Jack Richard Martin, 85, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Copper Hills Living Center in Yuma, Ariz.|
Jack was born in Mt. Vernon, Wash., on Dec. 20, 1926. Following his graduation from Anacortes High School in 1944, Jack enlisted in the Army. He was released from the Army, at Fort Missoula, Mont., in August 1945.
In 1946, he attended an electrical trade school in Milwaukee, Wis., for a year. He came back to Mt. Vernon and joined the active Navy reserves. He was called up for duty and served in the Korean War.
On July 3, 1952, he married the love of his life, Helen Lange Martin. He went to work for the Department of Defense at Whidbey Island Naval Station for a couple of years and then for Shell Oil in Anacortes as an electrician.
In 1957, he moved to Idaho Falls, where he worked for Phillips at the "site." In 1977, he moved to Richland, Wash., to work for Westinghouse. He retired from there in 1990, and moved back to Idaho Falls.
After Jack retired, he enjoyed spending time with his family and taking care of his home. Jack enjoyed Sunday dinners with the whole family along with the weekly family card game.
He was married to Helen for 56 years before she died in 2008. Soon after Helen's death, he lived with his daughter and son-in-law, John and Barbara, and then moved to Copper Hills Living Center in Yuma, Ariz. He thoroughly enjoyed the last years of his life at the assisted living center.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his daughter, Barbara Martin Galloway; two brothers; and one sister.
He is survived by his son, Carl (Christine) Martin; daughter, Patty Martin Nichols; son-in-law, John Galloway; his five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Jack was an admirable man and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Jack was not only a devoted husband, but he also was an exceptional father and was a cherished role model to his grandchildren. We take comfort in the knowledge that he is at peace and joins his wife and daughter in Heaven.
No memorial service will be held.
Published in Post Register on Nov. 3, 2012