John Martin

John Martin, 80, of Staples and Austin, passed away on August 7, 2019.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at the Church of Christ in Staples with Pastor Barry Klein officiating. Friends may call on the day of the funeral from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church.  

John William was born April 1, 1939, in Austin to Charles Joseph and Ester Effie (Frisby) Martin. In 1957, John married Karen Jeannette Madison at the Church of Christ in Austin.  After he retired from Hormel, John and Jeannette enjoyed spending many summers in Staples, where he was involved in Tuesday night men’s small group and going to the sales barn every Wednesday. He was a master wood worker. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Austin and Staples.

John is survived by his wife, Jeannette; two sons, John Patrick (Kathy) Martin of Austin and James William (Ashley) Martin of Rochester; one daughter, Jill Irene (Kevin) Bennett of Dickinson, North Dakota; three grandchildren,   Jeremy James Martin, Joseph Thomas Bennett, Jeffrey Charles Bennett; five great-grandchildren, Mya Elizabeth Bennett, Dustin Robert Bennett, Andrew James Bennett, Noah William Bennett, Isaac Jay Bennett; two sisters, Alice (Denis) Whelan of Albert Lea and Betty (Ron) Soderberg and many nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Charles Martin, Robert Martin, George Martin, Allen Martin and one sister, MaryAnn Johnson.

Arrangements with the Iten Funeral Home -

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