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Jack Martin passed away July 22, 2013, in Klamath Falls, Ore.
He was born to Josephine and Kidrick Martin Oct. 22, 1926, in Fairfield, Calif. His was a ranching family and he "grew up on a horse."
Jack served his country during World War II in the SeaBees. He always joked about Uncle Sam giving him a free cruise to the Philippines, where he worked on runway construction.
He became involved with rodeo and was an awesome calf roper, steer wrestler and team roper. He was a PRCA Gold Card member.
Jack's career was in California working for CalTrans. At his retirement, he was superintendent of Highway 88. He loved his work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains.
He moved to Klamath Falls in his retirement years and joined Shield Crest Golf Course. He had many wonderful days out chasing that little white ball with his golf pals Bob and Bud.
Jack is survived by his three children, Cheryl Lauritsen (Bob) of Susanville, Calif., Jack Martin (Cindy) of Galt, Calif., and Leann Teter (Ron) of Gardnerville, Nev. He loved and was so very proud of his six handsome grandsons and absolutely adored his three little great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his wife, Rae Ellen Kinney-Martin, and step-children Kristi Von Tickner of Yreka, Calif., and Brian Kinney (Wendy) of Garden Grove, Calif. He also very much loved his step-grandchildren, Kate Von Tickner, Kyle Von Tickner and Sam Kinney. He also is greatly missed by his spoiled-rotten black Labrador retriever, Jill.
Jack was a very spiritual man and a member of Hope Lutheran Church.
A private family celebration of Jack's life will be at a later date in Lodi, Calif.
A donation to Klamath Hospice, 5745 S. Sixth St., Klamath Falls, OR 97603-4958, would be a loving memorial.
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Published in Herald And News from July 25 to July 26, 2013