Frederick Ray Martin
Fred was born in Kewanee, Ill., on July 29, 1930, to Susan and Edgar Martin. He grew up in Kewanee, graduating from Kewanee High School in 1948. He met Bette Keach in 1944; they married in 1950 and moved to Colorado. In 1955, they arrived in Grand Junction and Fred joined the C.D. Smith Beverage Division as sales manager. When the Beverage Division closed, Fred went to work for Preston Walker in the business office of the Daily Sentinel. He began as credit manager and held various positions throughout his time there. In 1973, he moved to Glenwood Springs to work for the Glenwood Post, retiring in 1994 as advertising manager.In Grand Junction, he was a founding member of the Grand Mesa Little League, where he built fences, coached and officiated. He also coached the Methodist Church basketball team in the city league. He served on the Girl Scout council, as well as on the board of directors of HillTop House. He was one of the original members of Grand Junction Toastmasters. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Grand Junction, the Grand Junction Elks Club and the Mesa State Maverick Club. After retirement, he enjoyed oil painting, volunteering at the Fruita Welcome Center, and helping with Elks Bingo.While in living Glenwood, Fred was a member of Glenwood Springs Elk and Rotary clubs and served on the liquor board.His parents, a special sister, and two brothers preceded him in death. Fred is survived by his wife Bette of 54 years; his three children, Jackie Howard (John), David Martin (Jean), Russ Martin (Sheila), and seven grandchildren: Lynn, Suzy, Sam and Annie Howard; Matt Rowe, and Melody and Lisa Martin. He loved his children, and attended every school activity in which they participated, in town and away. He loved sports, especially golf and the Broncos, Mesa Mavericks and the Rockies. He only missed the Rockies’ first and last spring training camp.Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the first United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, with the Rev. Blaine Scott officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 2754 Compass Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506, or to the First United Methodist Church Youth Group, 522 White Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501.Callahan-Edfast is in charge of arrangements. Cremation has taken place.
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