Clyde Arthur Martin, 84, of Idaho Falls, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Clyde was born Dec. 3, 1929, in Idaho Falls, to Porter Eldon Martin and Hazel Lorraine Langley Martin.
He grew up in Salmon and Idaho Falls, and received his welding
certificate from Idaho State University's Technical School.
He served as a petty officer third class in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served on the USS Monson and did two world tours. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal UN Ribbon and China Service Medal.
On Oct. 25, 1956, he married Dixie Ace Bascom in Pocatello. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Jan. 15, 1975. Clyde and Dixie made their home in Idaho Falls, and have also lived in Rigby, Rexburg, Ammon and Pocatello, Idaho; Orange, Calif.; Bridgeport, Pa.; Anchorage, Alaska; and St. George, Utah.
Clyde worked as a welder at Gate City Steel in Pocatello and at Quality Fabrication Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska, until his retirement in 1995.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Clyde served as Second Counselor in the Bishopric, High Priest Group Leader, stake missionary, teacher and home teacher.
He was a member of the Boilermaker and Ironworkers Unions. He loved playing pool, fishing, skiing, dancing, roller skating, hunting and archery. Clyde enjoyed knife throwing and making and collecting knives. He was a horseman and loved rodeo.
Clyde is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dixie of Idaho Falls; sons, Blair (Paige Ann) Martin of St. George, Utah, John Eldon Martin of Pocatello and Jeremiah Jake (Shauna) Martin of Idaho Falls; sister, Shirley Evans of Riverton, Utah; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Carrie Kay Alston and Tamara Jean Freeman; a grandson, Owen Douglas Freeman; and six siblings.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, both at Wood Funeral Home. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Jefferson County Veterans Memorial Team and Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome