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Information for Rev. Vern Wesley Martin
21 June, 1910 7 June, 1997
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
11 June, 1997

Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Rev. Vern Martin

    Rev. Vern Wesley Martin went to be with his Lord, Saturday, June 7, 1997.  He died at his home in Caldwell.  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 Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
    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, residing in Caldwell.  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 Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and California.  After retiring in 1980, they returned to Caldwell where he was well known for the fruits and vegetables he raised and sold.
    He lovingly cared for his wife until her death in 1993, after 64 years of marriage.  He was a member of Caldwell Ustick Road Church of the Nazarene.  He was a loving husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
    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 wife.

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