Martha Jeanne Phillips Bootzin

Date of Birth

October 11, 1956

Date of Death

March 10, 2008

City of Death


Martha Jeanne Phillips Bootzin, 51, formerly of Santa Barbara, violinist, licensed CPA, and mother of two, passed away on March 10, 2008, following a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer. For nearly 5 years after being diagnosed, Martha performed with a string quartet, a jazz ensemble, and a Celtic band, established musical education programs for children, and became a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 15, at Hope Lutheran Church in San Mateo.

In 1993, Martha and her husband, pianist Alexander Bootzin, moved from SB to Pacifica. Two years later, they co-founded Pacifica’s Spindrift School of Performing Arts. Martha is survived by her husband Alex and their two children, Everett Aaron (11) and Heather Angelina (8); and Martha’s two siblings.

A memorial scholarship has been created in Martha’s memory at the Spindrift School of Performing Arts (c/o Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 891, Pacifica, CA 94044)

A separate fund for Alex and the children has been established at the Hope Lutheran Church ( (The Alex & Martha Fund, c/o Hope Lutheran Church, 600 W. 42nd Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403), for anyone wishing to assist Martha’s family.


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