Frederick Lee Martin

May 13, 1935September 10, 2018

Frederick Lee Martin, 83, passed peacefully to be with his Lord on September 10, 2018 while in hospice care at St. Luke’s. Freddie was born in Duluth, MN on May 13, 1935 to Fred (Bud) and Florence (Futch) Martin. They knew he was a gift and that even though his life would be full of challenges, he was well equipped and loved enough to overcome all.

Freddie had a very special way of putting people at ease and connecting with them. His ability to communicate with kids and teach them his games was a skill that he honed for his entire life. From growing up in Lakeside, to standing in front of the house on West 8th Street, to his retirement years in Las Vegas, Fred touched many lives.

He loved to go for rides and take the “scenic route” whenever possible. Heavy equipment, construction sites, loud pipes, and airplanes always gave him a thrill. Fred also loved his people. Throughout his life, wherever he was, he always built a network of friends close by that watched out for him and enjoyed his company.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Randine Okoneski.

He is survived by his Brother, Art (Paddy) Martin, Sister, Val (Tom) Ciurleo, Brother, Jerry (Linda) Martin, Sister, Bunnie Katich, many adoring nieces, nephews, and cousins, and countless friends spanning his lifetime.

Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. until the 1:00 p.m. Funeral Service on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Forest Hill Cemetery Chapel, 2516 Woodland Ave., Duluth. Please leave a memory of Frederick at


  • Visitation Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 15, 2018

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Bob Patterson

September 24, 2018

My daughter Michelle just informed me of Fred's passing.
I met Fred several times when he was visiting Brent and his mother June at their home on Highland Street and at Art Martin's home on the Stebner Road.
He was always happy to meet you and he had a big smile for anyone he met.
My sincere sympathy to all of Fred's family.

Rebecca Krusz

September 14, 2018

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I have many wonderful memories growing up next door to Freddie that I will cherish for the rest of my life. He was always with us, looking out for us, and being our friend. He was a wonderful soul.

Edna Ciurleo

September 14, 2018

My sympathy to Freddie's family at this hard time. Tom and Val you were so wonderful caring for him all these years! ❤ I remember Freddie as being such fun and he always loved Uncle Lawrence! Love you guys!

Jean & Gary Krusz

September 13, 2018

Living next door to Freddie was great! He was always standing outside watching all the cars drive by on 8th street. They would honk their horns or rev their engines and he loved it. Our son and daughter had a playmate in Freddie. They would bring their trucks or "little people" over to his steps and he would sit down and play along with them. As the kids got older, I could poke my head out the door and say, "Hey Freddie, where is Zak?" He would point and loudly say, "Over there!" He called him " Bak." He kept track of the kids in the neighborhood. Whenever the kids grandfather came over, Freddie would call him grandpa too and would always get a piece of gum from him. When we did some construction work on the outside of the house, he was right there watching and with a million questions. He was a sweet lovable man and we will miss him.

Leo Pullar

September 13, 2018

Dear Art Martin & Family-
Our deepest sympathy to your loss of Fred.
Merna & Leo