John Joe Martin, 86, of Shiprock, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Albuquerque. He was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Shiprock, to Mary and Joe Redcap Martin. He was born to Tachii'ni and was born for Tabaahi'.
John was preceded in death by his sons, John Martin Jr. and Jerry Martin Jr.; parents; brothers, John C. Martin, Tom Martin, George Martin and Nelliwood Martin; sisters, Lily Martin and Jean Martin; and one grandchild.
He is survived by his sons, Larry Martin and Albert Martin; sisters, Nita Martin , Rita Martin and Lita Martin; sister, Jesse Etcitty; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Shiprock and officiated by Jimmy Walters.
Burial will follow in the Shiprock Community Cemetery.
A reception will be at the church after the burial.
Pallbearers are Wesley Martin, Darius Martin, Wil Nez, Robert Martin, Aero Nez, Max Benally and Travis Benally.
John's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel of Kirtland, 458 Road 6100, 505-598-9636. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.