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Obituaries: Lloyd W. Martin

1926 ~ 2022 (age 96)

Lloyd William Martin passed away at the age of 96 on 17 August 2022 at the Leader Hospital. Dad was a proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a proud veteran and a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Dad was predeceased by his wife, Gwen, in 2010, daughter Susan in 2017, a sister, Vera Catherine, in 2000, and an older brother in 1925. He leaves to mourn his sons, Pat and Bill, and daughter, Debbie. He also leaves his beloved granddaughters Monique, Amber, Alisha, and Kirsten, and great-grandchildren Danielle, Justin, Kennedy, Alyssa (his birthday buddy), Maycee, Logan, Kaelel, and Dixon. He also leaves brother Walter and sister Vivian plus nieces and nephews and his second family at Eatonia Oasis Living, including his good friend, Lloyd Adams.

Dad was born on 20 March 1926 to William John and Mable Caroline (nee McKeown) Martin. Dad grew up on the farm north of Flaxcombe and attended Tennyson School. Near the end of WWII, he was 17 years old, and with his father’s permission, he joined the Royal Canadian Army and then changed over to the Royal Canadian Air Force because he wanted to work on planes. When World War II was over and he was discharged from the RCAF, he went back to farming and various other jobs in the winters. One winter he went to Edmonton to try to find a winter job and ended up reenlisting into the RCAF. When Dad was in the military he spent time in the Yukon and Japan, and he flew over to England, Scotland, and France. He met the love of his life, Gweneth Ada Nelson, when he was posted in Lachine, Quebec. Dad convinced her to marry him, and they married on 1 May 1954. Their first child, Patrick, was born in 1955. After Pat was born, dad was discharged from the RCAF and went back to the farm. In 1957, their first daughter, Susan, was born, followed in 1959 by their daughter, Deborah. Dad worked on the farm for a time. Farming was never easy for Dad, so eventually, he left the farm and went to work for Tisdale’s in Kindersley. He also worked at Scory Motors in Oyen, Alberta at one time, but I’m a bit fuzzy on the exact dates for that. The opportunity came to build a service station at the corner of highways 7 and 44 just north of Alsask when the Armed Forces were building a base there. In the fall of 1966, we moved into the village of Alsask and dad got a job working in the power plant on the base. Their youngest son, William, was born in 1967. The service station was rented and then finally sold. The base in Alsask was closed in 1985/1986 and Dad transferred to Debert, NS with plans on moving there. However, he decided to retire instead and came back to Alsask. Mum and Dad bought a house from Mrs. Ross in Alsask in the early 1970s and they lived there until the early 1990s, when they sold the house and moved into a former PMQ on the former military base. A few years after that, they purchased a small house back in the village. They spent their winters in Yuma, Arizona for several years. They went to Osoyoos, BC for a couple of winters to escape the cold.

At Lloyd’s request, there will be no services held. Rest easy soldier.

For those who wish to make a donation in his memory, the family has selected 3 charities listed below.

Services
NO SERVICES TO BE HELD

Donations
Eatonia Oasis Living
Box 217, Eatonia SK S0L 0Y0
Tel: 1-306-967-2447
Web: http://www.eatoniaoasisliving.com

Royal Canadian Legion (National)
86 Aird Place, Ottawa ON K2L 0A1
Tel: 1-888-556-6222
Web: https://www.legion.ca/donations

Canadian Cancer Society
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 500, Toronto ON M4V 2Y7
Tel: 1-888-939-3333
Email: httpscancer.caencontact-usdonations-tax-receipts-and-general-inquiries
Web: https://cancer.ca/en/ways-to-give/personal-donation

Registered charity: 118829803 RR 0001

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