John “Bud” Junior Martin, age 87, passed away on Oct. 27, 2013 in Colville. John was born on March 15, 1926 in Gifford, the son of John and Marie (Gregerson) Martin.
John was raised and attended school in Gifford and Hunters. He graduated in 1946. He married Bertie Tayloe on May 27, 1951 and together they moved to Everett, where he was employed at Boeing. Later, they returned to Colville and John began working at the Dallas Garage as a mechanic. With his experience in mechanics, he transferred to Colville Valley Concrete and later to Chopot’s Lumber Company.
John completed his working career at Colmac Industries, where he retired in 1992. John began a relaxing retirement, mostly in the outdoors, on the hunt for mushrooms or picking huckleberries.
John was an avid stock car racer at local tracks and spent many hours building up several cars. He had a deep love for his family and included them in many of the local racing events. Bud and Bertie were avid NASCAR fans and followed their favorites. They spent many hours on hard benches watching their grandchildren’s sporting events. Bud also enjoyed a beautiful day carving the snow on his snowmobile. Throughout the years, he would take time in the fall, hunting for grouse and deer.
John’s family will never forget the great love that he showed to them or the memories he left in their hearts.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertie; his parents; grandson, Shawn Martin.
John is survived by his daughter, Colette Vally and husband, David, Colville; sons, Randy Martin and wife, Patty, Ione; Craig Martin, Kettle Falls; Barry Martin and wife, Beth, Aurora, OR; sisters, Janell Rivinius and husband, Arnold, Red Bluff, CA; Eileen Jeanneret, Newman Lake; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for Mr. Martin was held Nov. 5 at the Danekas Funeral Chapel, with a graveside service following at Mountain View Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the National Rifle Association.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.