Fr. George Gerald "Jerry" Martinson, SJ, entered into God's peace May 31 at St. Peter Canisius Residence, Taipei, Taiwan from heart failure shortly after a strenuous trip to Inner Mongolia to film a documentary on Teilhard de Chardin.
"Uncle Jerry," as he was fondly known, was the chairman of Kuangchi Program Service, a high-profile television company for Taiwan and much of the Chinese world. He was 74.
Father Martinson was born in San Diego in 1942 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate in California in 1960. After philosophical studies at Mount St. Michael's, he went to Taiwan in 1967, where he was ordained a priest in 1973, and where he spent the rest of his life in communications ministry.
With Kuangchi Programming Service, a Jesuit-run television and satellite producer of religious and cultural programming throughout Asia, Fr Martinson was active both as an executive and as an on-camera personality, whose programs were popular for decades.
Father Martinson is survived by his younger brother Fr. Kieth Barry Martinson, SJ, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Wufeng Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, who also worked with the aboriginal people of Taiwan since the 1970s.
The funeral Mass was at Holy Family Church in Taipei on June 17, with burial at the Jesuit Cemetery at Manresa Center of Spirituality in Changhua.
Donations in memory of Fr. Martinson may be made Jesuits West, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031, or through the Province's secure donation site at www.jesuitswest.org/donations online.
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