Our loving Father and Grandfather, Robert (Bob) Jon Martin, was called into his heavenly home on Monday, October 4th. Born to Walter Robert Martin and Jean Eleanor Martin (Sterns), at the Oregon City Hospital on March 22nd, 1939, he was the oldest of five, followed by his brother, James Edward, sister, Edith Jean, brother, Neil Gordon, and sister, Patti Jean.
Bob grew up in a few different locations in the Willamette Valley, including Oregon City, Molalla and Canby, as well as living in Port Angeles for a few of his early years. He graduated from Canby Union High School in 1957. He was a member of Zoar Lutheran Church in Canby from his teen years up until the time of his passing. It was at Zoar that he met his beautiful bride-to-be, Maxine Yvonne Thompson.
After Bob graduated from Canby High, he went on to study for two years at Pacific Lutheran University, and then enlisted in the Army for two years, most of his time spent serving his country while stationed in Germany. After receiving an honorable discharge, he attended Portland State for a short time before being hired by Sears in Portland.
On October 6th, 1962, Bob and Maxine were married at Zoar, and soon after, moved to Klamath Falls where Bob worked as the manager of the shoe department at Sears and Maxine worked as an RN, having previously graduated from the Emmanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, in 1962. In 1965, they relocated back to Canby so that Bob could join his father, Walt, in operating the business Walt had founded two years earlier, Martin’s Town & Country Furniture. In 1969 Bob became a father when his son, Neil Michael Martin was born.
Bob continued operating the furniture store, along with his brother Neil, who joined him in 1973. He gradually retired over the course of a couple years between 2005 and 2007, after over 40 years working in the family business. He would still come in once in a while to give positive encouragement about how things looked and how things were going.
Bob enjoyed many hobbies over the years. He was a member of the Canby barbershop group The Pitchpipers, for some years back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He enjoyed bowling, bicycling, cross country and downhill skiing, hiking and working in the yard. He was always interested in new gadgets and could often be found putting an electronic kit together, usually having something to do with the weather. He liked using his telescope to gaze at the planets and moon. He and Maxine both absolutely loved the beach. They spent countless days over the years vacationing at the Oregon Coast and in Hawaii, typically on Maui.
Bob loved to read and was always talking to people about the books they or he were reading, eager to find his next read or to make a recommendation or book loan. He also loved cooking various dishes and liked “doctoring up” different foods, as he would say, to make them more interesting.
Perhaps his greatest joy in life was being “Papa” to his two much loved grandsons, Jonah and Micah. He loved to hear about their latest adventures and he was always encouraging them to develop good minds and skills.
Bob was never quite the same after losing his beloved Maxine on October 7th, 2016. He passed just three days’ shy of the five-year anniversary of her passing, but made it in time to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary, together again. In addition to Maxine, he was preceded in death by his sister, Edith.
He will truly be missed by so many people whose lives he touched in a meaningful way. A memorial service will be held at Zoar Lutheran Church in Canby on Friday, October 22nd at 1:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Zoar Building Fund or to a favorite charity.