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John F. "Jack" Martin

Born: Mon., May 11, 1931
Died: Sat., Jun. 26, 2021


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Jul. 05, 2021
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home & Cremation Service

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Tue., Jul. 06, 2021
Location: Florence-Carlton Community Church

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Missoula - John Fredrick “Jack” Martin Sr., 90, passed away at his home in Missoula Saturday June 26, 2021. His wife Linda and his daughter Peg were with him in his last moments. Jack was born John Fredrick Martin on May 11, 1931 to Johnny Martin and Ethel Green Martin. He grew up in the Deer Lodge Valley, where his grandparents and parents farmed for 50 years before his birth. Jack was orphaned at age 15, and moved to Anaconda when the family farm was sold following his parents’ deaths. He worked various jobs until settling on bricklaying as his vocation. Jack was a builder, with a gift for seeing the potential of any structure, and finding ways to transform ordinary homes into beautiful living spaces. He worked in commercial construction as a brick mason for about 25 years, until it became too physically challenging. He spent several years after that as an insurance adjustor, and then as operations manager for Southgate Mall in Missoula. He never stopped building. He built or remodeled several homes in Missoula and in the Bitterroot valley. He derived great pleasure from and took pride in building things and watching other people enjoy them. He continued working on remodel projects well into his 80s. In 1950, Jack married Alice Jo Donovan in Anaconda. Jack and Alice Jo raised 10 children together, and lived in the Deer Lodge valley and then Missoula until Alice’s passing in 1993. In 2001, Jack married Linda, and they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary a few days before Jack passed. Jack is survived by his wife Linda, his brother George (Lorraine) and 10 children: Pam Baylor, Missoula; Kathy Martin, Jericho, VT; Terri Casillas (Ed), Florence; Pat Martin (Dave Eckert), Marysville, WA; Chris Ruffatto (Cliff), Stevensville; Peggy Kaan (Rick), Hot Springs, SD; John F. Martin Jr. (Barb), Victor; Melody Sanders (Jim), Anaconda; Tom Martin (Verina), San Antonio, TX; and Bernie Martin (Jody), Snohomish WA. Jack has 19 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren in Montana, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Washington, Nevada, Colorado and Texas. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Alice, his brother Will and sisters Ethel, Caroline and Donna, his lifelong friend Jack Perkins, as well as his beloved granddaughter Sarah Blackwell. Services are scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the Florence Carlton Community Church on Old Highway 93. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 5 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Ani-Meals of Missoula or the Bitterroot Humane Association Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.

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Denise Ryan
   Posted Wed June 30, 2021
Papa Jack was so special to me, I am sorry.

Mary Fillmore
   Posted Thu July 01, 2021
To the Martin family,
Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.
Fond memories of your parents while going to high school with Peggy.
Sending hugs to you all.
Mary Fillmore

Janet Perkins Luloff
   Posted Sat July 03, 2021
Jack and Alice Jo were a wonderful part of my memories of the July Fourth picnics in the orchard at the Perkins Ranch. My condolences to the family. Janet

Diane Tamcke
   Posted Mon July 12, 2021
Our condolences to the whole family on the loss of a man we were privileged to know. Diane and Richard Tamcke

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