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Clarence Eugene Martin

Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death 15 Apr 2004 (aged 80)
Albany, Linn County, Oregon, USA
Burial Cremated, Other
Memorial ID 149687066 · View Source
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Sept. 26, 1923 - July 15, 2004

Clarence Eugene Martin, 80, of Albany died Thursday evening.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., to Oliver Clarence and Floa Edna (Wilson) Martin, Gene was the youngest of four children.

As a young child his family moved to California where he was raised and attended school. Before graduating from high school in Oxnard, Calif., Gene drove tractors and then enlisted in the Army in April 1942.

A driver and motor mechanic, Gene was trained in demolitions, employing land mines and booby traps. An expert shot, Gene fought with Battery D of the 778th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion in the American, European, African and Middle Eastern Theaters, including the Ardennes of France and the Rhineland in Germany. He received his honorable discharge in January 1946, as a technical sergeant.

While in the service his family moved to Oregon, so Gene returned to the United States to live on the family cattle ranch in Kings Valley. While there he met Lily Marlow at a box social. They courted and were married Nov. 9, 1947.

They lived in Oxnard for a year where Gene became a licensed real estate agent and worked before deciding Oregon was greener. The young couple then settled in Albany next to Gene's parents on Poor Farm Road.

Shortly after, he began working for the Bureau of Mines as a tool and die maker. Gene remained at the Bureau for 23 years, retiring in 1972.

After retirement, he and Lily enjoyed traveling together all over the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Gene loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed reading, watching the History Channel, and hand loading rifle and shotgun ammunition.

A member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion, Gene will be remembered for his quick wit and well-developed sense of humor. Gene was "old school." His word was his bond and his handshake was firm and stood for something.

When Lily passed away in 1995, Gene learned to cook for himself and became fond of the kitchen. Gene will be dearly missed by his friends at Alterra where he lived this last year.

Gene is survived by his daughter, Judi R. Martin and her husband Jim Long of Jennings Lodge; son Michael Martin and his wife Janice of Jefferson; grandchildren Nathaniel Martin-Long, Amy Olson and Melissa Kemp; and great-grandson Todd Olson.

In addition to his wife, Lily, Gene was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Terry Lee Martin, who died in her infancy, sisters Nona G. Kelley and Lorraine Crowder, and brother Leon O. Martin.

Memorial contributions can be made to Evergreen Hospice, directly or in care of AAsum Funeral Home, 805 Ellsworth St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.

Albany Democrat-Herald (OR) - July 21, 2004

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