Edwin Laurent Martin | Obituary


Shaw & Sons Funeral Home

Edwin Lawrence Martin passed away on September 8, 2021, surrounded by love and family.

Ed was born December 31, 1933, in the back room of a tiny house in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, he graduated from high school in Molalla, Ore., Before attending Northwest Christian College to study ministry. This is where Ed met Marian Jean Robnett. Together, they shared 64 years of marriage as the greatest cheerleaders, support staff, and the kind of best friends that only love and time create.

Ed’s faith has fueled over 40 years in the ministry. From St. John to Yakima (including 18 years at the First Christian Church of Yakima), he delivered impressive, personally inspiring, thoughtful and not too long sermons. He attempted to retire in 1998, but quickly returned to work. Ed didn’t want to stop talking. He was the accomplished “human person” and accepted everyone.

Ed was a prolific poet with a talent for rhyme and a mixture of humor, sweet and deep. A favorite reads:

Funny how the mind takes notice,

Of memories through the years

The good, the bad, the in-between

Like clippings from a file.

One by one we take them out,

And look at them softly

They all reach deep in our hearts

And makes us stronger, more daring.

He loved stones, coins, dahlias, sports, music, singing in the Camerata Men’s Choir and living in Rexford Manor for the past 5 years. He loved all dogs, camping in bulky tents or rickety tent trailers, beach vacations and board games. He was a fierce competitor and wouldn’t hesitate playing Spoons to knock you off your chair and grab one with your hand. He set up lawn chairs for himself and his mother at each of their children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, and sometimes even in training.

Most of all, Ed loved his family. His wife Marian, his children: Larry, Mary Lea, Brian and Wendy, his grandchildren: Karen, Haley, Tracy, Emily, Jackson and Mason, and his great-grandson Owen. Plus, Susan, Dave, Seneca, Andy, Kyle, Ethan and all generations of the extended family. His parents and siblings Gwen, Eugene, Otis and Marion all preceded him, but he is survived by his dear older brother Ellis.

Life is a precious time in the universe, and he would like us all to live each day graciously, humbly, and dedicated to helping others.

A private funeral at Terrace Heights Memorial Park will be followed by a celebratory memorial service at Englewood Christian Church on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Covid protocols and a live streaming option will be in place. Shaw & Sons Funeral Home takes care of the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

If you would like to donate in Ed’s honor, please consider donating to Week of Compassion – Martin Family Memorial Fund, Christian Church Foundation, PO Box 1007, Indianapolis, IN 46206 or The Camerata Club of Yakima, https : //www.yakimacamerataclub. org / contribute.


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