Kenneth C. Martin

May 30, 1928 - October 9, 2015

My partner for life, Kenneth C. Martin, beat me to heaven on October 9, 2015. He was born to Leo and Elizabeth Martin in Portland, Ore., on May 30, 1928. He was raised with one sister, Lorraine Hempshire in the family home in Vancouver, Wash.

Growing up, he was quite proud of selling the most subscriptions when he was 12 years old, winning the grand prize of $15 and a pre-war bicycle. He used the money to buy his sister a bicycle so she wouldn’t ride his!

After he completed three years at Benson Polytechnic in Portland, he then graduated from Columbia Prep in 1947 and promptly joined the Merchant Marines, where he sailed all around the post-WWII world. I, Dorothy Martin, met my husband in 1950. I was stranded roadside with an acquaintance, and Kenny rode up on a motorcycle and fixed the car. Rather than continuing with the woman, I got on the motorcycle behind Kenny, and we were together for the next 64 years until his passing.

We were thrilled to add Trisha Lynn and later Dale Martin to our family. We spent a lot of time going to the lake in Hackensack, Minn., where a lot of lasting memories were formed. When we moved to Portland, we took pride in the kids’ roller-skating abilities. Later in life after we retired, we raised our granddaughter Cindy Sensabaugh in Payette, Idaho. We were proud as can be that she graduated on the honor roll.

Kenny enjoyed working and had many careers, and he retired as a locksmith. Perhaps the one he took the most pride in was being in the Air National Guard, where he was an expert rifle marksman in the Air National Guard Rifle Team of the United States of America. Their team won many matches. He spent a combined 33 years in the armed forces.

We were members of the Clarkston, Wash., Senior Center and have made many friends. He considered it to be an honor and a privilege to have been made a Master Mason in 1985. He was a member of Silver City Lodge #13 in Homedale, Idaho, as well as Wasco Lodge #15 in The Dalles, Ore., where he was also a Past Master of that lodge. He was a life member of both, and would wear his Masonic ball cap with the square and compass emblazed upon it wherever he went.

Our grandchildren have brought quite a bit of joy into our lives: Joshua, Sammuel, and Sandra Martin, as well as great-grandchildren Christian and Bella Chyle.

Please make any memorials to your local Shriners Children’s Hospital.


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