Delvin L. "Del" Martin

Obituary
  • "Del was a great guy. He attended the annual Laughlin Golf..."
    - Steve Farnham
  • "Deepest sympathy for your loss. Sincerely, Alice, Laura and..."
    - Alice Jeffries

Delvin (Del) L. Martin,
age 83, of Arvada,
Colorado, died on August
15, 2018. Del was born in
Clintonville, West Virginia
in 1935 to Okey and Ina
Martin (née Jeffries). He
graduated from Rupert
High School and enlisted
in the USAF. He was stationed
in England where
he met and married Joan.
Upon returning to the U.S., he worked
for the FAA as an electronics technician
before going back to England for several
years as an employee of the U.S. Department
of Defense. Del was a civilian
with the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance
Wing maintaining aircraft cameras for
imagery intelligence. Back in the U.S.,
Del worked for the NOAA-National
Weather Service as an electronics
technician and later as a supervisor
until his retirement. Del spent 45 years
in Colorado and loved it...although
he always had a soft spot for his West
Virginia roots and his time spent across
the "pond." He enjoyed playing darts
(at one time), tinkering in the garage
and his basement "man cave," golfing,
bluegrass music, family gatherings,
jigsaw puzzles, reminiscing about his
country boy youth and the wonderful
times he'd spent with family and friends
over the years. Del liked driving his
old pickup truck around town to check
his traps, as he would say. His most
recent obsession was being "Pappy" to
his "Sweetie Pie Baby" granddaughter,
Tatum, his sunshine for
over 11 years. Del adored
his morning coffee, a
good pot of beans, Olathe
corn in the summertime,
and the love of his life "JB
Darlin'"... Soul Mates. Del
is survived by his wife
of 61 years Joan Martin
(née Bennett), daughter
Sharon Martin, son
Stephen (Vicki) Martin, daughter Tara
(Tom) Marsh and granddaughter Tatum
all in Colorado. Del's surviving siblings
include Gene Martin, Janet McDaniel
and Curtis (Norma) Martin in West
Virginia and Charles (Debbie Connell)
Martin in Georgia. Del is also survived
by cousins, nieces, nephews, beloved
in-laws, and very dear friends near and
far. Del was preceded in death by his
parents and his brother, Earl Martin. If
so inclined, donations may be made in
Del's memory by mail to Saint Joseph
Hospital Foundation-Cardiovascular
1375 East 19th Avenue Denver, CO
80218, over the phone at 303-812-6437,
or online at https://www.sclhealth.
org/locations/saint-joseph-hospitalfoundation/
donate/. Or, remember Del
with any charitable contribution of your
choice.
I've laid around and played around
this old town too long/Summer's
almost gone, winter's coming on/I've
laid around and played around this old
town too long/And I feel like I've gotta
travel on...
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Aug. 30 to Sept. 29, 2018