April 9, 1924 – February 24, 2018
HEYBURN — passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Cassia Regional Hospital in Burley.
Martin was born in Schwusen Christ Glogau, Germany on April 9, 1924. He came to the United States with his parents and an older brother on a ship called “Colombus” when he was four months old. They settled in Hinton, Iowa, where a sister and another brother joined the family. During the Dust Bowl, his dad decided to homestead on East Willwood by Powell, Wyoming. Martin rode with his dad on the emigrant train to Wyoming while the rest of the family rode the passenger train. They arrived at that farm on Oct. 31, 1934. They farmed, had a greenhouse and later a florist shop in Powell. Martin graduated from Powell High School in 1942. He was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a medical aideman with the 24th Infantry Division in the Philippine’s and Japan. After WWII he attended Northwest Community College, taking agricultural courses under the GI Bill.
Martin married Lorraine Grace Weitkamp on Sept. 30, 1951, at the Presbyterian church in Powell and then moved to his farm at the foot of the McCullough Peaks. He and his brother did a great deal of electrical wiring for the homesteaders on Heart Mountain. Martin put his name in to draw a farm in Rupert, Idaho. On Feb. 15, 1957, loaded with three kids (Julie, Fred, and Steve) along with the family dog (Tippy) they moved to Idaho. Three more children were born in Idaho, (Kathy, Keith, and Kristie).
Martin was active in the Paul United Methodist Church, the Emerson Grange, the Rupert Co-op, and 4-H projects.
He enjoyed his children and grandchildren, a quick wit, straight corrugates, fishing, mutton chops, making ice cream and peanut brittle, a good nap under the tractor on a hot day, singing hymns and along with an eight-track of those of his generation like Johnny Cash or Eddie Arnold, and he also enjoyed helping others.
He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 65 years, Lorraine; brother and sister-in-law, Hans & Helen Muecke; brothers-in-law, John Bock and Ral Hall; nephew, Cy Muecke; daughter-in-law, Sherry Davis; and one grandson, Ryan Andrew Lindskog.
He is survived by his children, Julie (Dennis) Lindskog, Fred (Julie) Muecke, Steve (Sherry—deceased) Muecke, Kathy Muecke, Keith (Tama) Muecke, and Kristie Muecke; his grandchildren, Jake (Heather), Erik (Sandra), Justin, Karl (Kianna), Bret (Wendy), Heidi, Amy (Gerrit), Lydia, Haylee (Daniel), and Bryce; 15 great-grandchildren with two on the way; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the staff at Pomerelle Place for the loving & respectful care they provided these past 16 months and to the staff at Cassia Regional Hospital for their care during his last few days.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Paul United Methodist Church, 127 W. Clark St., with the Rev. David Madden officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Organization.
Friends may call from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Saturday, preceding the funeral service at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley.