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PATRICK "PAT" MARTIN
Patrick "Pat" Martin, 92, of Jensen Beach, FL died Monday, July 1, 2014, he was the son of the late Frank and Ernestine Martin and was born May 24, 1922 in Pittsburgh, PA. He died of pneumonia at hospice center in Port St. Lucie. Resting peacefully he passed in his sleep with his son close by. Pat had been recovering from hip replacement surgery, suffered in February. Then he developed pneumonia and had to be hospitalized June 24. The pneumonia became too severe the following days and he fought to breathe. He was taken to Hospice June 30, where they were able to help him breath and relieve the pain. Pat drifted off to sleep comfortably for the final time, to rest in peace. Mercifully he left this world a few hours after midnight, July 1, 2014 and arrived in heaven where he reunited with his beloved wife Rose. Pat was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. He graduated from Langley High, where he was captain and QB of the football team. He enlisted in the service during WWII and was among the troops at D-Day. He returned to Pittsburgh, after the war, as a "single parent" of baby daughter Patty. Pat met and married Rose Capulo in 1951. They had 2 sons: Frank 1952 and Drew 1956. Pat and Rose moved their little family out West, to Colorado to start a new life in 1963. Pat bought a mobilhome park and started mobilhome dealership. He worked hard and became a successful businessman in Greeley, Colorado. The business thrived. He invested wisely and opened a second mobile home dealership, in Ft. Collins. In 1970 Pat and partner, Bruce Ruth, built a restaurant/bar in Greeley. "The Red Garter Lounge' was granted a first license in City of Greeley. Greeley had been "Dry" till then. Pat was an avid sports fan and especially loved thoroughbred horse racing. He and partner Bruce, bought three race horses. The horses won several races. Pat and Bruce did well as owners. Eventually Pat and Rose retired and moved to Florida. They built a house in Port St. Lucie, in 1988. Rose died in 2003 after 50 years of marriage. Pat was preceded in death by his son, Drew in 2006 and brother Vince Martin in 2012. Several years after Rose died, Pat learned that his dear friend Beverly Fantis from high school was widowed and lived in Florida. They were able to see each other often and loved each other dearly. They made each other happy. Pat and his son Frank bought a condo in Jensen Beach, where they lived till his death. Pat is survived by his son, Frank of Jensen Beach; sister Helen; sister Mary Lou; sister-in- law, Nina; grand daughters 'Little Patty' and Jennifer Rose; 6 nephews, and 7 nieces. Pat was a member of Moose Lodge, AM- Vets, VFW & American Legion. Pat was loved by one and all. A celebration of life memorial service will be held August 9, at 3PM. At the Moose Lodge in Jensen Beach and will be posted at all clubs. Arrangements entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, Florida. Please sign online guest book www.aycockjensenbeach.com.
Published in the TC Palm on July 11, 2014