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Ralph Martin

22 September, 19278 May, 2021
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Ralph Martin passed away on May 8, 2021 at the Mike & Kay Ferris Care Center with his loving family by his side, he was 93. Ralph was born on September 22, 1927 in Grand Junction from the union of P.W. and Fay Martin. He spent his childhood in Denver, Colorado and graduated from West High. He later attended Emily Griffith Trade Center where he obtained his Welding Degree. He joined the Merchant Marines on July 24, 1945, and was honorably discharged on April 9, 1947. He met Katheryn Markley on April 1, 1950, it was love at first sight, they later married on June 4, 1950 in Grand Junction, She preceded him in death on June 4, 2018 in Grand Junction. Ralph was a Welder and Shop Foreman for the Colorado State Highway Department. He enjoyed spending time at his Grand Mesa Cabin, traveling, hunting and fishing. Ralph leaves behind a son, Ray Martin of Aurora, Colorado, a daughter, Diane (Jim) Dittrick of Grand Junction, Colorado, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren to cherish his memory. He was preceded in death by two siblings and one great granddaughter. A funeral service will be held at 8:00 AM, Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Martin Mortuary followed by a committal service at 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest Hospice, 3090 North 12th Street #B, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Friends and family may leave their condolences at


  • Diane Dittrick (Jim), Daughter
  • Ray Martin, Son
  • Katheryn Martin, Spouse (deceased)
  • P.W. Martin, Father (deceased)
  • Fay Martin, Mother (deceased)

  • Ray Martin, Active
  • John Markley, Active
  • Tarrence Dittrick, Active
  • Rod Dittrick, Active
  • John Bowker, Active
  • Jim Dittrick, Active

  • Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest Hospice, 3090 North 12th Street #B, Grand Junction, CO 81506.


  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, 13 May , 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, 13 May , 2021


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Mark Jaquette

25 June 2021

Dear Diane & Ray -
I just heard about your dads passing!
He was such a kind, hard working man.
I have so many memories of my folks and yours helping each other and being true neighbors.
I HAD to visit him every time I was in the Junction, and he always stopped what he was doing, and invited me in to talk and catch up.
He (& your Mom) will always be in my memory. E1/2 Road & GJ won’t be the same.
Love and God’s blessings be with you all now….
Mark Jaquette

Leonard Walton

18 May 2021

Dear Diane and Ray and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dear Sweet Father. Also sorry that we were unable to attend his Memorial Service. Your father, was like a father to us in so many ways. Always kind and understanding. He taught Len how to weld when he became a CDOT employee in 1963. He was kind to us in so many ways. We will always remember Ralph with gratitude and a smile on our face. He was our Mentor, and has a special place, with abundant memories, in our heart.
We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Len and Sherron Walton

Jane Mervine

15 May 2021

Correction: Ralph would laugh at our jokes. I must have been thinking of the pranks Ray pulled on us when I typed it. Love you guys. Janie

Robert Moston

14 May 2021

All you had to do was visit for a short time with Ralph to realize he was 'one of the good guys'. It was our pleasure to have known him.

Bob and Juanita Moston

Jane Edwards - Mervine

14 May 2021

Best place to be for a sleep over was at the Martin’s house. So much laughter around the kitchen table having trout and pancakes for breakfast. Ray would laugh at our kid jokes and always made us feel welcomed into his home. Much love to you all. Janie

Jack Legg

13 May 2021

Our whole family really cared for Ralph. He was such a kind, happy, wonderful person. He knew no strangers. We are so sorry for your loss and know he is in a special place with his beloved Katherine. Our deepest sympathy.

Francie Trigero

13 May 2021

I met Ralph through (Shari & John Markley). He was the kindest man I have ever known. Sweet, honest and down to earth. I would come visit Shari and John and couldn’t go home without visiting with Ralph. I looked forward to our breakfasts with him at Puffer Bellies every Sunday. I will definitely miss him when I come to Grand Junction, but I believe he is in heaven with his beloved Katherine reuniting forever. I love you Ralph.♥️♥️♥️ Francie

Karen Fischer

11 May 2021

Ralph was my Mother’s (Betty Martin Williams) first cousin and they adored each other. Ralph and Katy were amazing friends and extremely special to my parents and to me. There are just no finer people that have ever existed. Now, I don’t look forward to facing a world without Ralph in it. He was a connection to my Mom that I cherished after her passing, he brought my Grandfather that I never knew to life for me, he always made me laugh, I loved talking politics with him and I just loved him and his optimism on life. I will miss him dearly and forever!

Ginger Peschl (Selan)

11 May 2021

Uncle Ralph was always so welcoming to me and my brothers. Living in close proximity for a couple of years when we were young, Uncle Ralph and Aunt Katy were like an extra set of parents. I am sure having 5 kids close in age was a challenge for both sets of parents and we have many, many great memories. Playing outside by the septic tanks, "helping" our mothers clean chickens, and playing with the dogs. I loved Uncle Ralph and many of my childhood memories include him. He was one of a kind and I will miss him!

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