WASILLA, AK - Robert E. Martin, 66, of Wasilla, passed away at his home on Jan. 4, 2014 with his family at his bedside.
He was born in Greenfield, MA, the son of Edward and Jeanette (Jablonski) Martin, and was a 1965 graduate of Greenfield High School. Martin graduated from the University of Vermont and received his medical degree from Georgetown University. He interned in Portland, OR, then worked with the U.S. Public Health Service in Kotzebue, AK, before practicing in Anchorage, AK. Shortly after, he moved to Wasilla, AK, where he opened his practice in Family Medicine.
After several years, he specialized in Sports Medicine which included regenerative injection treatments such as Platelet Rich Plasma injections.
He ran the Iditarod Race placing 25th in 1982, regularly played hockey two to three times a week, volunteered for several years as a golf marshal at the professional golf association tournament in Maui, and often played in the Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament in Santa Rosa, CA.
Some of Dr. Martin's volunteer work included serving at the following organizations: Mercy Ship ministry in Guinea Bissau, Africa; clinic doctor for the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; team doctor for the U.S. team participating in the World University Games in Korea and volunteer doctor for the Alaska Avalanche Junior Ice Hockey team.
Dr. Martin was preceded in death by his father, Edward Martin, and his mother, Jeanette Martin, and many friends in Greenfield.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his son, Ross, and his daughter, Emily, and relatives in Massachusetts.
A memorial service will be held today-at the Lazy Mountain Bible Church, Palmer, AK.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
, 132 West 32nd St., New York, N.Y. 10001.
Published in The Recorder on Jan. 11, 2014