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Thursday, December 14, 2023
2:00 - 3:00 pm (Mountain time)
Lonnie "Wayne" Martin, passed away peacefully in Grand Junction with his son Michael by his side on November 23, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, dedication, and a remarkable 85 years.
Born in the small town of Duran, New Mexico, on July 20, 1938, Wayne's life story began with humble and challenging beginnings He was a premature baby, cradled in a shoe box, a symbol of the strength and perseverance that defined his life. Wayne was predeceased by his loving parents, Vada and Joe Martin; his brothers, Carroll and Julian; his cherished daughter, Molly-Jayne; and his devoted wife, Joyce Carroll. He is survived by his brother Chris and wife Susie Martin, sister Suzan Rinner, sons Patrick and Michael, son-in-law Buckley Bangert, and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
His foundation in life was laid in the small town of Bayfield, CO, but his journey took him through Kansas City, NW Montana, Arizona and ultimately back to the four corners area. Wayne's journey from his modest start to becoming a successful real estate agent, to overseeing United Farm Real Estate Districts across the United States is a testament to his hard work, vision, and as a relationship builder.
He had an eye for quarter horses; more than just a hobby, it was a family tradition. Wayne enjoyed all aspects of quarter horses, from ranch-bred to racing and cutting bloodlines. He loved discussing horses with friends, family, and other horsemen.
Wayne's proudest achievements were his children, who each carved their own paths of success, influenced by their father's and mother’s values and support. His daughter Molly-Jayne, who predeceased him, was a dedicated diabetes nurse, his son Patrick, a respected international lawyer, and his youngest, Michael, with time in Military, Ministry, Oil and Gas, and Real Estate.
Known for his inquisitive nature, Wayne never met a stranger. He believed in the power of asking questions, a practice he said was essential in understanding what was important to others. His legacy of kindness, his ability to connect with people from all walks of life will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him. During his last years, Wayne found joy in traveling, sharing meals and bringing a smile and a laugh to his caregiver Annie Stone with his humor.
Wayne Martin's life was a tapestry of challenges, marked by resilience, perseverance, and kindness. While he will be deeply missed, his legacy of compassion lives on, continuing to inspire everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
In memory of Wayne, a service will be held Thursday, December 14th, 2023, 2:00 p.m. Bayfield Church of Christ, 2001 Bayfield Pkwy Bayfield, CO followed by a gathering for family and friends to share memories and celebrate his extraordinary life.