Longtime Alaskan and Kenai area resident Terry L. Martin, 62, died Monday, July 5, 2010, following a battle with cancer at his daughter's home in Nikiski.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Nikiski Church of the Nazarene at Mile 18.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Rev. Paul Hartley will officiate.
Mr. Martin was born Nov. 26, 1946, at Payette, Idaho. He and his wife, Judy, had been together for 46 years. He graduated from high school in Ketchikan where he also graduated from the University of Alaska S.E. with an associate's degree.
"Terry was a well known Alaska licensed plumber/contractor in the central Kenai Peninsula area," his family said.
In earlier years he had been a commercial fisherman in south east Alaska, as well as a logger.
"He was a compassionate man who loved to socialize and help people; referring to himself as 'Easy Martin.' Terry was an easy going man who loved his family and friends, always enjoying spending time with them," his family said.
Mr. Martin was a Vietnam War Veteran, serving in the United States Army for four and a half years from 1968-1972. He had been a member of First Baptist church of Kenai and more recently of Nikiski Church of the Nazarene.
Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents Everett and Winfred Martin.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Kenai; daughters, Tina Martin of Florence, Ariz., and Annette Martin, of Kenai; son, Philip E.E. Martin of Denver, Colo.; brothers, David E. and his wife, Veronica Martin, of Federal Way, Wash., and Vernon and his wife, Jodi Martin, of Juneau; sisters, Carolyn Coleman, of Federal Way and Darlene Martin of Omak, Wash.; grandchildren, raised as sons, Everett Earl, Stephen James, and Caleb H. Martin, all of Kenai; other grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ashley, Shawnamarie, Obadiah, Rachael, and Elijah, all of Kenai; and great-granddaughter, Gabriel Wilson, of Kenai.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the account of Judy Martin at any branch of the 1st National Bank of Alaska.
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