Janet Martin was born Aug. 17, 1937 in Mesa, the daughter of Douglas and Elwina B. Martin. She died July 21, 2005 at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.
Ms. Martin was raised in Goodyear, from 1938-49, and then in Phoenix. She was in the first graduating class of West Phoenix High School and went to Northern Arizona University for two years.
Over the years she worked as an executive assistant to the chief executive officer of Salt River Project; was co-owner of Professional Secretarial Service of San Diego with her sister Judi; and started the franchising and construction of the Alaskan Oil Company in Arizona.
In 1979 she moved to Payson where she participated in many organizations including Toastmasters, in which she won a state championship; and the chamber of commerce.
In the mid-1980s, Ms. Martin purchased and co-owned the Mogollon Advisor newspaper with Carroll Cox. When this newspaper was sold and merged with the Payson Roundup, she remained as publisher with Ms. Cox as editor for a short time. After which, they launched another Payson newspaper called The Backbone.
In 1999 she retired from the newspaper business and moved to Snowflake with her sister Judi.
Ms. Martin was a third-generation native Arizonan with family ties to Payson pioneer families, including the Haughts and Garrels, as well as the Roy Creach family.
Ms. Martin passed away from complications of extreme burns when her home exploded from an undetermined cause. Her sister Judi remains hospitalized in critical condition in a comatose state.
Ms. Martin is survived by her daughter, Kristi Ogden; her son, John (Lisa) Ogden; grandchildren, Karlena Ogden, 6, and Hunter Ogden, 2; brother, Douglas K. Martin; and sister, Judith Burlando (Lloyd) Dickson.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 30 at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery. A reception will follow at Albert and Charlene Hunt's residence at 203A W. Airport Road.
The family asks that donations in Ms. Martin's memory be made to RTA Hospice Foundation, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.