Clarence R. Martin
January 29, 1928 – September 2, 2020
Clarence R. Martin, 92, of Crystal Lake passed away September 2, 2020 at his home with his family and loving caregivers at his side.
He was born January 29, 1928 in Chicago to Ralph and Angeline (Dzuira) Martin. On October 5, 1947, he married Elaine Junkrowski.
Clarence was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was very hardworking; he taught his children and grandchildren that in order to be successful you must work harder than everyone else. His career was spent in construction. He had his own business but also worked for various companies and retired from Turner Construction in Chicago where he was a great construction manager placed on the most important projects. Clarence would work on anything from high-rise buildings in Chicago to highly detailed carpentry projects. He was known for his meticulous carpentry skills.
Clarence was a 70 year resident of Crystal Lake. He had a strong faith and was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as an usher. He was a very warm and loving person, often when he would shake someone's hand he would pull them in for a hug. Many people at church knew him for this loving act.
Clarence enjoyed spending hours preparing gourmet meals for his family. He also had a sweet tooth and especially enjoyed sweet rolls. He was a dog lover, and was known to fatten them up by giving them too many treats. As a hobby, Clarence would build and fly large, highly detailed model airplanes.
Clarence is survived by his daughter, Jeanne Reitinger; his daughters-in-law, Kimberly Martin, Amy Martin, and Julie Martin; his grandchildren, Scott (Lauren) Martin, Nick (Gina) Martin, Elaine (Brian) Piasecki, Tom (Katie) Martin, Nicole (Matt) Roark, Alyssa Martin; his great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Kalianne, Anderson, Mila, Amelia; his brother, Tony Buonauro.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; his sons, Robert Martin, Donald Martin, David Martin, Bruce Martin; his son-in-law, Tim Reitinger.
In keeping with Clarence's giving nature, he chose to donate his body to science so that others may learn. The family will have a celebration of his life at a later date.
For those wishing to make a donation, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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Clarence R. Martin
September 7, 2020
My sincerest regrets at the passing of Clem. He was a wonderful neighbor and I very much respected his work ethic and his love for Elaine and his family. I can’t begin to tell you how special it was to grow up across the street with all their love of family and extended family spilling over to us and all who knew your family. The kitchen was boisterous, full of wonderful cooks, delicious food, love for life and great conversation! Their warmth and generosity were extraordinary and I am better for them. My thoughts and prayers are with you, praying you feel God’s immeasurable love amidst the losses.
Jill (Shankland) Cristao
September 5, 2020
Uncle clem, always had a smile on his face, he loved his family and really cared about people. You will be missed, RIP I know you are in a really good place. Love Jerry & Virginia🙏