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Arlen James "Jim" Martinez
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Birth: May 6, 1930
Death: Mar. 6, 2011

Arlen James "Jim" Martinez passed away March 6 in Gilbert, Ariz.

Jim lived all over the country but settled in Boise with his wife Shirley in 1962. He was a Boise fire fighter and was very active in the fire fighters union, Local #672, which is now #149. He was president of the Boise local for 7 years and formed the Idaho State Council of Fire Fighters and served as their first president.

Jim fought for living wages, collective bargaining and arbitration for Idaho state fire fighters, and got the Collective Bargaining law passed in 1971. He also was instrumental in getting a Heart and Lung bill passed. In 1971 he was appointed to be the position of 7thDistrict Vice-President of the International Association of Fire Fighters representing Idaho, Montana, Washington and Alaska.

He married Karla Voigt Wikle in 1981. They lived in Seattle where Jim worked in real estate and for American Income Life. He was also active with the Everett Barbershop Chorus and Lynnwood Kiwanis. Tiring of the Seattle rain they moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1997.

He is survived by his wife, Karla; children, Steve Martinez, of Campbell, Calif., Kenneth Martinez, of Coos Bay, Ore., and Karen Worthen, of Boise, Idaho; stepdaughter, Stacy Wikle, of Seattle, Wash.; brothers, Al Martinez, of Belfair, WA and Richard Dillon, of Lincoln, NE; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son, Gary Martinez.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the PFFI Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial, 333 N Sailfish Place, % John Lindberg, Boise, Idaho, 83704.

A service will be held later this summer in Boise.

Created by: Barb
Record added: Mar 13, 2011
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Arlen James Jim Martinez
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Thanks for being dad's best friend as young men. For serving your country and your community. You were a great person and will be missed. Cyndi, daughter of Neil Coffin.
- Cyndi-NE & MO
 Added: Apr. 28, 2013
Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.
- Barb
 Added: Mar. 13, 2011

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