Jack R. Martin

April 9, 1934April 2, 2013
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Jack R. Martin Waterloo

Jack R. Martin, 78, formerly of Waukee, died peacefully April 2, 2013 at Cedar Valley Hospice in Waterloo. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines with burial at Waukee Cemetery at a later date.

Jack was born April 9, 1934 in Waukee, IA to George and Josephine Martin. He graduated from Waukee High School in 1952 and served in the Army during the Korean War. Upon his return he worked at the Garland Elevator in Waukee and eventually moved into farming until his retirement. Jack married Carol J. Blair, and they later divorced. They remained close and continued their lives together until Carol’s death in October 2009.

Jack is survived by two daughters, Kathy Martin of Waterloo and Bridget (Jack) Arrasmith of West Des Moines; granddaughter, Madison Arrasmith; brother, Gale; and sister, Sandy Lester. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dale.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at McLaren’s Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice, 2001 Kimball Ave., Waterloo, IA 50702.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 6, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, April 5, 2013

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April 12, 2013

Jack was one of the first people we met when we moved to Waukee in 1993, and he made us feel right at home here. He farmed the ground around our house, and would often stop to chat and have a glass of tea at the end of his work day. His sweet corn was out of this world! So sad to hear of his passing, my prayers are with his whole family. Devon Murphy-Petersen

April 8, 2013

Bridget, We all watched you grow up into a beautiful young lady and mom and dad were always so very proud of you and the decisions you'd made in your life. You and Jack were successful in Texas and now are successfull in Iowa. I much prefer having you here! And you also did a beautiful job with dad throughout his entire lifetime, I am so very proud of you and the person you have become. I Love Ya, Sis ....Kath

April 6, 2013

Dear Bridget,

Tom and I are thinking of you during this time. We are sorry for your loss.

Tom and Julie Davies

Vicki Berberich

April 5, 2013

Dear Kathy, Bridget, Jack and Madie,
I was so sad to find out about your Dad/Grandpa's passing. I felt so fortunate to get to know your Dad what a kind, sweet man he was! I loved viewing the photo gallery and seeing your Mom in the photos too, sure miss her! You were all so blessed to have such wonderful parents and you girls have been a blessing to them! Sending love and prayers
Vicki, Toby and Joey Berberich

April 4, 2013

Bridget and Kathy, I am truly heartbroken over Jack's passing. Please know your in my prayers and thoughts.

Dana Indra and Jasmine Edwards

April 4, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lean on us for strength. - Jason Ellingson, IowaASCD

April 4, 2013

Bridget, I am thinking of you and your family - you have my sincere condolences.

Leslie Moore, Iowa ASCD

Marcia Tweeten

April 4, 2013

Bridget and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I have been praying for all of you during this difficult time.
Marcia Tweeten

Lou Howell

April 4, 2013

Bridget and family,

We know this is a tough time for you. It's always hard to lose your dad. Take time each day to remember those special moments you had with him through the years - first time you rode a bike, graduation night, when he held your daughter the first time, a chuckle that made you laugh,and the memories go on and on. Love and peace, Lou Howell