Wayne Martin

Wayne Anthony Martin, 86, of Sunburst, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. He passed away at his home from cancer surrounded by his family.

Rosary services were held Monday, July 1, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Both services were held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Burial with military honors was held Tuesday, July 2, in the Western Montana Veteran Cemetery in Missoula.

On Oct. 3, 1932 Wayne was born and raised in Missoula. He joined the Navy in 1950. Wayne met his lovely wife of 65 years, Mary, in Torrance, Calif. After his discharge from the Navy, they had six children together.

Wayne worked in construction in and around Missoula area for many years. He loved working with his hands. He loved country music and in his younger days played at local clubs. Wayne and his wife, Mary, were very active in the Missoula Moose Lodge Drum Corp and Drill Team for many years. He made many sacrifices for his family and loved them very much. Wayne and Mary moved to Sunburst in 1996 after retiring. They always followed and quietly supported our Sunburst Refiner sport teams. Wayne was an active member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for many years. He will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Alice Martin; son, Ernest “Tony” Anthony (Gina) Martin; daughters, Audrey Martin-Tack Gossmann, Sandra Garcia, Carla (Randy) Martin-Maedche; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by daughter, Signe Gaye Martin, who died of SIDS at seven months old; son, Keith Wayne Martin, who died on July 15, 1989 at 28 years old; parents, Ernest Henry Martin and Catherine (Smith) Martin; granddaughter, Crystal Rae Hunt; grandson, Joseph “Joey” Wayne Hunt; great-granddaughter, Amelia; siblings, Mabel (Terry) Sain; Marie Francis Jarez, Catherine “Babe” Bogard, Clifford Ernest Martin, Rosemary “Rose” Bomar, Ruth Ann Miller, Floyd Robert Martin, Charles Roger Martin, Vera Helgeson, and Lloyd Donald Martin; and several nieces and nephews.

Condolences can be made to Wayne’s memorial page at www.asperfh.com.