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Michael John Martin
September 28, 1941 – November 18, 2017
Michael John Martin, 76, of Anamosa, died on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at home. Per Michael’s wishes, he was cremated. A Celebration of Mike’s life was held on Sunday, November 26, 2017, from 1 – 5 p.m. at the home of Alisha and Kevin Weber, Springville. Entrusted with the arrangements were Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Mike was born September 28, 1941, in Davenport the son of William and Carmela Martin. He worked hard his entire life as a bricklayer. He laid brick with rhythm, as if he were listening to a song. Mike could drive across Iowa and tell you who built various buildings, schools or a brick silo. Mike enjoyed spending time with family and friends and taking the scenic route. He never met a stranger, a bad pot of coffee or a beer that was to cold. His contagious laugh and ability to talk to everyone made him well liked by everyone. He had smooth dancing moves and could roller skate to the foxtrot like no other. Mike had a memory that was sharp as a tack and found humor in almost any situation. He taught himself to text and ended every message with, “Ha”, “Yup”, or “Lol”. Mike was most recently attending New Life Church in Monticello. In years past, he attended St. John’s Church in Davenport. Mike had a deep love for his children, and even as his memory faded away, he always knew his kids. Mike will now always and forever be the life of the party in heaven. Ha. Yup. Lol. He is survived by daughters; Simone Martin, Priscilla Martin, Melanie (Lee) Baxt, Clare Montgomery, Alisha (Kevin) Weber and Lindsey (Lance) Newland; grandchildren; Jill Martin, Colin Winters, Jacob and Gabby True, Holden Baxt, Lauren, Austen, Reilley and Allison Montgomery, Caleb, Corey, Caden, Natalie and Levi Weber, Lina, Kendall and Aria Newland; and seven great-grandchildren and one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Renae Meyers-Winters. Special thanks to Unity Point Hospice – Robin, Becky and Angie; Milestones in Marion; and Stephanie Eagleburger for all your kindness and compassionate care given to Mike.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 30 November 2017

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