Alvin R. Martin, 92, died Nov. 3, 2007, at the Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta.
Joint memorial services for Alvin and his wife, Louise, will be held St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Harlem on Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside memorial services will be held in Redstone at a later date. Alvin Roy Martin was born May 4, 1915, the first of four children born to Roy Walter Martin and Rosa Anna Hund Martin, at their homestead north of Coburg in Blaine County. Two of the four children died from diphtheria in the epidemic in 1922, leaving Alvin and his sister Elnora. Alvin homesteaded from 1939 to 1942, but went to work for grain elevators in Dodson and Saco and transferred to Redstone in 1947. Alvin worked for the elevator for 26 years, the last 13 years for the Redstone Grain Co., and then worked for Nash Bros. Until he semi-retired in 1980. On June 5, 1948, Alvin married Esther Emma Leader at Plentywood and they resided in Redstone until Esther’s death in 1985. In 1986, Alvin moved to Harlem, reunited with his childhood sweetheart Louise (Fitzsimmons Green) and they were married on Jan. 4, 1989. They resided in Harlem until April 2006 when his health required Alvin to enter the Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta. Louise died on Nov. 7, 2007, from complications following surgery. Alvin was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; a son, Roy A. Martin, who died shortly after birth; his two sisters, Elnora Smith and Hazel Martin; brother, Walter Martin, and his parents. Alvin is survived by his children, Rose (George) Oswald of Windsor, N.Y.; Ann (Greg) McKnight of Havre, and James (Kerma) Martin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; Louise’s sons, Paul (Alice) Green of Cut Bank and Mike (Marie) Green of Ill.; brotherin- law Leonard Leader, and several nieces and grandneices and grandnephews. Memorials are suggested to the Hi-Line Retirement Center, P. O. Box 770, Malta, MT 59538. Adams Funeral Home and Crematory of Malta is in charge of arrangements.