John Martin

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John Martin died May 23, 2007 in Payson. He was born June 10, 1923 in Santa Ana, Calif. and raised in Laguna Beach.

He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

Mr. Martin had his own electrical shop, married his wife Betty, and started a family between the conflicts.

During the 1950s, he worked for the Interior Department in Palau, part of the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands. The remainder of his professional career was spent as a civil engineer with the 11th Coast Guard District in Long Beach, Calif.

He came to Payson in the early 1980s because the area offered a quieter lifestyle after retirement, but was not without opportunities. First was building a new house up on Fort McDonald Hill in 1983. Serving on the Payson city planning commission for several years allowed Mr. Martin to offer his years of engineering expertise to the community. Next came the Payson airport commission and an opportunity to apply unique knowledge and experience from his time with the Coast Guard.

Mr. Martin was also an active member of the Payson Historical Society, helping to remodel the museum, among other projects.

His free time was mainly devoted to serious car restoration. In California, during the 70s and early 80s, he rebuilt (from wrecks) seven Porsches and one Mercedes. The Porsches were all sold; but wife Betty kept the 450SL, not selling it until some time after they'd moved to Payson. There were more restored wrecks in Payson, notably a 455 Trans Am and a Fiero GT. Needless to say, Mr. Martin was a member in good standing with the Rim Country Classic Auto Club. He was also a member of the Payson Elks Lodge.

Mr. Martin is survived by his son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Yasmine in California.

Internment will be at the National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

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