Martin Bernard Marks was born January 25, 1921 to August Marks and Olga Kitzman in Underwood, North Dakota. Martin died peacefully March 7,2014 at 8:06 P.M. in his home with his children around him, of old age.
The whole family moved to Southern California in 1938, from Underwood North Dakota. After Graduation from High School he spent some time in Balboa and Laguna Beach. When South Coast Shipbuilding in Newport was given contracts to build Mine sweeps and Aircraft Rescue Boats, he went to work in their Personal Department until it was time to enter the service. This was 1943. He was married to Wanda Mae Wood and had a son Christopher.
His stint in the military lasted until February 7th, 1946. He served in the 319th Infantry under Patton's 3rd Army leading a platoon into combat at the Battle of the Bulge.
He received four stars, a Purple Heart with clusters,the Bronze Star, and a few other things , but the best of all was a welcome Honored Discharge. .After the shooting in 1945 he transferred to the Intelligence Section and served in Army of Occupation until his discharge. Ending the last few months as a Security Agent in Nuremberg for the War Crime Trials Commission.
Upon returning he decided not to go back to the Southern California, instead he started looking around and ended up in the small town of Rio Dell, California in the heart of the Redwoods. He bought, sold and delivered Redwood Products to the Central Valley. He brought alfalfa back and sold it to the Dairy Ranchers.
On January 4th, 1947 he went to work for the largest Redwood Timber and Lumber Company in the world, Pacific Lumber Company in Scotia, California. Over the years he held the positions of Efficiency Expert, Industrial Engineer, Coast Supervisor, Director of Accident Prevention. Holding the last three for the last 12 years prior to retirement..
He received a Legislative Commendation on April 1, 1982. After retiring, he and second wife, Florence Daetwiler ( the love of his life) traveled over 86,000 miles outside of California. They covered all of the Continent north of Carbo San Lucas and Guymas, Mexico They traveled by plane, train, car, and pulled a trailer with a pickup. They traveled at least three months out of the year. They also remained active in. their church, Fortuna Lutheran Church, and Community Activities. The Lord blessed him with good health, a large family. What more could he ask for.
He was Married to Rita Wortman the last seven years of this life. They traveled widely for two years till Rita was no longer able to travel. Martin is survived by his three Children, six step-children, and numerous Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Services will be held this Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church on 2132 Smith Lane-Fortuna, California at 1:00 P.M.. Following service there will a burial at Sunshine Cemetery with full Military Honors at 2:00 P.M.. Afterwords there will be a brunch and visit time at the Church.
A special thanks for Gobles Mortuary for all their help and Hospice of Humboldt for the comfort they gave. Instead of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or Hospice.