Nikiski resident Pastor Orelious "Bud" Martin died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 81.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Immanuel Baptist Church at Mile 15 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Pastor Ray Boutwell will officiate.
Pastor Martin was born Oct. 25, 1920, in Chisago County, Minn. He graduated from Hinckley High School in Hinckley, Minn. On Feb. 14, 1945, he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served during World War II as a military policeman in the Asian Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged May 11, 1946.
He moved to Alaska in 1976, residing in Palmer before moving to Port Graham in 1977. While in Port Graham, he was the pastor at the Port Graham Community Baptist Church until 1982. He then moved to Nikiski to become the pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Nikiski. He continued as pastor of the church until his death.
Pastor Martin enjoyed hunting and fishing, but mainly enjoyed witnessing for the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
"He will be greatly missed by family and friends. He was a kind gentleman. He was always willing to help anyone he could help," his family said.
Pastor Martin is survived by his wife, Ferne; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Wayne Pettingill; grandchildren Ellen, Martin, Mary and Ben; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be sent to Baptist International Missions Inc., P.O. Box 9215, Chattanooga, TN 37412.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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