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Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY

OBITUARY

Leon A. Martin Jr.

April 18, 1946July 21, 2019
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Mr. Leon A. Martin Jr., age 73, of Potsdam, NY passed peacefully away on Sunday surrounded by his entire family. Leon was a beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather and played so many roles to many people in the community. Leon was considered an icon to many people and was one of a few people in the community that was always willing to give without worrying about reciprocating. Leon had the will and tenacity of a steel building, you always knew where you stood with him. Leon lived to work at 59 Maple St., lovingly known as the Roadkill Café. He also loved to share the abundant amounts of food that was seemingly endless at the Roadkill Café, where there were always dog biscuits for all the customer's dogs. Leon enjoyed all kinds of hunting, fishing, pulling the tickets, feeding the public, aggravating people, teaching children how to peel M&M's, eating junk food, and most recently-watching Gunsmoke. Leon loved animals and especially loved to feed his dogs glazier hot dogs. Many people shared that Leon's business is not only a cornerstone of Potsdam but a place where people went to share stories, jokes, gossip, love and friendships through the generations. Martin's IS a real-time Mayberry. Leon is surrounded by his loving wife of 52 years, Paula; 3 children, a son, Randy and wife Kimberly (Edna), daughter Belinda and husband Mike, daughter Lyn of Las Vegas who recently came back to take care of him, 3 granddaughters-Lindsey, Katelyn and Alyssa Martin, 1 Brother Robert and Wife Marie Martin, and 1 Sister, Dr Catherine Yack and Husband John, several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Cynthia & Leon Sr., brother Fred, and Sister Janie. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Potsdam SPCA & Chapel Hill Cemetery Maintenance. Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service. Friends may call on Friday, July 26th from 3-8 pm at the Garner Funeral Service. Funeral will be Saturday, July 27th at the Garner Funeral Service at 11am. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Parishville. Thoughts, memories and condolences can be shared at www.garnerfh.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 27, 2019

Memories

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Norm Jones

July 27, 2019

Our condolences to the Martin family. We have always appreciated
Leon's response in helping us over the years. He will be missed.

Norm & Linda Jones

Pete and Marianne Stone

July 27, 2019

Leon was so very loved by so many. He made people smile and laugh.

Jai and Melodie Lindsay

July 26, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed very much.

amber lindsey

July 26, 2019

hello to all and my sincere sympathy for the loss of your beloved Leon. may fond and loving memories of good times shared and the bond of love you all had bring you comfort and peace of heart at this sad and difficult time. God bless to you all- Amber Lindsey

James Besaw II

July 26, 2019

You were a hard worker. You will be forever missed. Rest In Peace.

Jim and Gail Baxter

July 26, 2019

Too many memories to share...and they go back as far as our high school years. He has been in our thoughts and prayers for months, and we express our sincere condolences to Paula, Randy, Belinda, Lyn and Robert, as well as others in the family as you deal with your loss.

John Lancaster

July 26, 2019

Paula, Randy, and all Leon's Family,

So sorry for your loss, the whole town's loss. Leon was always great to Christine and me, bailing us out of numerous jams and leaving us laughing and in a good mood. We'll always remember how much he loved his family and how proud he was of you all. His love and humor shows up in all of you and the way you live your lives.

The summer before last when the Potsdam Community Dog Park was struggling to open and trying desperately to clear the land, build fences and remove debris. Leon showed up with heavy equipment and made it happen, helped with gasoline for our small equipment and had some brilliant recommendations to move it all along faster.

Most of all Leon was a great friend. We will miss him.

Love to Leon and his entire family, John and Christine Lancaster

Phyllis Charleson

July 26, 2019

Leon was a great man. My condolences to the family, friends and community that will miss him dearly.

Brian Jacot

July 26, 2019

I knew Leon a little from my highschool days when he used to get me and my Dad's car out of the ditch or snowbank. I didn't really get to know him though until more recently when I helped him with some business at the garage, ending up with some mooseburgers and moonshine. Leon was a genuinely caring person who will be missed.

Brian

Marge Martin

July 25, 2019

1970

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Rivers crossing camp ... Leon’s favorite view

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