Carlton Martin, 88, of Lodi, CA., devoted husband and beloved father and grandfather, went home to Heaven on December 13, 2012. Carlton passed away at home with his children at his bedside, succumbing to the rigors of a life well-lived.
He was born July 4th, 1924, in Los Angeles, Ca. Carlton married Edna Wells on October 26, 1947 and they resided in Stockton, CA until they moved to Lodi in 1968. Their union lasted 61 years, 3 months, and 4 days. After Edna's passing, Carlton missed her tremendously and looked forward to seeing her again.
Carlton was born to James Arthur Martin and Dolly (Castle) Martin. He was predeceased by his sisters Justine and La Vonne, a younger brother Tyghe, and two half-brothers, Jack and Roy.
Carlton is survived by three children: Carlton S. Martin and wife Vi of Lodi, Louise A. Reed and husband Gary of Turlock, and Robin R. Martin of Fresno; grandchilfdren, Brandi Silva (David, Chad Martin, Christine Martin, Adam Henry (Angele), and Jessica Murphy, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and good friends.
Carlton served in the U.S. Army, XXIV Corps, in Korea as an equipment operator. Later, as a civilian, he continued as an equipment operator for the Army and was most proud to be a crane operator for many years, with outstanding conscientious service and a long standing record for safety.
He established a second career in his late 60's as a highly skilled cast iron repair technician working for LOCK-N-STITCH, a company he was proud to own part of and to work at until his last year. He made many friends through the Turlock company among his coworkers and the customers around the wold. He shared his smile and his great humor with all of them.
Carlton attended Lodi Community Church with his wife, Edna, and greatly enjoyed family, friends, and their faith.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., at Lodi Avenue Baptist Church, 2301W. Lodi Ave., Lodi, CA 95242, to celebrate the life of this wonderful man.