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Lawrence A. Martens

September 14, 1930November 7, 2019

Lawrence “Larry” Alfred Martens, 89, of Pell City, Alabama passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Martens was born September 14, 1930 in Coleman, Wisconsin to the late Harry A. Martens and Emma Laurent Martens. Father Bill Lucas and Monsignor Michael Sexton will co-celebrate the Celebration of Life Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Pell City at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 29. The family will receive visitors starting at 2:00 pm following the mass. Mr. Martens graduated from Coleman (WI) High School in 1949 and enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 as an aircraft engine mechanic. Before deploying overseas he married Rita Huberty on December 29, 1951. During the Korean Conflict Mr. Martens served in overseas assignments in the Philippines and French Indo-China and completed his service in 1955 while stationed in Greenville, SC. Mr. Martens graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1959 and began his career with the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey that included engineering work in Madison, WI, Raleigh, NC, Arlington, VA, and Baton Rouge, LA. In 1974 Mr. Martens was selected as the District Chief for the State of Illinois and moved to Champaign, IL until his promotion to the District Chief for the State of New York and relocation to Albany, NY in 1978. He culminated his distinguished 41 year career in Reston, VA while serving as the Associate Regional Hydrologist for the Northeast Region of the United States. Following his retirement from Federal service in 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Martens moved to Pell City, AL. Mr. Martens was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus while in Baton Rouge, LA and an avid gardener and expert woodworker who enjoyed bridge, bowling, golf, and volunteer work. He was very active in the Catholic parishes in each community in which they lived. He and Mrs. Martens enjoyed travelling particularly following his retirement. Mr. Martens’ survivors include his children Teresa Callaway (John) of Sylacauga, AL, Jill Majerus (Joe) of Trussville, AL, Mary Gulin (Gary) of Clarksville, TN, Ted Martens (Garlan) of Sierra Vista, AZ, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; siblings Don Martens (Fern) and Mary Ziemer, (Richard) and a sister-in-law Mavis Martens. He was preceded in death by his wife Rita, his parents, brothers Leonard, Frank, and Tom and his sisters Sister Mary Stephen, Denise Frank, Patricia Waselchuk, Evelyn Bachhuber and Louise Malmstadt. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to their local hospice. Kilgroe Funeral Home – Pell City


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Dave & Georgiann Matthews

November 14, 2019

To Larry's Family:

Larry and Rita were very good friends when we lived on Lake Logan Martin from 1990-1999. We have extremely good memories of all the good times we shared. Larry helped me with many projects, including installing an irrigation system at my house. Crappie fishing was something we thoroughly enjoyed. We set out the crappie structure beyond the pier to improve our results. Of course, the fish fries were the highlight topped off with ice cold beer. We also celebrated with the "occasional" toast for some reason or no reason you know martini and manhattan.. After moving to Florida, your father and I kept in constant touch. Our telephone conversations were over the top great. We always had some controversial point to tear apart whether sports, politics, or just about anything you can think of. Whenever he mentioned that he worked for the government I told him that work and government was an oxymoron. Boom, we were off and running. Just thinking of those times warms my heart.
At our 30th anniversary dinner, your mom and dad were our guests. My son David sat with them. He knew them from visiting the lake and helping your dad and I with projects. He loved talking to them. At some point we were going back and forth over something and I told them, you remind me of Frances Langford and Don Ameche. We all laughed. You'll have to research those names to see what we are referring to.
There is no doubt Larry and Rita are enjoying each other's company in heaven. They were what I can honestly say good, down to earth, loving people. They brought my wife Georgiann, me, and many others much happiness and laughter. There is a definite hole in my heart from their passing. May they both rest in peace. An Irish Blessing......
May the road rise to meet Larry,
May the wind be always at his back,
May the sun shine upon his face,
The rain fall soft upon his field,
And until we meet again,
May God hold Larry in the palm of his hand.
Love you man!
Dave Matthews