John “Marty” L. Martinson

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died May 4th, 2019

John L. “Marty” Martinson, 78, of Escanaba, passed away on Saturday afternoon, May 4, 2019 at his home following a lengthy illness.

He was born on May 29, 1940 in Escanaba, son of William and Marie (Boucher) Martinson.  John was a lifelong resident of Escanaba, graduated from Escanaba High School.

On June 11, 1966, John married the former Lois Heslip in Gladstone.

John owned and operated his own mechanic shop until the 1970’s when he began his work as a LPN.  He worked at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility and Northwood’s Assisted Living, retiring in 1980’s as a result of health complications.

He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed hunting.  He loved woodworking, racing, working on cars and camping.  John will always be remembered for his willingness to help others.

John was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church and the Amvets.

He is survived by his wife, Lois of Escanaba; children, Linda Moeller of Adams, WI, Barbara (Mike) Rabitoy of Sheboygan, WI, Tina (Scott) Sensabaugh of Colorado, Bobbi (Rob) Willis of Gladstone, Tracie (fiancé, Lonny Popour) Martinson of Gladstone, John Martinson of Escanaba and Ron Martinson of Rapid River; 11 grandchildren; siblings, Barbara LaCrosse and Jean Lasardie both of Escanaba and William Martinson of Gladstone; brother in law, Fred Juneau; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 14th, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Rick Courier officiating.

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8 Tributes to “John “Marty” L. Martinson”

  1. My sincere condolences to Lois and the family. John was a good man and will be missed by many.

  2. My heartfelt condolences to the family . I haven’t meet him, but I know he is a nice person through his daughter Barbara Rabitoy, who is a friend of mine.
    May he Rest In Peace!

  3. My sincere condolences to the family. I never met him but I know he is a good man, through his loving daughter and a very dear friend of mine, Barbara Rabitoy.

  4. Prayers to Lois and family’s we’re very sorry to hear of Johnny’s death.

  5. Hey sweetie so sorry to hear about John passing and the pain you must be going through. But he is with God and family now. My prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Lois and family sorry for your loss John was a very nice, sweet, loving person lots of laugh and big hugs to the whole family wish I was there lois to give a big hug and make u laugh it not easy to lose someone u love john in heaven with jesus and the angels.

  7. Lois, Tracy, Bobby…(“Roberta…as my Dad always called her)…And John…my families deepest condolences to your family. Your Dad was always a good man and will be truly missed. My prayers are with your family.

  8. To my cousins Barb and Jean and Bill,

    My sister, Lynn, let me know that John had passed away, and I wanted to say how sorry I was to hear this news. May your fond memories keep him alive in your hearts. My best to you all.

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