Wolf Point Herald

Duane Martin

Duane Doyle Martin, 64, of the Mona community, died in Billings Sept. 20, 2013.


He was born March 3, 1949, in Sidney and was the fourth of five children born to Harold and Edith (Danielson) Martin.  He began his education at Mona School and, upon completing primary school, attended high school in Lambert where he met his future wife, Petrea Pedersen. After finishing two years at Lambert High School, he transferred to complete his education in Culbertson.


Though he left Lambert, he continued to court


Petrea and they were married in 1967. While attending Northern Montana College, they adopted their oldest son, Jamie, in 1970. After earning his bachelor’s degree in education, he accepted a position teaching math and science at the East Fairview School.


In January 1972, they welcomed their second son, Jody. Though not in his original plans, Duane made a decision, after teaching for about three years, to move out to help his father on the farm. Completing the family, Coy joined the Martin farm in 1978 and Duane continued to work the land even as his health began to fail.  


He nurtured the land God gave him and treated each crop like a newborn baby, checking it daily as it sprouted, grew and matured. He spent many hours not only caring for his livestock, but watching their behavior and knew each cow and calf and what to expect from them. He experienced much adversity but reacted with tenacity and persistence. He was a true farmer, never wanting to leave the place where he was raised and where he found his calling. He held his sons to higher ideals and gave them the example of a good work ethic.


He was quiet and private, holding much in his heart and mind, providing only glimpses to a few people of his depth of character. The last few months of his life were difficult and he took particular pride in his determination to seed his crop and care for his newborn calves this spring.


He served on the Fairview School board, was a member of the Sidney Elks Club, the Church of Christ and went to Washington with a delegation to rally support for farm issues. He drove the school bus for many years. Unknown to many, he was an exceptional musician and singer.


He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald.


He is survived by his wife, Petrea; sons, Jamie  Martin of Billings, Jody  Martin of Muscatine, Iowa, and Coy Martin of Billings; brother, Darold Martin of Great Fall; sisters, Marlene Kelly of Three Forks and Marilyn Johnston of Culbertson; and eight grandchildren.


Funeral services were held outside at the Mona Church Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m., with Bryan Johnston officiating. Interment was in the Mona Cemetery.