Delbert N. Martin


Delbert Newton Martin, 95, died Oct. 11, 2003 in Payson. He was born June 1, 1908, the oldest of seven brothers in Denton County, Texas.

Mr. Martin and his wife, Allyne Fenwick Martin, came to Arizona in 1931.

He passed the State Board of Pharmacy in 1937, and he owned and operated Valley Drug in Tolleson until his enlistment in the U.S. Navy in 1942, where he held the rank of Chief Pharmacist Mate. He participated in the North Africa Campaign, and then was aboard the USS Stewart (DE-238) until his discharge in September 1945.

Mr. Martin managed Burch's Pharmacy in Phoenix until 1954 when he purchased the Sedona Pharmacy, which he operated until 1964. He then managed drug stores in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Miami and Globe. Delbert and Allyne moved to Payson to retire happily for 25 years.

Mr. Martin was Past Master of Peoria Lodge #31 F&AM and Charter Master of Red Rock Memorial Lodge #63 F&AM. He was also instrumental in the building of The Shrine of The Red Rocks.

He was an avid bass fisherman, golfer and builder.

He will be missed and remembered by many whose lives he bettered.

He is survived by three brothers, Cecil "Zeke" Martin, J. Ray Martin and Robert E. Martin; two sons, James F. Martin and Henry C. Martin; four granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Allyne; and his son, Delbert Newton Martin, Jr.

There will be a service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at Peppertree Square dining hall, 809 W. Longhorn in Payson. Interment will follow at Pioneer Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, or to USS Stewart (DE-238) Restoration, c/o Charles H. Sprague, Jr., 1807 Firwood Dr., Pasadena, Texas 77502, or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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