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KNUTSON II, Martin A. Born June 31, 1930 in St. Louis Park, Minn., passed away December 11, 2013 in Los Altos Hill, Calif. A 20 year Antelope Valley resident served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and CIA. All remember Colonel Knutson as a life-long friend, for his being with the first CIA detachment to deploy with the U-2 from Groom Lake, and for his leadership at NASA. Martin (Marty) Knutson attended the University of Minnesota majoring in electrical engineering. Martin began his career as an aviation cadet in the USAF in 1950. Following service in Korea and Viet Nam, he joined the CIA's Air Division flying U-2s. He retired from the Air Force in 1970, having logged over 6,500 hours of flight time. In 1971 Marty joined NASA as manager of the Airborne Instrumentation Research. In May 1984, he was appointed Director of Flight Operations at NASA's Ames, and the Site Manager of the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility at Edwards, a position he held until 1990. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Intelligence Star twice, NASA's Outstanding Leadership Award and the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive. Martin's hobbies were amateur radio operator, snow skiing and scuba diving. He is survived by his children: Marty, Eric, Kristin and Robin; grandchildren: Eric, Brandon, Samantha, Joshua and Natasha. Services will be held at 1 pm, January 25, 2014 at the Former Moffett NAS officers club at NASA AMES Research Center, Mountain View, CA. Arrangements are being handled by Spangler Mortuary, Los Altos, CA

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