Oct. 15, 1941—Oct. 8, 2019
Robert Patrick Martin died at his childhood and longtime home with the excellent care of Community Home Health & Hospice on Oct. 8, 2019, due to complications from congestive heart failure. Up to the end, he was just as stubborn as always and the consummate big brother, offering requested and unrequested advice to his eight remaining younger brothers and sisters. He will be greatly missed.
He was born in Syracuse, NY, to Robert Ambrose and Josephine Martin and moved to Longview with a cross-nation car trip as his father moved to work as a foreman at Longview Fibre. He and the rest of his siblings spent much of their childhood at their cabin at Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake YMCA Camp when they were not in trouble with the nuns at St. Rose.
Pat graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1959 and joined the US Army. He served as a preventative medicine specialist in Hamburg, Germany, returning to the US via boat in 1963. Once back in the states, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, mountain climbing and motorcycle racing until meeting Mary Stinchfield, whom he described as, “the best friend I ever had.” They were married in 1966, and he continued his love of hunting and fishing for the remainder of his life. He attended LCC and became a Journeyman Millwright at Longview Fibre Company. He was notorious for his rigging arrangements. He retired Dec. 31, 2001, from Longview Fibre, was sure to use all his meal tickets prior to leaving, and while a proud member of AWPPW, decided he could become friends with foremen after retirement. The Martin family greatly appreciates the friendships provided by Pat’s former coworkers during his retirement.
He also added the love of cultivating wildflowers and winemaking later in life; his sons especially loved trips up the Klickitat River to collect pine needles and native plant shows in Roseburg in the middle of summer while sharing the back seat with two large dogs in a station wagon. They are incredibly thankful to his dogged commitment to hard work toward academics, though admit that their canine siblings did not have the same academic requirements.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Ellen Martin (Stinchfield); his two children and their wives Brian (Michelle) and Ian (Saba); two grandchildren Minaal and Gibran; eight remaining siblings Sally Prouty, Peter Martin (Fran), Michael Martin (Jo), Susan Spooner (Gene), Judy Strode (Brett), Dan Martin (Patsy), Joe Martin (Sue) and Jean Imus (Brad); numerous nieces and nephews; and multiple friends from his fishing, hunting and wine making endeavors. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Josephine Martin, as well as his brother Paul Martin and brother-in-law Rick Prouty.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Community Home Health & Hospice given the grace they allowed him during his last days.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at AWPPW hall for any friends and family. Please feel free to share your honest and forthright stories about Pat; he wouldn’t have it any other way.