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Passed away from cancer at the age of 86 on February 1, 2014 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Minnesota.
He was born near Ripley, Mississippi and graduated from Ripley high school after lettering in basketball and football. He served with the Coast Guard and Army, with ports of call in China, Korea and Japan among others. After learning refrigeration and air conditioning in the service while mentoring local workers, he put his training to good use with a career in that specialty. He was a manager with the National Institutes of Health for 25 years and then the State of Louisiana for another 10 years. He taught refrigeration and air conditioning at the Columbia Technical Institute. He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization and organized their Voice Of America program for a number of years. He was a proud member of the Sons Of The American Revolution.
Martin met his wife of 64 years, Florence Kajzar Jeter, at Hains Point in Washington, DC, where they lived until 1977, then moving to New Orleans, Louisiana, and on to Rochester, Minnesota in 2005 to be near their daughter, Sharon.
He loved the outdoors and was an accomplished hunter and fisherman who introduced his children to the beauty and peacefulness found in nature. He was very handy around the house, giving his sons an introduction to and an appreciation for craftsmanship and mechanical processes.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Crosby Jeter; his mother, Jessie M. Jeter; his sister, Jean Cappleman; and his brother, Hershel (Sonny) Jeter. His wife Florence and their three children, Sharon Ames Gentling(Greg), Martin J. Jeter (Sandra) and James C. Jeter (Shari); and two grandchildren, James C. Jeter II and Johanna S. Jeter, survive him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but they trust he is in a better place now and that his suffering has ended.
Services private.
Memorials may be made in the name of Martin L. Jeter to Seasons Hospice, 1969 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester, Minnesota, 55902.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 8, 2014
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