Martin Joseph Weideman

Martin Joseph Weideman

Martin Joseph Weideman, 89, of Kent, WA passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Martin was born March 19, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA. He joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 on April 14, 1941 and served until Nov 11, 1945. Martin graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA and married Patrica Dye on April 4, 1953.

Among the many positions held, primarily he was an advocate for human rights. In Eugene, OR, he was appointed to city's Human Rights Council. He later served as a regional advocacy director in Seattle, WA for a veterans' organization. In this position, Martin traveled extensively throughout the northwestern states and frequently to Washington, DC to promote elimination of architectural, employment, and educational barriers that historically prevented disabled people from mainstreaming into society. Martin also entered the political arena in King County, WA, serving on the Water Quality Commission.

Martin was very active in Rotary International throughout his long life and was also a long time member of the World Future Society.

Martin was preceded in death by his wife Pat in May, 2013. He is survived by a daughter, Judy Risch of Manitowac, WI, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a cousin, Kathe Weidemann of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Services will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA on Friday, October 25, at 2pm.

Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2013