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Robert Martin

December 31, 1937 — January 2, 2022

Robert Larry Martin, age 84, died January 2nd 2022, following a long fight with stomach cancer.

Born December 31st 1937 in Iola, Kansas, he was the son of the late Myrna and Donald Martin. He grew up in Humboldt, Kansas with his two older brothers, Charles Martin and Donald Martin Jr.

Larry graduated from the University of Kansas in 1962 with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. Then he went on to graduate from the University of Colorado with a Master of Science degree in 1968.

Larry had been employed as an electrical engineer in the National Bureau of Standards in Bolder, Colorado, for five years. Afterwards he worked in the Computer Science Division at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, all the way until he retired in 1998.

Larry was President of the NIH Amateur (Ham) Radio Club. His callsign was W3IBO.

He enjoyed college basketball and was a huge Jayhawk fan. He loved to golf and went golfing every week with his friends. He was also into Amateur (Ham) Radio, installing his own antennas at his house and making thousands of calls to people all over the world. In his college years he’d drive his beetle around Boulder to find the best fishing spots. One of his prides and joys was his soft and luxurious lawn he maintained in Maryland for over forty years, it was the greenest grass out of the whole neighborhood.

Larry was quiet and reserved, yet dependable and charming. Making friends most places he went even while being an introvert, he just had a way of drawing people in.  He was a devoted family man, strong willed with an undeniable soft spot for his loved ones.

He was very determined, pushing himself to his limits to do what he wanted despite the many obstacles thrown at him in life. He cared very deeply for his family and loved to go camping with his wife and kids.

Larry is survived by his wife Beverly Martin Grand Junction CO, his sons Stephen Martin Grand Junction CO, Dennis Martin (Janice Kefer) San Francisco CA, his daughter Sarah Martin Grand Junction CO, his brother Charles Martin (Guyetta) Wichita KS, and his grandchildren Sidney Martin Grand Junction CO, Sarina Pelkey Grand Junction CO, and various nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 1:00pm at 904 North 7th Street, Grand Junction, CO, 81501.

Please consider making a memorial contribution in Larry’s name to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,, or to the American Cancer Society,

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Starts at 1:00pm (Mountain time)

Brown's Cremation and Funeral Service Chapel

904 N 7th St, Grand Junction, CO 81501

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