Marvin Owen Martin
|Posted 2020-06-28 by mhenderson|
|Published in The Miner on June 27, 2020 -|
Kingman, Arizona -
Marty Martin, 84, of Surprise, Arizona died June 11, 2020 at home
surrounded by his family.
Marty was born Oct. 8, 1935 in Akron, Ohio, the youngest of three.
Showing restlessness at a young age, Marty enlisted in the U.S. Air
Force. Spending his first year at a radar installation on frozen St.
Lawrence Island, Marty was given his choice of station.
Having made his choice, the Air Force decided his choice was Kingman,
Arizona. Disembarking the train at midnight in Kingman, Arizona, he
was ready to hitchhike right on out of there. Deciding Kingman was
probably better than a stockade, he stayed. In Kingman he met the love
of his life, Jewel “Sandi” Sansom.
After discharge from the Air Force in 1959, Marty stayed in Kingman,
marrying Sandi in May of 1960 and raising three kids (Craig, Eric and
At the age of 45 Marty decided to go back to school, earning his
degree with honors as a Behavioral Therapist.
Marty accepted a position with The Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona. At
The Meadows, Marty found his niche. Excelling in his various roles,
Marty was instrumental in the implementation, as well as becoming the
first “Director of Work Shops.” Upon retirement, Marty’s restlessness
led him to take a part-time position at the Soroptimists, or has he
put it, “I’ve never worked so hard for minimum wage” job.
Being a social butterfly though, he enjoyed it immensely. Being able
to meet so many different folks suited him to a tee and he was never
afraid of hard work.
Marty is survived by his bride of 60 years, Sandi; son, Craig;
daughter, Tia Laferriere; grandchildren, Erica Trusty, Kaitlin Martin,
Kari Laferriere and Caden Laferriere; great –grandchildren, Maddison
Trusty and Sam Trusty; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Last
but not least, his dog, Jake. Marty is preceded in death by his
parents, John and Elnora; brother, Eugene; sister, Mary; son, Eric;
and granddaughter, Kristen Laferriere.
Marty loved racing, jazz, and visiting with friends or meeting new
people. Whether working on or around the house, or riding his bicycle
in the morning, Marty was extremely active right up to the time he was
struck down by COVID-19. Marty was equal parts rounder, worker and
lunatic, but his life was his family. He loved his family so.
He will be missed by those that knew him. He will be grieved by those
that loved him.
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