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Kaynan, Martin G.

Martin G. Kaynan, 89, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at his home from ALS.

Martin was born Feb. 10, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Boys High, Brooklyn, New York, and earned his BBA from City College of New York. 

Martin’s manufacturing career began in New York and led him to Puerto Rico, New Jersey, Missouri, Kansas and California. He held various successful positions as president, operations manager, plant manager, director of operations, and quality group leader. He retired from General Dynamics Convair Division in 1992 and moved from sunny San Diego, California, to Olathe, Kansas.

Three words sum up Martin’s life and they are “Creative, Loving and Alive”. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He was passionate, worldly, an optimist and loved telling jokes. Mostly, his love for his family brought him so much joy and was proud of his family. 

In his spare time, he enjoyed computers, sport, politics and writing. As a novelist, he had five novels published, wrote six screenplays, and one stage play. He was also a lyricist and wrote 63 songs. 

Martin is survived by his wife Saundra Kaynan. His children: Alan Kaynan married to Eileen Blohm, Richard Kaynan married to Karen Duncan, and Lisa Kaynan married to Hinano Cockett. His grandchildren: Kristin Kaynan, Adam Kaynan married to Barbara Harrison, Steve Kaynan, Ryan Kaynan, and Jamie Kaynan. His great-grandchild: Aliza Mari Kaynan. Stepchildren: Monique Deskovick, Troy Wellman and Todd Wellman. Stepgrandchildren: Michael Deskovick, Matthew Deskovick, Shanee McCrimmon, Amanda Schemke and Cody Wellman.

A celebration of his life reception was scheduled to take place at his home Wednesday, April 5, 2017. 

In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to honor Martin Kaynan with a donation to the ALS Association at alsa.org. Please include your name on your donation. 

A special thank you to the Good Shepherd Hospice, Lenexa, Kansas, for their loving care and support.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

Arrangements by The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211.