James C Martin, 68, passed away at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage on April 11, 2014.
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A celebration of life will be held at Sourdough Mining Co. banquet room, 5200 Juneau Street, on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 3-6 p.m. The family plans to scatter his ashes at Waldron Pond Community Cemetery in Willow, AK.
James was born on June 6, 1945 in Rapid City, SD to Jay and Willadell Martin. He attended the University of Wyoming and joined the US Air Force in 1965. He would later also serve in Alaska Air National Guard, Alaska Navy Reserve and Alaska Civil Air Patrol. James married Billie Grace Waldron in 1966. Soon after his career in the US Air Force James began working as a photographer, first at the News Review in Roseburg, OR. In 1970 he moved to Anchorage, AK and was chief photographer for the Anchorage Times. He would become a founding partner of Alaska Journal of Commerce, an owner and publisher of the Alaska View and President of Alaska Business Monthly. James would use his experience to contribute to his community; he sat on the UAA Department of Journalism Advisory Committee and was a volunteer at KAKM, KSKA and Junior Achievement Alaska.
His interests included photography, books, computers, books, astronomy, books, world religions, geology, history and was an avid supporter of Title Wave Books.
His family wrote: ""Jim had an insatiable curiosity and was a life-long learner who never met a book he didn't like!! He was a loving and dedicated family man whose greatest joy was his grandchildren.""
He is survived by his wife, Billie Martin; his daughter, Lori (James) Efird; son, Jason (Michelle) Martin; granddaughter, Gabriella Efird; grandsons, Aidan Efird and Sebastian Martin; his mother, L. Willadell Radcliffe; his sister, Nancy Ruehle; and many nieces and nephews in Alaska, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California.
James is preceded in death by his father, Jay Arthur Martin.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Junior Achievement of Alaska, 639 W International Airport Road #38, Anchorage, AK 99518.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2014