In Memory

Pete Martin - Class Of 1959

At 7:59am, uncle Pete Martin Jr. Walked into the forest. He held on until his son made it to see him. He is with the Lord now. Your prayers are most greatly appreciated. God bless


Petersburg Pilot

Pete Martin Jr., 77 died on August 13, 2017 in Juneau.

He was born to Pete Martin Sr. and Celia Martin in Kake, Alaska on August 12, 1940. Pete was the youngest of eight (8) brothers and had four (4) sisters. He had an affinity for hunting, fishing, and processing traditional native foods with his brothers and sisters.

He graduated from Petersburg High School and was an avid basketball player and an outstanding member of the boxing team.

In the military tradition of his brothers, Pete joined the Air Force in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1965. He continued to work very closely with the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans in Kake and Juneau, and was also a member of the American Legion Command post in Kake. Pete was a member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) Camp #10 in Kake, ANB Glacier Valley Camp #70 in Juneau, and served as Second Vice President for the ANB Grand Camp. 

Pete worked with the radio station on the Lummi Reservation. He used his journalism and photography skills to document Kake and family history. Everyone who knew Pete, knew he had a rich sense of humor, a strong sense of family, a love for history and people. Before Pete walked into the forest, he received a Meritorious Award from the village of Kake for his contribution to the village and Kake Tribal Corporation.

Pete Martin Jr. is preceded in death by his sister Doris Nannauck and his brothers August Martin, George Martin, Roy Martin Sr., Mitchell Martin Sr., Robert (Stack) Martin, and Wilbur Martin.

He is survived by his brother Harold Pete Martin; sisters Ethlyn Lopez, Angela Kadake, and Nancy Martin; daughter Rosa Solomon; son Gordon Mitchell Martin; granddaughter Fern Solomon; and many nephews and nieces, and grand nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at Lighthouse Assembly Of God Fri., August 25 at 5:30 PM with a potluck immediately following service.

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08/14/17 10:29 AM #1    

Dennis Lund (1959)

Rest in Peace friend Pete.  Way back when we were in school you always seemed to have a certain quiet wisdom about you.  Now, you take your place with the elders where you are greeted with open arms.

08/15/17 10:08 AM #2    

Willie Allen (1959)

I recall the many hours of deep conversations we shared over the years Pete.  You were a very special friend and will be missed.  You are now at peace!  Willie and Myrna Allen


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