Lorenz Thomas "Marty" Martensen
Lorenz Thomas “Marty” Martensen of Glenwood Springs died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at Valley View Hospital of pneumococcal pneumonia, with his wife, two sons and stepdaughter at his bedside. He was 85.
A memorial service will be held in the spring, and will be announced at a later date.
Mr. Martensen was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, on Jan. 18, 1918, to Marie Copenhaver and Lorenz Thomas Martensen Sr.
He graduated from Grinnell College in mathematics and chemistry and earned a master’s degree in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Illinois.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, taking officer training at Princeton and spending two years of duty on Saipan Island in charge of repairing naval vessels damaged in the Pacific areas.
Mr. Martensen spent most of his career working in Michigan in the industrial application of electronics and the design of engineered parts for the automotive industry.
He lived and still had friends in many other areas of the United States, including Missouri, Wisconsin, Williamsburg, Va., and Florida.
He married Jean McGregor Kondrat on March 11, 1977, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
They have lived in Glenwood Springs since January 1995.
He cared deeply about national politics, civic life and Glenwood Springs. He was involved in several community issues in Glenwood Springs, Michigan and Florida, with the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport taking priority.
He expressed his opinions to friends and in letters to the editor, and was an active member of Independent Voices, a weekly opinion column in the Post Independent.
Mr. Martensen’s no-nonsense approach to life and his wit appealed to many. He loved the mountains and rivers near Glenwood Springs, and refused to leave the altitude even after developing a medical need for supplementary oxygen.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Martensen, in 1973.
Mr. Martensen is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jean Martensen; by sons from a previous marriage that ended in divorce, William Martensen of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Robert Martensen of New Orleans; by a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Jeffrey Kondrat and Janet Boyle of New York City; by a stepdaughter, Linda Corcoran of Glenwood Springs; and by seven grandchildren.
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