|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1915|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 2006|
Paul Arthur Martin died at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, March 8, 2006.
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 15, 1915. As a child he moved with his family to Salida, attended school and graduated from Salida High School.
Mr. Martin and his brothers played on Salida High School football team that won three consecutive state football championships. He played basketball, loved sports, camping, hunting and fishing. He worked in the C.C.C. and for Public Service Company after high school.
He joined the U.S. Navy in January, 1941 and was aboard the U.S.S. Saint Louis December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when it was attacked by the Japanese.
His ship was hit by a torpedo and enemy strafings, but after fierce fighting , limped to safety in the open sea. The Saint Louis was the only fighting cruiser to make it out of Pearl Harbor.
The ship was used to transport injured military personnel and supplies to the mainland. He served six years and was honorably discharged in 1947.
He was in the Navy Reserve in December 1950 and was recalled, subsequently serving in South Korea and Sasabo, Japan, during the Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Martin attended Pueblo Jr. College and later moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he met and married his wife Kathryn Ruth Edwards, Novemeber 30, 1950.
He received a bachelor of arts degree from Long Beach State College,subsequently working for McDonell Douglas Aircraft Company and AeroJet Aircraft Industries.
With his wife and family he moved to Ponce, Puerto Rico, where they taught two years in a mission school for the Salvation Army. They moved to Florida where he taught in public schools, retiring in Lakeland, Forida. He and his wife returned to Salida in 1976.
He accepted Jesus Christ in 1954 at Church of Nazarene in Long Beach, California, and was a member of the Church of Nazarene until he returned to Salida. In Salida he attended Living Waters Ministries Assembly of God church. He was a member of the Gideons International and supported many missionary organizations.
Survivors are his wife, Kathryn Martin; daughter, Sharon (Glen) Horn, Salem, Oregon; sons, Gary Martin, Shearaton, Wyoming and Paul (Maria) Martin, El Reno, Oklahoma; grandchildren Martin Horn and Monica Horn of Seattle, Washington; Melissa Horn, Boston, Massachusetts; Travis Martin, Wichita, Kansas; Benjamin Martin, Idaho; Rebecca Martin,Oklahoma City,Oklahoma; Michelle Martin, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Sarah Martin of Billings, Montana; great-grandchildren, Alex Horn, Brittney Martin, Blake Martin, and Piper Martin. Also surviving is a brother, Horace Martin, Pueblo, Colorado and a sister, Hilga Martin of Denver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister-in-law, Lenora Martin, and his oldest brother Roy Martin.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. March 16, 2006 at the Assembly of God Church in Salida. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
Friends who want may give a memorial contribution to Gideons International.
Arrangements are with the Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.
Created by: Dorothy J. Shadwell Wh...
Record added: Sep 10, 2006
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