Rev. Vern Wesley
Martin went to be with his Lord, Saturday, June 7, 1997.
He died at his home
Services will be
held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 12, 1997, at Flahiff Funeral
Chapel in Caldwell. His
grandson, Rev. G. Martin Gentzler of Bangor, Maine,
will officiate. Interment
will follow at
He was born June 21, 1910, in Oakwood, Oklahoma,
a son of Oscar and Luretta Martin.
In his early years,
his parents moved to Idaho,
They then moved to
Jordan Valley, Oregon. The
family returned to Oklahoma where he met Nona Burnadeen Kirk of Canton, Oklahoma.
They were married
July 1, 1929, in Fairview, Oklahoma.
Soon afterwards, the
young couple moved to Caldwell,
then on to Vale, Oregon. Once
there, he homesteaded and farmed until answering the call to
preach in 1937. For
the next 40 years they pastored Churches of the Nazarene in
After retiring in
1980, they returned to
he was well known for the fruits and vegetables he raised
lovingly cared for his wife until her death in 1993, after
64 years of marriage.
He was a member of
Church of the Nazarene.
He was a loving
husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family
Survivors include his two daughters, Joyce Gentzler of
Caldwell and Verna (April) Bateman of Victor, Montana; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two
brothers, Beryl Martin and Paul Martin, both of Vale,
Oregon; two sisters, Grace Holton of Greenleaf
and Shirley Miller of Caldwell.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his