|Birth: ||Feb. 25, 1924|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 2010|
South Salt Lake
Salt Lake County
Adored by his family, respected by his peers, and admired by all who met him.
Marty was born February 25, 1924 in Hiawatha, Utah to Martin and Josephine Travnik Ahlin who had both immigrated to the United States from Yugoslavia. He enjoyed a challenging yet adventurous youth growing up in the coal mining town of Kenilworth with his sisters, Josephine Rasmussen (Oklahoma) and Mary Jones (Idaho).
Marty's father was the track boss of the mine and Marty had many stories of riding his bike to deliver shift assignments. These were difficult times complicated by the early death of their mother but they share tales of happiness and a house full of music.
Marty enlisted in the US Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific during World War II. He was a machine gun squad leader in the 2nd Marine division landing on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Tarawa during which he was awarded a Purple Heart.
Returning from the war, he met the sunshine of his life, Pauline Tonc. In 1947, they began a marriage filled with sixty years of travel, adventure and love, dipping their toes in every ocean on Earth. Pauline preceded him in death in October 2007.
Marty enjoyed a well-respected thirty-five-year career with General Motors in the Motors Insurance Division. He retired in 1981 but remained involved with his work for many years, sustaining many endearing friendships.
Marty supported many civic and academic organizations sitting as the President of the Catholic Diocesan Board of Education for a time. Marty's public achievements could not have compared to his private happinesses. He loved flying, golfing, tennis, automobiles, deep sea fishing, and politics. He was the consummate handy man known for perfection.
Survived by his daughter Mary Jo (Dane Falkner), daughter Peggy (Ron Weiss) and son Michael (Claudia Klawe). Especially grieving his loss are Papa's Tiger, Nicholas Martin Falkner and Grandpa's Angel Baby Princess, Erica Jade Ahlin as well as bonus grandchildren - Dane and Charlotte Falkner, Sara and Ben Ridges, Alisha and David Pedowitz, Brian Teichner and Becky Van Fleet, Bohdan and Adam Klawe. Marty's legacy includes his two great-grandchildren, Itai and Faye Pauline Pedowitz. He leaves behind countless nieces, nephews and extended family including his sisters and in-laws, Louis and Madeline Tonc and Edith Tonc all living in Helper, UT; and his adopted children Jeff, Jason, and Amy.
Marty Ahlin filed his last flight plan in the company of his family on Monday, April 26, 2010. He resided at 575 East Scott Avenue (3450 South) in South Salt Lake, Utah at the time of his death.
Marty taught us that wealth comes not only in the form of money but in life's wisdoms and that honesty should be your core. He taught us to learn daily, give constantly, work with integrity, cherish tradition, and love passionately.
Marty was guided daily by the Marine Corps Motto SEMPER FI (always loyal). He was a true gentleman who loved his heritage, his religion, his country, his family and his life. He leaves this world a better place because of his touch. Michael is now the boss, God help us!
A Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. You can visit with the family starting at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul, 1385 Spring Lane.
Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the Commander's House at Fort Douglas.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on April 29, 2010.
Pauline Josephine Ahlin (1928 - 2007)
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Apr 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51774330
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