Walter "Red" Edward Martin died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at his home in Beaver Dam, Ariz. He was 82.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Eagles Club in Cody, Wyo.
Mr. Martin was born on April 25, 1927, in Eaton, Colo., to Fred and Katherine Foos Martin. He married Shirley Anne Mulholland in Cody on June 8, 1956.
He came from a large family of 11 children, so family was important to him. He grew up in Colorado and Wheatland, Wyo., where he worked on the family farm. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. He was baptized in the Lutheran Church. The Martins raised their family in Cody.
He was a lifetime member of the Elks, Eagles and VFW.
"Walter enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and building things with his hands. In his young years, Walter was a hunting guide. He loved spending time in Alaska with his son, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. He loved all kids and animals. Everyone knew him as a jokester, and he had the ability to make friends on a dime," his family said.
Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his siblings, Annie Snyder, Lydia Kissel, Lorraine Lauck, Bertha Kissel and Howard Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Bryan (Kelli Carlton) Martin, Rhonda (Mike) Vertner and Walter L. (Mary Copple) Martin of Kenai; grandchildren, Trisha, Dawn, Callie, Taylor, John Ryan, Devon and Molly; and siblings, Fred Martin, Mollie Shepherd, Katherine Lambert, Robert Martin and Ruth Medina.
The family has requested that any donations be sent to Virgin Valley Home Health and Hospice, 355 W. Mesquite Blvd., Suite B-50, Mesquite, NV 89027. People also may leave a message or memory in the "Memorial Guestbook" at www.virginvalleymortuary.com.
Arrangements were made by Virgin Valley Mortuary in Mesquite.
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