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Lawrence (Larry) Martin

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:40 pm
by Board Admin
Obituary for Lawrence (Larry) Martin
Lawrence (Larry) Martin, 70, Spearfish, SD passed away February 2 at the Dorset Home, Spearfish.

Larry was born March 1947 in Spearfish to Tracy and Ethel Martin. He graduated from Rapid City High School in 1965. He served in the Navy from 1965-1975 on the submarine USS James Madison. Larry joined the IBEW in 1975. He spent much of his career as an electrician in the Bureau of Reclamation on the Grand Coulee, Davis, Fort Randall and Parker Dams. He retired in 2008.

Larry was a member of the American Legion and the VFW organizations. He was also an avid NASCAR fan.

Larry is survived by brothers George (Sue Hall-Martin) Martin, Spearfish, SD, Don (Peggy) Martin, St. Paul, MN, and Rod (Joan) Martin, Rapid City, SD. He is also survived by two nieces, three nephews, one great nephew,and one great niece. Larry leaves many cousins and life-long friends.

A Celebration of Life/Wake will held at Norm’s Scoreboard in Spearfish on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 1-4. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Spearfish Veterans Monument, P.O. Box 1072, Spearfish, SD. (

Re: Lawrence (Larry) Martin

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:17 am
by JT-STS627g
Very sad news. "Marty" was my sonar supervisor through Poseidon conversion, combined-crew and 6 patrols out of Holy Loch. He always reminded me of my "older brother". The 4 years I was on the Madison, Marty was always there. I am so glad I got to see him again at the 2004 reunion in Charleston and share a drink or two. We confided many secrets while standing sonar watches. I carried a lot of cups of coffee to the sonar shack for me and Marty. A lot of good times and unforgetable memories. He was a good guy, friend and great shipmate. He will be missed. Rest now sailor. JT

Re: Lawrence (Larry) Martin

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:03 pm
I received word from Larry's brother Don that Larry interment ceremony will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery on May 11. They are meeting in Spearfish at 10:00 and will proceed to the Cemetery with a motorcycle escort for the interment. There is a lunch scheduled at Killian's afterword. I will keep the site posted if anything changes TERRY "DINGUS" DUHN STS2SS SSBN 627 Gold

Re: Lawrence (Larry) Martin

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:45 am
by JT-STS627g
Thanks for the information Terry. Sounds like a fitting tribute. I know it has to be especially sad for you. I think you spent a lot of time with Marty during the off-crews. I've been thinking a lot about Marty lately, and could probably write a book about time on watch in the sonar shack. Marty will surely be missed by everyone who knew him. JT