Martin Wallem
1969 - 2020
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EPPING - Martin Wallem, 50, of Epping, N.H. passed away on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 after a long-fought, courageous, 19-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

He was born Nov. 18, 1969 in Dortmund, Germany, son of Lutz N. and Waltraud A. Wallem. A graduate of Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass. and Southern N.H. University.

Martin immigrated with his family from Germany in 1974. The family lived in Topsfield, Mass. and later moved to South Hampton, N.H. where Martin spent the majority of his youth growing up on a working horse farm. The family also owned a home briefly in Wolfeboro, N.H. on Lake Winnipesaukee where many fun times, lasting friendships and memories were created.

A life-long, avid outdoorsman and adventure seeker, Martin had a passion for everything outdoors; hunting, fishing, snowboarding, hiking, ice climbing, etc. This passion was shared with the light-of-his-life and son, Martin John.

After ALS set in, Martin remained incredibly positive and courageous as he dedicated himself to raising awareness of the devastating illness by non-verbal communication in local schools, organizations and fund-raising events. His need for outdoor adventure was miraculously fulfilled through Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) in Franconia where he participated in adaptive skiing and hiking in the white mountains.

Martin was a remarkable human being who touched the lives of many with his infectious smile, spirit and love for life. He was loved by all who met him, it was the twinkle in his eyes that brought you in and kept you close to his heart.

Martin is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Cara Tracy Wallem of nearly 20 years, his son, Martin John Wallem; parents Lutz N. and Waltraud A. Wallem of Lincoln, N.H.; four siblings: brother Bodo and his wife Renate of Kingston, N.H., sister Yvonne Wallem of Hendersonville, N.C., sister Susan Chenard and her husband Joe of Lincoln, N.H.; sister Petra Brazawski and her husband Michael of Mooresville, N.C.; a host of devoted nieces, nephews and many friends from near and far.

He is predeceased by a favorite brother-in-law, Mark E. Tracy.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, N.H. A Celebration of Life event will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Martin's memory to: The Martin Wallem ALS Fund, c/o Renate Wallem, PO Box 246, Kingston NH 03848; or HARK, Inc., PO Box 6627, Hillsborough, NJ 08844,; or Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, PO Box 304, Franconia, NH 03580,

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October 16, 2020
Martin was very adventurous and his laugh genuine and deep. I remember riding mopeds up and down that really long driveway and hearing him roar with laughter. When it came to work he was hard to keep up with, couldn't stack the haybales fast enough! A lot of great memories on that farm.
Reading Martins obituary made me sad, but also very proud of the adult he became.
Wishing all of the Wallem family comfort and peace in such a sad time.
Jimmy Bryant
October 14, 2020
I knew Martin way back at Barnard School. Even as a kid he was always so genuine and kind to everyone. As an adult he showed so much courage by inspiring others and bringing awareness to ALS. I thought of him and the Wallem family today as I passed the old Wallem house on the hill during my walk (picture attached.. looks much different than it used to). Rest easy, Martin. You did great things. My condolences to his family and friends.
Kim Cremin
October 14, 2020
I was always beyond motivated and impressed by Martin's strength. I will always miss seeing Martin and how he saw me with his great eye contact and spoke by raising his eyebrows to get your attention. Condolences to the entire Wallem family and all of Martin's friends that stood strong with Martin, by his side, all these many years.
Mike Elliard
October 14, 2020
Such a beautiful sole. An inspiration to all. May he rest in peace. Blessed to have known him.
Kathleen Murray
October 13, 2020
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October 13, 2020
What can you say about Martin, he was an original. His spirit and humor could light-up a room. I once told him to pay me in cookies, oatmeal. The next time we met, he brought me oatmeal cookies and a smile. Sympathy's to Cara, Martin and his family.
October 13, 2020
My condolences to the Wallem Family. May Martin rest in peace . .
Tom Willcox
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