Larry Leroy Martin

Died: Thu., Jan. 5, 2017

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June 6, 1943 – January 5, 2017

Larry Leroy Martin was born on June 6, 1943 at Caldwell, Idaho to Francis and Flora Martin.     He lived with his parents and older sister Connie in Caldwell through fourth grade when his family moved to Weippe, Idaho.    He married Sharon Marshall on March 24, 1963 in Nampa, Idaho.    Their first “date” was in 1948 in Caldwell when his family lived temporarily in a basement apartment only 4 houses from Sharon’s family.   Larry was just 5 years old and Sharon was 6 years old at the time.    He walked to her home and asked if she would like to walk to church with him.     The church was just a couple of blocks away.    They attended high school together at Gem State Adventist Academy and he gave his watch to her to wear as a sign that they were “going steady”.    

After finishing 8th grade at Orofino Adventist Elementary School the Martin family moved back to Caldwell, Idaho so Larry could attend high school at Gem State Adventist Academy.    After finishing 11th grade the family moved back to Weippe, Idaho.     Larry enrolled at Weippe High School but didn’t have enough credits to be a Senior so was placed in 11th grade.    After finishing 11th grade (again) in 1961 Larry moved to Pendleton and was hired at Harris Pine Mills where he worked his way up to log truck driver.    On weekends he pumped gas at Herd’s Union 76 station and drove bulk truck for Bonbright Oil.  He also served in the Oregon National Guard.

He then took a job making local deliveries for Consolidated Freightways followed by a short term driving for Garrett Freightlines.    Soon he applied and was hired at Pendleton Floor Covering where he learned the trade.   In February 1980 he started his own floor covering store, Soft-Step Interiors.     In May 2007 he sold the store and retired, spending most of his time in his shop enjoying his woodworking hobby and the deer at the Martin cabin in the Tollgate area. 

He was a deacon at the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist church for 15 years.  He will be remembered for installing new windows in the sanctuary, the new conference table in the library, the beautiful wood lecturn he built, bringing a delicious dessert each week for fellowship dinner, and always the first one at the sink washing the dishes after the dinner.

In April 2016 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and October 2016 he and his wife Sharon moved to their new home in Pendleton to be near their son Steve.

He is survived by Sharon, his wife of 53 years, son Steve (Dana) Martin of Pendleton, and son Jerry (Ira) Martin of Tigard and Grandchildren Joe, Jonny, Jenna, and Jasy.

Larry was predeceased by his parents Francis & Flora Martin, sister Connie Purvis, and grandson Timothy Martin.  

A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm in the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church 1401 SW Goodwin Place.




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linda horn (Horn construction )
   Posted Tue January 10, 2017
Larry and his son's worked with us laying carpets. Always enjoyed him being there on our jobs. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by many. He is at peace now with our Lord. I offer my condolences to the family. May peace and love surround you at this time, to ease your sorrow.

Jan Leonard
   Posted Tue January 10, 2017
Dear Sharon and family I want to tell you how sorry I am upon learning of Larry's passing .. My late husband Gordon and I had many opportunities to do business with you and Larry both residential and for our shop and always you were so pleasant to work with and I have good memories of that as well as the good man Larry was.. Sometimes even in the grocery store we would run into you and always Larry had a big smile and hello to follow with something positive. I'm grateful to have known both of you and your family and may God Bless you with great faith and courage .. May Larry rest in peace.
my love,
Jan Leonard

Bill & Donna Magnuson
   Posted Sat February 04, 2017
We were so surprised and shocked to see of Larry's passing. We were out of the area until about Jan 10th. Today, I tried calling him to have another light-hearted conversation. I always enjoyed joking with him, and discussing happenings on the mountain. I always relied on him for so many things. He in now enjoying his time with our Lord and God. Our prayers are for you and your family. Larry is one GREAT guy. We will miss him. Love, Bill & Donna

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