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RETIRED MARINE CORPS MAJOR
Age 79, of Fort Collins, CO, passed away July 7, 2012 from cancer, surrounded by the people who love him.
Martin Jerome Dahlquist was born August 19, 1932 in Inglewood, CA, to George and Ellen Dahlquist. Following his graduation from North Hollywood High, he joined the Navy. He was selected for the ROTC program at the University of New Mexico graduating with a business degree and a commission. He served at duty stations in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Quantico and the Pentagon. Aboard the USS Hornet he was part of the crew that retrieved the Apollo manned space capsules. One of his favorite experiences was commanding the rifle team that competed nationally. Severely wounded on his second tour by a landmine in 1969, in Vietnam, he was honorably discharged with a medical disability. Major Dahlquist received many high honors for excellence including National Defense Service Medal with one star, Battle Efficiency "E", Vietnamese Service Medal with two stars, Purple Heart Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V", while serving as Infantry Officer Major 3rd Battalion 5th Marine, 1st Marine Division.
In 1970, he moved his family to Carlsbad where he accepted a job as the Custodian of the Rec Fund with Special Services at Camp Pendleton. Jerry took advantage of all the facilities eventually founding AIM (Amputees in Motion) to provide social and recreational outlets to fellow amputees focusing on golf, horseback riding, water and snow skiing. He was active in many civic affairs serving the youth of Carlsbad as president of Pop Warner Football and CHS Booster Club. Jerry served in a civil service position for the next 22 years before retiring in Colorado where he could pursue his passion for the outdoors, traveling and snow skiing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Allan; and daughter, Angela. Jerry is survived by his wife, Marilyn Dahlquist; step-mother, Winonah Dahlquist; daughter, Debbie Dahlquist; sons, Michael and Rich Dahlquist; his sisters, Sue Youngblood, Nona Ethredge and Charlene Ellington; his brothers, Don and Ron Dahlquist; his grandsons, Wesley and Tayler Fant, Michael Dahlquist, Jake and Sam Dahlquist; step-son, Darren Showers; step-daughter, Debbie Showers; and many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered for his love of life and the strength it took to face each day with a song regardless of the obstacles he had to overcome as an amputee with Parkinsons.
In lieu of flowers, Jerry would like to have donations sent to Amputees in Motion or Wounded Warriors. A Celebration of Life will be held with full military honors on Saturday, August 18, 2012, 11:30 a.m., at Pierce Brothers Valhalla, 10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood.
PIERCE BROTHERS VALHALLA
Directors (818) 763-9121
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Aug. 5, 2012