became a service manager and the first one to tell me I was wrong. Dare I say he could be a bit “determined” when he felt he was right, especially when it came to defending the brand he felt so passionate about. Klaus Hirshler told me that he was certain Marty had a Mercedes Star tattooed on his chest. Whether or not the rest of us can see it, I believe Klaus was right.

    During his visits to Fort Myers, Marty often shared stories about his family. In a business that can be hard on wives and children, Marty taught me, by his example, that family comes first and as hard as he worked, he worked just as hard to get back home to them. I was fortunate to get a chance to meet his family when I moved to Tampa and watched his family grow.

    I remember his great desire to become a Technical Specialist to help the other dealers – balanced by his worry that “I won’t be good enough”. Looking back, Marty was more than good enough, he was great and brought much needed help to the dealers in and around Atlanta. Forty-nine years of helping guys like me speaks to his abilities, his strength and his passion and the current team of TSs in the South owe a debt of gratitude to the foundation that Marty (and Hans) laid for them.

    Most of all, I know that Marty was a true friend, a loving father and husband, and someone that you could always count on. Even after he retired, he would stop by for a visit and the occasional lunch or dinner at Kurt’s.

    He will be missed but he will never be forgotten.

    With Deep Gratitude,

    Randy Powell

  18. It was such a privilege for Mark and I to have known Marty. We met him when our niece Amy married his son Johnny.
    We were invited to join them at a cabin at Oktoberfest and after that we were hooked. We enjoyed so many more years after that with him and his family as they invited us each year to celebrate.
    Mark and Marty had a ritual when they got together, every time they hugged they grabbed each others butts and that’s just one of the many things we will remember as he brought so much joy and laughter into our lives.
    Magic happens when two hearts become connected and memories can never be erased we are so sorry for your loss
    You will be truly missed we love you so much
    Mark and Deborah house

  19. I have known Marty for 56 years and first met him at the Mercedes Benz Dealership in Jacksonville, Florida. To characterize my friend, I would have to say that being a giving person was the foremost trait of his many virtues. Marty was always there to help anyone. My wife, Marti, and I have many fond memories of get togethers with Marty and his family. We are truly honored to have known you, and we will miss you dear friend. We love you. Rest in peace.
    Gus and Marti Roese

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