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John Richard Martin

John Richard Martin, age 54, of Sauk Rapids, formerly of Annandale and Dassel, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at the Good Shepherd Community Home in Sauk Rapids.

He was born Oct. 3, 1952 at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, the son of Richard and Marcella “Sally” (Scribner) Martin. At the age of six weeks, the family moved to San Diego, Calif., where they lived until John was 12 years old. At that time, they moved back to Dassel, and in 1970, John graduated from the Dassel High School.

John was united in marriage to Rebecca Reinhold in 1983 at her parents’ home on Lake Washington. Together, they made their home in Annandale, where they raised their children.

Proficient in many professions, John farmed with his father, drove truck, worked in road construction, and had worked for Miller Manufacturing in Dassel for many years.

He had a gentle soul, and loved to spend time with family and friends. John enjoyed the times that he was able to go fishing or just watch all of God’s creatures.

John had a long, brave struggle with liver disease and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his two sons, Tyler Martin of Monticello, and Sean Martin of Arvada, Colo.; friend and former wife, Rebecca Martin of Annandale, and her daughter, Jamaica DelMar of Hopkins; mother Marcella (Sally) Martin of Dassel; sister Janice (Tom) Manning of Litchfield; and several nephews and great nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father, Richard Martin; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

A memorial service took place Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin. Inurnment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Litchfield.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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