Wayne L. Martin died June 15 at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing home in Rifle, where he lived since 2000. He was 88.
Martin was born Dec. 1, 1915 in Silver City, Iowa to John Lawrence and Alta Frances (Fox) Martin.
During his lifetime, Martin lived in Silver City, Ogallala, Neb., Brighton, Great Divide, and Little Snake River below Baggs, Wyo. He hayed over and around Laramie and Pinedale, and on the Little Snake River.
Martin served in the United States Air Force from 1942 until 1947, stationed in Guam, where he was a welder. Upon returning home, he bought some cattle and ranched on the Great Divide. In the 1960s, he and his mother Alta, moved to Snake River, where they had hay for the cattle in the winter and pasture at Great Divide in the summer. During this time, Martin married Georgia Evans. After only five years of marriage, she passed on. He enjoyed his cattle and horses up until the time he sold the ranch.
Martin took great pride in the Appaloosa horses he raised and his Beef Master Cattle in later years.
Martin is survived by 18 nieces and nephews; one brother, Earl (Laveta) Martin of Craig; and one sister, Dorothy (Joe) Pastine of Denver.
Martin was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Elvyn, Harvey and Lyle, a sister, Erma, and his wife, Georgia, preceded him in death.
Services were held June 19 at Grant Mortuary Chapel in Craig with Paul Prestrud officiating. The organist was Connie Spicer, and the soloist was Rae Lynne Prestrud.
Selections were "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
Pallbearers were John Clark, Dan Kawcak, Rick Myers, Don Hoque, John Fleming and Tom Spicer.
Honorary pallbearers were "All Wayne's Family and His Many Friends."
Interment was at Craig Cemetery with graveside services by Officers of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.