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John P. Martin

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John P. Martin

Salem - September 30, 1950 - November 8, 2017

On November 8th, we lost John P. Martin, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.

John was funny, optimistic, creative, curious, successful, generous, and so much more. He loved coffee and donuts, rum, gin, beer and Newports. His many hobbies were photography, home brewing, music and home audio, building and launching rockets (Certified Level 3 by the Tripoli Rocketry Association), collecting baseball memorabilia, buying cars, going to car shows-expo shows, concerts, shooting in the desert, and short road trips with his wife Patti. His skills and love of BBQ led to the founding of Meatapalooza held each year on Super Bowl Sunday. He loved his friends and family and looked forward to seeing them on Friday nights at the Top Dog.

John and his family moved from Red Bluff California, to Falls City, Oregon and eventually settled in Salem where he graduated from North Salem High School in 1968. John married Patricia Tom in 1969 and later that year on his 19th birthday his son Justin was born. John worked his entire life in the steel industry, first for Steelco alongside his brother-in-law and great friend Dave Lawrence, then Northwest Punch Power, then A.B. McLauchlan, and finally to working, then owning, Zephyr Engineering in Salem.

John is survived by his wife Patti, son Justin, daughter-in-law Jennifer, siblings George Martin, Sandy VanWoert, Susan Hurley, brothers and sisters-in-law, Dave & Vicki Lawrence, Mike Tom, Kathy Tom, Bill Hurley, Louis King and Wayne Cooper, nephews and nieces, Darrel Lawrence, Devin Lawrence, Ryan Tom, Mason Keppinger, Kim VanWoert, Miranda VanWoert, and Kelly Jo Martin.

We already miss him terribly but are grateful to have loved and laughed with him.

Please join us for A Celebration of Life at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at The Half Penny, 3743 Commercial Street, SE. Salem, OR 97302.

Please consider making a donation to the ALS Association, Oregon & SW Washington Chapter, in memory of John. Donate online at or by mail to The ALS Association, 700 N.E. Multnomah Street, Suite 210, Portland Oregon, 97232.
Published in StatesmanJournal from June 10 to June 17, 2018
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