Charles Martin Jr.

Nov. 29, 1923 – July 4, 2007

Charles Gregor Martin Jr., 83, of Sweet Home, died July 4, 2007 at Albany General Hospital. He was born in Dickinson, N.D. to Charles Gregor and Beatrice (Wanner) Martin.

Mr. Martin was a U.S. Army medic during World War II in the Philippines. He was a Purple Heart recipient.

During his life, he lived in Dickinson, Seattle, and in Sweet Home since 1975.

He worked with his father and mother on their ranch in Dickinson when he was young. He graduated from high school in Dickinson and attended college for one year before being drafted into the Army. After his discharge from the military, he worked construction jobs in Washington State. Later, he worked for the city of Seattle as a firefighter until he retired in 1975.

He enjoyed working with his hands. He built a family cabin at Maggie Lake from scrap materials he collected during his moonlighting in construction while being a firefighter. In his early years he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He was a good clam digger and oyster shucker and cooker on Hood Canal, Wash.

Later he enjoyed traveling with his wife Louella to Quartzsite, Arizona and “snow birding” with friends from Sweet Home. He and his wife Louella were founding board members and active volunteers and supporters of the Sweet Home Boys and Girls Club.

Most recently he enjoyed cruising various locations with his close friend Norma Cain.

Mr. Martin is survived by four children, Kathleen Brockway of La Connor, Wash., Charlene Mason of Sweet Home, Charles Martin Jr. of Federal Way, Wash., and Craig Martin of Sweet Home; a stepchild, Mickey Pfab of Seattle, Wash.; one sister, Bernice Olson of Indio, Calif; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Louella Martin; brothers, Edgar and Don Martin, and sister, Mercedes Schmaltz.

A funeral service was held July 9 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.