Larry Martin 1942-2020

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Larry Martin 1942-2020

Larry was taken to be with his Heavenly Father on March 28 2020, after a brief battle with the COVID-19 virus. He was born Jan. 28, 1942, in Bozeman to Albert (Bill) and Olive Egeler Martin. He grew up in the Gallatin Valley and attended school in Bozeman through his sophomore year and then transferred to Belgrade from where he graduated in 1960. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Niki Ward, on Jan. 18, 1964. Larry and Niki were constant companions and worked side by side their entire lives. One son, Troy Ward, was born to this union on July 20, 1967.

Larry and his dad farmed together until the loss of his father in 1969. Larry decided to leave the Gallatin Valley and moved his family to the Ruby Valley in February of 1970 where they had purchased a ranch south of Twin Bridges. Troy and his wife, Mary, came on board with Heart L Ranch in 1991. Larry always felt a deep sense of pride that his son, Troy, and two granddaughters, Morgan and Megan, had the opportunity to grow up on a ranch where they learned work ethics and so many lessons in life itself. He was a true farmer/rancher, as he loved cattle and raising hard red spring wheat, malt barley and alfalfa hay.

The love Larry had for his family was very evident, and he was always there supporting them, whether it be in sports, 4-H or other activities. He never missed a basketball or football game or a track meet of Troy’s. Then, the granddaughters started through all of their many activities and he was always there for them.

Larry was an incredibly hard-working, kind, patient and gentle man. His biggest trade mark was his laugh. He always had a twinkle in his eye, a big smile and was ready to give someone a hard time.

Larry is preceded in death by his grandparents; father Bill Martin; mother Olive Martin Logan and stepdad Lars Logan.

He is survived by his wife Niki; his son, Troy (Mary); granddaughter Morgan (Lou Munoz), granddaughter Megan (Kelby VanDyken); grandson Ryan Swalling; sister Rita White (Jack); sister-in-law Resa Roethle (Ray); brother-in-law Gary Ward; brother-in-law Lonnie Ward (Lydia). He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends. His beloved dog, “Sunny,” with whom he had a very special bond, and the newest member of the family, “Skye,” also survive.

To our beloved husband, father and grandpa, we will love you and miss you forever. Thank you for always being there for us and making our lives special. “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4.

The family is planning a memorial/celebration of life at a later date.