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Obituary: Dennis H. Martin

Dennis H. Martin passed away Oct. 29, 2011. He was born to Arthur H. and Adeline Martin Oct. 21, 1934, in Windsor, Canada. He attended Bishop's College School and Ridley College, graduating from Ridley in 1954.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Roberta; daughter, Wendy (James) of Toronto, Canada; grandson Joe (Kayoko) of Toronto; and granddaughter Mae of London, England.

Dennis started his insurance career working for North American Life and then opened his own agency in Toronto. He immigrated to Lake Havasu in 1977 where he went to work for Bourne Dawn Leavitt (now part of AJS Insurance), then moved to Parker, Ariz., where he opened Martin, Bourne & Leavitt. In 1978, he attended a commercial agent's school in Seattle where he met Roberta Draper, whom he married in 1980. He retired from insurance in 1984 when the couple moved to Kingman.

Prior to being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he was active in Kingman Kiwanis and the Downtown Merchants Association, where he helped organize the first Christmas Parade and helped raise money to purchase the caboose, which is now in Locomotive Park.

He loved American history, politics, woodworking, rooting for the New York Yankees and his dogs.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Education Fund, 3958 N. Bank St., Kingman, AZ 86409-2727, and Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

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