Roy C. Martin, 83, passed away at home on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013, surrounded by loving family members.
He was born March 30, 1929, in Oregon City, the fourth of six children to Percy and Clara Gibson Martin. His lone surviving sibling is Gloria Martin Stokes of Maupin, Oregon.
He met the love of his life, Wilma Derr, on a blind date in The Dalles and married her a few months later on July 2, 1949. They were married for just under 55 years when she passed away on June 8th, 2004.
Roy worked for the railroad, U.S. Forest Service, and on the family farm prior to going to work with the Oregon Dept of Transportation. He started his career with ODOT in 1950 and retired December 1984 after 34 years of service.
During his career, Roy and Wilma lived at Warm Springs Junction, Odell Lake, and for eight years in Sweet Home before moving to Arlington in 1964. After his retirement they moved back to Sweet Home to be closer to his in-laws, Cecil and Sally (Derr) Wallace.
Roy was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to be with family and friends while enjoying his favorite pastimes. His travels included trips to Yellowstone, Alaska, Oregon coast and Jackson Hole.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, son Daniel and Janet Martin, daughter Sheryl and Darwin Brice, granddaughter Lora and Kenny Franks. Also, three step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at McKay Creek Estates and the St. Anthony Home Care and Hospice staff for the loving care they provided Roy and his family during his time of need.
The family wishes to let friends know that a short graveside farewell gathering and celebration of life will be held in The Dalles, Ore., at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to our local Hospice or charity of choice.