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Max Gene Martin

May 29, 1937 April 28, 2019
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Obituary – Max Gene Martin

Max Gene Martin, of Leon, Iowa, the son of Jesse Grant and Rosmary Ruth (Brannen) Martin, was born on May 29, 1937, in Decatur County, Iowa and died in Decatur County, Iowa on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the age of 81.
Max was raised on a farm in Woodland, Iowa. Max graduated from Leon High School in 1955. He was well known for his running of track and the records he set.
Max went to Oregon after graduation and worked as the foreman of a mint field. In Albany, Oregon he met his future bride, Patricia Ann Hill. They were united in marriage on November 1, 1956. After having their first child, Linda Kay, they moved back to Leon, Iowa to make their home. They were then blessed with three more children, Ronald Gene, Kathy Jean, and David Allen.
Max worked for the City of Leon for several years, and in 1972, he purchased his first backhoe and began digging graves and working along side one of his best friends, Jim Slade. For the next 27 years he was the owner/operator of the backhoe up until his retirement.
Max loved hunting, especially elk in Colorado, and gathering with the "boys" and Jerry Jones to put the hounds on a good coyote trail. He was an avid outdoorsman. Never being without a travel trailer and a Chevy truck (because they can outrun everything) he was always ready to set out to make camp. This usually took him to the state of Wyoming. The mighty rainbow trout was his fish of choice. On several occasions Dale & Sally Dykes and Jerry & Donna Tharp went along with to learn how to catch trout. Max's way was always the best when fishing. On other weekends he would set out with camper in tow and head to the Bluegrass Country music festivals. His love of country and bluegrass music stayed with him until the day he passed.
After retirement Max really got into his gardens. Raising the biggest, fattest watermelon was his goal every summer. Making sure he could provide family and friends with vegetables and fall pumpkins became his passion, you couldn't stop by the house without a "come over here let me show you my garden.”
On Nascar race days Max could be found cheering on #48 Jimmie Johnson, all while on the phone back and forth with good friends, Dave & Paulette Gacke.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his in-laws, Edwin “Shorty” and Dortha Hill; wife, Patricia Ann Martin in 2015; sister, Mary Lee Martin; identical twin brother, Rex Martin; son-in-law, Dan Hudson; and brother-in-law, Dalbert Hill.
Survivors include his four children, Linda Hudson Mills and Doug of Leon, Ronnie Martin and Tabby of Leon, Kathy Shields and Curt of Lamoni, and David Martin and Mary Anne of Lamoni; grandchildren, Aaron Hudson and Brian of Staten Island, New York, Cody Shields of Carlisle, Iowa, Shessie Martin of Bethany, Missouri, Blake Martin of St. Charles, Iowa, Gracelyn Martin of Lamoni, Iowa, Abby Martin of Lamoni, Iowa, and Kyle Sherman of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Ruby Martin of Leon, Diann Adamson and Tom of Glendale, California, and Sonja Lake of Albany, Oregon; nephew, Randy Martin and Shondell of Leon; niece, Rhonda Loy and Larry of Murray, Iowa; special friend, Shirley Rea; friends and neighbors of over 45 years, Joe and Sharon Boord; and other relatives and many friends.
May you plant many gardens and fish many waters in heaven.

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10:00 AM 5/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home

103 NE Mill Street
Leon, IA 50144

Memorial Service

Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home
103 NE Mill Street Leon 50144 IA
United States

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Leon Cemetery Final Resting Place

Leon, IA 50144

Leon 50144 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Every Step Hospice, Mt. Ayr, Iowa


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