Earl E. Martin passed away Monday morning, May 7, 2012, in a Butte hospital.
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He was born on a ranch near Livingston May 4, 1947, to George and Lilly Martin and attended schools in that area.
Earl was a novelist, storyteller, artist and visionary whose writings touched many. Upon returning from Vietnam and receiving the Purple Heart, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman. The university started a foundation to publish his first book of poetry called "A Poet Goes to War." Margaret Mead, renowned anthropologist of the 20th century, read poems from his book on the Merv Griffin Show in 1971. He wrote the screenplay for "No Iron Bars" and his poetry has been published in many anthologies of the experiences of being involved in the Vietnam War. He, as well as many other returning soldiers, endured the many war protesters of our country and their disrespect to the returning soldiers. His writing was his refuge in a nation of those many who were granted continual freedom on the backs of the Vietnam veterans.
He was a rare individual with magic in his eyes, seeing the big in the small. His belief and faith in God was his protection and power to traverse through his life. A greenhouseman in Three Forks and Livingston, a writer, an artist, a man of profound intellect in both matters of the mind and the soul, the world is a better place for all those who have come in contact with him. This I know.
Earl E. Martin was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lilly Martin, and son, Trevor Martin.
Earl is beloved by his brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Darlene Martin of Anacortes, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Gena Martin of Livingston; and sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Dee Walden of Laurel. Earl is cherished by wife, Celeste Sotola of Basin; son and daughter-in-law, Navar and Lori Martin of Moore; daughter and son-in-law, Tasha and Josh Runyan of Moreno Valley, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, Luke and Julie Martin of Anamoose, N.D.; and daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Daniel Bokma of Belgrade. Earl's beloved grandchildren include Nathan, Arianna, Ivan, Sebastian, Sage, Gwendolyn and two unborn grandsons coming in June and August.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Basin Community Church with Pastor Floyd Oliver officiating. Interment will be in the Basin Cemetery with military honors accorded.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 12, 2012