Henry (Marty) John Martell Jr., was called home on Jan. 10, 2008; he was 78 years old.
Henry was born on May 5, 1929, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Henry John and Mabel Melvine (Fields) Martell.
He was their fifth child. He married his lifetime friend and sweetheart, Beverly Jean Anderson, on July 23, 1949, in Robbinsdale, Minn.
He lived in California before moving to Arizona in 1970, where he lived in Bullhead until 1976, when he moved to Kingman.
During his life, he worked in many different jobs, some of them were with the railroad, the school districts in California and Arizona, the Riverside Casino, Kingman Regional Medical Center, J.C. Penney, and he was also in the Army.
He always said that he wanted to live right and try to follow in his father's footsteps.
He hoped all of his children would also feel this way.
He liked to travel to see different places.
He used to ride his Gold Wing across the country with his wife, and he loved being around his children and grandchildren.
He also enjoyed playing dice and cards with his friends. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Marty is survived by his sons, John A. Martell of Kingman, Daniel A. Martell of Las Vegas; his daughters, Yvette A. (Gerald) Stratton and Lynette A. (Michael) Sodaro, both of Kingman; his best friend and companion, Margie Cornwall of Kingman; his sister, Elva Lund of Kingman; and his brother, Howard A. Martell of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Shane (Tracie) Stratton, Sherri (Rick) Jones, Cheryl Stratton, Kristopher (Christy) Martell, Thomas (Keri) Martell, Daniel A. Martell Jr., John R. Martell, Beverly R. Martell, Blake Sodaro; five great-granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; both of his parents, Henry and Mabel; his brother, Clifford and his sister, Audrey Orr.
A celebration of his life is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, in Kingman.
Call 530-5270 or 279-8032 for directions.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to New Hope Hospice, 114 Tucker St., Suite 2, Kingman, AZ 86401-4210.