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Services: The Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault
  1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012
Visitation: One hour prior to the service on Saturday

John R. Martin, age 78, of Faribault died on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.

Services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.  Interment will be held at Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hillsboro, ND.

Visitation will be held in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault for one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

John R., the son of Noah and Ethel (Teems) Martin was born on December 4, 1933 in Dows, Iowa. He graduated from McIntyre High School and served in the U. S. Marine Corps. He graduated from Upper Iowa University in January 1960. He was employed by the Leroy-Ostrander School District from 1960 to 1969, when he began his employment for the Minnesota Education Association and he retired in 1996. He was a member of several civic organizations after his retirement.

He is survived by three siblings, Darrel Martin, Kay Cook and Mariland Kleppe; his significant other for 37 years, Oliver Solberg; nieces; nephews; his cat Booboo; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Maxine Carlson, Darlene (and Hilding) Lindley, Walter Martin and Carl Martin.

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Name: Jessica (Thomas) DuBose
Date: Saturday May 26, 2012


John was my "great uncle", significant other to my great uncle Ollie. It was always a great visit when they would come out to stay with my grandparents here in Washington State. They would bring presents/souvenirs from their travels, tell stories of what they have seen/where they have been and John would always share new and eccentric recipes! He was always a kind man who was passionate about his work within schools. John will be missed and always in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Brian Solberg
Email: brianssolberg@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday May 03, 2012


Shannon and I just learned of John's passing this evening. Our hearts go out to Ollie and John's family. I will always remember the way he carried himself, and the way he would tell a story.

Name: Millie Ellertson
Date: Wednesday May 02, 2012


Will never forget John's kindness when I was employed at MEA. THANKS TO HIS FAMILY

Name: Leila Whitinger
Email: leilalw@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday May 01, 2012


John and I were office partners in Mankato during my first four years on staff with the Minnesota Education Association, and he provided a lot of assistance to me during those years. He was always a professional, and he cared a great deal about the teachers in the Cannon Valley UniServ. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

Name: Kristine Dahlstedt
Email: krisdahlstedt@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday May 01, 2012


To laugh often and much, to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world. - Ralph Waldorf Emerson Ollie, you and John did all of this together. The two of you brought so much happiness to your neighbors and friends on Roberds Lake and did so much for my Mom after Dad died. I will never forget you and John. Thank you. The union the two of you shared... Real love stories never end. My love is sent to you. I wish you peace and healing. Kristine

Name: Fran Holmblad
Date: Tuesday May 01, 2012


My memory of John in the 80's and 90's, brings back an image of a tireless worker, dedicated to make a difference in education in Minnesota, specifically the Cannon Valley Area. John Martin was an advocate for good things for students and teachers; I learned a lot from him. John's professionalism and accomplishments are remembered and appreciated, but he will also be remembered for his and Ollie's gracious hosting of a good time at the lake. For Ollie, and the rest of John's family, God's blessings on you all.