Obituary | Wesley Marvin Martin
Wesley Marvin Martin passed away June 30, 2019, surrounded by three generations of family.
He was born November 16, 1934, to Fred and Ada Martin in Fresno, California. The family moved to Bakersfield then to Needles before settling in the Santa Cruz area where they lived for several years. Wesley, known as “Wes”, graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1952 and joined the Air Force in January 1953. After basic training he was stationed in Harlingen, Texas where he served as a T-29 Flight Mechanic.
In August 1955 was married his high school sweetheart , Marjorie Eleanor Day in Santa Cruz. They lived in San Benito, Texas, for the duration of his enlistment. It was during this time that their first daughter, Vicki Gail was born in 1956.
After leaving the Air Force, Wes and Marjie moved back to Santa Cruz, California. Wes always has a great interest in wildlife and enrolled in Hartnell Jr. College in Salinas to begin his studies in the field of Wildlife Biology and Management. It was at this time that their second child, Joan Lee was born in 1957. After Hartnell, Wes transferred his studies to Humboldt State College at Arcata, which was one of the leading schools in the field of Wildlife Biology and earned his BS in Wildlife Sciences. During his time the couple’s third child, Lori Kay was born in 1959.
Upon graduation from Humboldt in 1961, he was immediately hired by the Arizona Game and Fish Department; it was the beginning of a career that he always loved. The family made the move to Phoenix, Arizona during the summer of 1961. It was a long hot trip with no air conditioning from cool Arcata to 112 degrees in Phoenix. At the end of a six month training period Wes was assigned to his first official position as Wildlife Manager in the tiny community of Nutrioso in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona and two more children were added to their family, Paul Wesley (1962) and Erin Luann (1964).
In the spring of 1964 Wes took on a new position within the Department and they moved back to Phoenix. It was only a year later in 1965 that the opportunity arose for Wes to take on the position of Regional Supervisor for Region III and with this move led the family to putting down permanent roots in Kingman.
Wes retired on August 31, 1989. However, he continued to enjoy the outdoors with hunting and fishing for many years afterwards.
Wes is survived by his wife of 64 years; Marjorie, daughters; Vicki Jenkins, Joan Garai and Erin Otto, son; Paul (Sheila) Martin, sister; Gail (Bill) Plageman, 10 grandchildren; Eli Jenkins, Dawn Dunton, Dillon Jenkins, Charlie Balluff, Courtney Martin, Wesley Garai, Margie Kormos, Evan Hopper, CJ Huerta and Virginia Swanson, niece; Aileen Wolff and nephew; Fred Plageman as well as 16 great grandchildren.
Wes was preceded in death by his parents; Fred and Ada Martin, grandson; Dennis Hopper, and daughter; Lori Kay Tucker
A memorial service for Wes will be held Saturday, August 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Elks Hall, 301 N. Fourth Street, on the corner of 1st and Oak Street in Downtown Kingman.
In lieu of flowers, the family would ask for donations to be made to Veterans Sportsman Alliance (VSA), 3900 N. Stockton Hill Road, B335, Kingman, Arizona 86409, an organization that came to mean a great deal to Wes in his later years.
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