Stanford Lester Martin

Oct. 20, 1926 - March 3, 2013
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Stan was the oldest of six children of Wallace Lester and Helen A. (Stanford) Martin. He was a graduate of East High School in Salt Lake City, received a BA in Music from University of Utah and an MA (1952) in Music from Eastman School of Music and Arts (in Rochester, NY). He also received an MA in Music and Education from the University of Utah. Stan was very proud to have been an Eagle Scout.
On June 11, 1955 Stan married his life-long sweetheart, Bernyce Renee Martin (Peterson) in Duluth, Minnesota. They enjoyed a happy, loving marriage for 58 years.
Stan was first and foremost a musician. As a youth (even before he was 5!) he played in several award-winning orchestras and went on to play first violin with Maurice Abravanel in the Utah Symphony Orchestra for six years and he also played in the Duluth Minnesota Symphony for three years. He later played in the Tacoma, WA symphony. He continued his love of music by teaching junior and senior high school orchestras and bands in several states. He always had private students.
To augment his music, Stan was a successful businessman, focusing in Marketing and Sales in several industries including insurance, environmental controls and security.
Stan participated in World War II, receiving the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged with several medals to his credit including the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. He served as a Court Reporter in several Campaigns.
In addition to spending time on his music and with his family, Stan loved to read and play tennis - especially with his kids.
His parents, his brother Robert Thomas Martin and his son Kirk Martin, preceded Stan in death.
He is survived by his loving wife, Bernyce; his sons, Stan Jr. (wife Anna) and Steve (wife Denise); his daughter, Patrice Sulkosky (husband Douglas); grandchildren, Heather Martin, Jennifer Joy Martin, and Jessica Joy Martin; and great-grandchild, Jacob Pancoast. He is also survived by sisters, Marilyn Martin, Nancy Martin, and Kathy Woolf (husband Mark).
Viewing is Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10-10:30 a.m. at New Tacoma's Evergreen Chapel with funeral service following at 11:00 a.m.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 7 to Mar. 9, 2013