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JOHN ARMSTRONG MARTENIS FERRISBURG - John Armstrong Martenis died unexpectedly at home on Sept. 3, 2011. He was born April 3, 1966, in San Francisco, Calif., moving to Burlington when he was six weeks old. He grew up in Burlington, graduating from South Burlington High School in 1984. He attended colleges in California and North Carolina and had recently graduated from Vermont Technical College. John was a talented musician, devoted husband and playful father. He had a quick wit and dazzling smile. He had a lifelong love of animals and devoted himself to their welfare for many years working at animal shelters. He made his family proud when he worked so hard to become a nurse at the ripe old age of forty. As a nurse, he used compassion and humor to comfort the old and infirm. He particularly prided himself on his ability to calm down agitated and confused patients. He loved the outdoors: hiking, biking, photography. He loved to watch eagles and hawks. His children were the light of his life. He wrote silly songs for them to sing together and beautiful songs about them. He was excellent at Lego. He is survived by the love of his life, Alicia Kroll, and his much loved children, Stella and Zane; as well as his mother, Susan Wheeler; his father and stepmother, Tom and Nancy Martenis; and his siblings, Sara Cheeseman, Brook Martenis, Paul Martenis, Nell Wheeler and Sam Wheeler. Arrangements for services are incomplete at this time. A celebration of his life will be forthcoming with music, children and animals and will be announced. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society of Franklin County.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sep. 13, 2011.
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September 22, 2011
I only just heard yesterday of John's passing. Today it has hit me like a ton of bricks. I see here others who I also worked with at HSCC and it is heartwarming this community of friendship that John built. I hope he knew how much he was loved, respected and liked... And how much he will be missed by all those who knew him.
DeVida Johnson
September 21, 2011
John: Goodbye, my friend. It was wonderful being a part of your life, and your music, even for a few short years. You touched a lot of hearts on this earth, and your impact has yet to be calculated. You may be gone from our lives, but your memory, and your music which you held sacred, will continue. It will be your Victory Parade!
Bryan Hunt
September 19, 2011
I've only just heard. I worked with John back in Chapel Hill at the Animal Protection Society. You will be deeply missed, John. My thoughts are with all your family.
Doug Behnke
September 18, 2011
My condolences to all my family was very good friends with the Martenis family.
Nicholas Mellish
September 14, 2011
I am still in denial hearing of John's passing. I will miss him a lot and miss his beautiful smile. He was an excellent musician and a loving husband and father and was so proud of his two beautiful children. My deepest sympathies to his beautiful family.
Josephine Maskell
September 13, 2011
My prayers are w/ you all during this difficult time. May you all find comfort in loving memories of John.Tom & Nancy my thoughts are w/ you.
Kristin Jarvis
September 13, 2011
I worked with John for a couple years at the Humane Society. It was a powerful time in my life and I learned a lot working and spending time with John. He had a compassionate heart that saw no bounds, and a great sense of humor. A great musician, too. I am so sad to hear that he is gone. His family is in my thoughts. LMNO-Pizza, John. Thank you for this and other words of wisdom that I will remember forever.
Rebecca Maciel
September 13, 2011
I too loved playing music with much fun, so much good music...memories are locked into place. He loved his family so much..that was so very up front with John...I am deeply sorry to hear of his much to early departure.
Donna Huether
September 13, 2011
Our heart goes out to you Alicia. We are so sorry.
Mark and Amy McDermott
September 13, 2011
I had much admiration for John. I saw him play at Madame Wong's in L.A. in 1987. He had a great smile and marched (or played guitar) to his own drum. I will miss him.
Rick Worcester
September 13, 2011
I have known John (Sid) for many years and saw him recently with his youngest in burlington..It had been a long time since we had seen each other but he knew me right off...once we started chatting no time really had passed at all ... My heart and prayers are with his family and am sad that the world lost such an amazing, talented, kind and beautiful soul. L.
September 13, 2011
So sorry for the world - for it has lost a very compassionate and soulful man. I first met John as his employee at the Humane Society - we quickly bonded over our musical interests - he let me blast heavy metal music downstairs which I thought was unreasonably cool! We both fought off compassion fatigue - him MUCH better than I. My time there was short but I am so lucky to have reconnected with John recently and even managed to meet his wife and beautiful children. I will keep his family in my thoughts. Next time I raise a pint, it will be for John. Rock on my friend.


Matthew Brothers
September 13, 2011
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Nicole Keaty
September 13, 2011
I loved playing John's music with him in the band. His passing is a huge loss on many levels.
Jerry Cloutier
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