Parley Martin

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Parley Ervin "Marty" Martin, 68, died peacefully Dec. 18, 2006, at home with his wife, Pat, by his side, and his faithful friend, Mocha, his chocolate Labrador, at the foot of his bed. Marty fought a 12-year battle with lymphatic kidney and brain cancer that began early in 1994. He embraced his illness as he did everything in his life, with honor, strength and dignity.
A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Catholic Church in Anchorage. Father Dan Heber will officiate.
Marty was born Aug. 10, 1938, in Archer, Idaho, to John Albert and Mary Jane (Johnson) Martin. He graduated from high school in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. After serving 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army, he settled in Steubenville, Ohio, where on Nov. 17, 1962, he married Patricia E. Hamilton, a young girl he met on a Greyhound bus on Jan. 4, 1959.
In 1971, Marty, his wife and four sons moved to Alaska, where he worked as service manager for Emerson GM Diesel and as Alaska Garage Manager for Sealand Freight Co. (Horizon Lines). In November 1996, he retired from Sealand after nearly 20 years of service. He previously worked 25 years with various Detroit Diesel Companies: Ray C Call Co., Steubenville; Abbott GM Diesel, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Emerson Diesel, Anchorage.
Marty Martin was the quintessential family man. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing with his family. In 1987, with the help of his four sons, Marty fulfilled his dream of building a log cabin on the Kenai River.
Marty Martin and his wife worked for many years presenting weekends for the Catholic World Wide Marriage Encounter and maintained executive leadership of Marriage Encounter in Alaska for 2 1/2 years. Marty, his wife and sons, also presented several memorable weekend Catholic Family Encounters in the Anchorage area.
Marty Martin lived his life with a spirited "never give up" attitude. Even in the face of his terminal illness, he managed to see the silver lining. He woke up smiling each morning, thanked God daily for his loving family and his blessings, and always displayed a miraculous will to live.
Marty is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia E. Martin; sons and daughters-in-law, John A. and Rebecca L. Martin of Anchorage, Patrick E. and Hilda Martin of Anchorage, Jeffrey A. and Jill M. Martin of Anchorage, and Shannon W. and Angela P. Martin of Anchorage; grandchildren, Ashley, Taylor, Jillian and Jaime Martin of Anchorage, Austin and Aubrey Martin of Anchorage, Weston and Spencer Martin of Anchorage, and Brennan and Alivia Martin of Anchorage; sisters, Reva Simpson of Twin Falls, Idaho, Stella Elliott and Beverly Floyd of Rexburg, Idaho, and Mary Robinson of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Marty was preceded in death by his brother, Lewis Martin; and sisters, Eva Leonard and Linda Santmeyer.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 9, 2007