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Daniel Martin

Daniel Ray Martin

The Dalles, Ore.

March 30, 1950 - December 18, 2014

Daniel Ray Martin, born March 30, 1950 in The Dalles, Oregon. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Janet Martin, his sister Sheryl Brice, 3 step-daughters Christy Wallace-Rivera, Brandy Wallace, and Melissa Wallace, 5 grandchildren, and many extended family members. Dan was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Wilma Martin.
Dan followed in his father’s footsteps and went to work for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Deemed a “snow removal specialist,” Dan was adept at heavy equipment operation, and was even referred to as “big hands Dan” in an Oregonian featured article. Dan found humor in his job and got a kick out of blasting on-lookers with spray from the snow blower. On a more serious note, thousands of mountain travelers likely owe their lives to his dedication.
After 32 years, Dan hung up his snow boots and retired to a life of travel with his wife. They spent their winters in Arizona and summers here on the Oregon Coast. Dan enjoyed hunting, NASCAR, and trips to the casino.
Graveside services will be held on March 30 at 1:00 p.m at Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles. A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at Sorosis Park following interment. Those who wish to do so can make a charitable contribution in Dan’s name to assist the family with final expenses. Donations can be made to the D.R. Martin fund at Rivermark Community Credit Union in The Dalles.

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