Larry John Martin beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend went home to our heavenly Father after a strong fight with cancer. Larry was born on November 5, 1941 to John K. and Clara A. (Tramp) Martin in Harvey, ND and died December 30, 2017 at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck. Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018, at 12:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Bismarck. Cremation has taken place.
He grew up on farms his father worked on in the Denhoff, ND and Goodrich, ND areas and attended country schools and Goodrich Public Schools. Larry and his friends had many interesting times and adventures. Many of these friends became extended family and lifelong friends. As a youth, Larry was active in the Boy Scouts and traveled to Minnesota for camping and competed in many places in North Dakota.
After leaving school, Larry traveled with his dad and friends working for construction firms doing various jobs. He ended up working with the rock crusher for road construction. In 1964, Larry was drafted into the Army. After completing training he served in Korea working with the rock crusher building roads. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1966.
Larry married Charlotte Hawley in 1967. Their family grew to include a son and a daughter. The family lived in various cities in North Dakota and Miles City, MT. He worked in various jobs during his lifetime. In 1984 Larry and Charlotte moved to the Bismarck Mandan area. Larry retired from the State of North Dakota in 2007 to care for Charlotte. He was also a long time employee/member of First Baptist Church in Bismarck.
Before being diagnosed with cancer in July of 2017, Larry enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. Over the years he enjoyed attending activities for his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed holiday get-togethers with Thanksgiving being his favorite. He had a great sense of humor and joked with his medical care givers right up to the end. Larry enjoyed gardening and classic cars.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the care and kindness from the staff in the Oncology Department at Mid Dakota Clinic and the nursing staff at St. Alexius Transitional Care Unit.
Larry is survived by his wife, Charlotte, Bismarck; son, Larry Jay (Kathryn), Mandan; daughter, Colette (Brian) McKee, Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Caitlin Martin Fargo, Brandon Martin, Mandan, Alexia McKee, Erica McKee, and Samantha McKee all of Seattle, WA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, foster-uncle, Roy Sperry and son, Thomas.