Elvey Herman Julius Martinson

November 30, 1918January 6, 2013

Elvey Herman Julius Martinson went to sleep and on to heaven on Sunday, January 6, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nina (nee Knutson) Martinson of Midale; son Dayle (Dixie) of Midale, their children: Tricia (Craig), Colby and Logan; son Lyle (Teri) of Calgary, their children: Jodie (Gerard), Makenzie, Kyla and Larah; son Neil (Rhonda) of Midale, their children: Kara, Megan and Jordan; son Glenn (Becky) of Medicine Hat, their children: Jillian, Abby, Molly and Zachary; daughter Joyce of Regina, her children: Hannah & Martin. Elvey's sister, Hazel (Willis) Emde of Midale; in-laws, Annie Swerhone of Saskatoon, Doris Knutson of Weyburn, Ethel Hanson of Kelowna, Helen Holth of Edmonton, Olaf (Marge) Knutson of Camrose, Delores Sogge of High River, Lillian Knutson of Edmonton, Bernice Knutson of Abbotsford. Twenty-seven nieces and nephews and many friends. He was born nineteen days after World War One ended, on November 30, 1918, west of Midale on the old Kolke farm. He was the second son to Marius and Hannah Martinson. They lived on several farms throughout the area from Midale to Goodwater during Elvey's childhood. Elvey went to school in a one-room schoolhouse called Waite School. He attended until grade 8 and then began his farming career. In 1937, the family's house blew away in a tornado. The house was lifted high in the air, and smashed down into a pile of rubble. Eight people were inside. Miraculously, everyone survived with just a few bruises. In 1953, he married Nina Knutson. They started a family right away. They raised the kids on the farm west of town. Elvey spent many hours driving kids to hockey, choirs, and church events. The Midale Lutheran Bible Camp was also a passion. He was a board member there and spent countless hours maintaining the camp in the offseason and preparing for the upcoming camping season. His commitment to the camp was immeasurable; if a job needed doing he did it. The kids got married, beginning in 1980. Elvey held his first grandchild in 1982, and his sixteenth in 2005.In 1983, Nina and Elvey moved to Midale and turned the farm over to Dayle and Neil. For the first years, Elvey went to the farm almost every day to help. But in 1987, macular degeneration set in, and Elvey began to lose his sight. Soon, he could no longer drive. He used to say he wished he could see for one-and-a-half minutes a day so he could see what all his grandchildren looked like. In 2011, at the age of 91, he moved into a nursing home. He spent three months at Tatagwa View in Weyburn. Then he moved to Mainprize Manor in Midale. On January 6, 2013 at about 6 PM, he died peacefully at the age of 94. He was a devout Christian and a proud Norwegian. He loved painting, drawing, and telling stories, and was passionate about his animals. He served his community for many years on the Ag Board and the Pasture Allocation Committee as well as the Camp Board for thirty-five years. He carried a few things with him in life: a plier in his pocket, a New Testament in his shirt pocket, a grin on his face, and a hum on his lips. The funeral service was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Midale on Thursday, January 10 at 2 PM with Pastor Cicely McDougall officiating. Acting as pallbearers were Jordan Martinson, Colby Martinson, Logan Martinson, Martin Martinson, Craig Wilgenbusch, and Kyler Emde. Honourary pallbearers were Kara Martinson, Jodie Martinson, Megan Martinson, Makenzie Martinson, Tricia Wilgenbusch, Kyla Martinson, Larah Martinson, Jillian Martinson, Hannah Martinson, Abby Martinson, Molly Martinson, and Zachary Martinson. Donations may be made in memory of Elvey to Bethelehem Lutheran Church in Midale or to Metochos Lutheran Bible Camp of Estevan.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2013

Elvey Herman Julius Martinson

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Joni Rosengren-Muri

January 13, 2013

My sincere sympathies to you Nina and the Martinson family on the loss or your husband and father Elvey. When I remember Elvey it is with a big smile on his face in church.

January 10, 2013

Please accept my heartfelt condolences, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lois Erick Camrose,Ab

Gloria Hunstad

January 9, 2013

I wish to pass on my sincere condolence's to you Nina and your family. My thought and prayers will be with you at this time.

January 9, 2013

We wish to pass on our most sincere sympathy to Nina and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Irene Pederson and family (Valerie and Paul Davies and Barb and Glenn Bond)

January 8, 2013

Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. Judy emailed about Elvey's passing and I did not realize he was 94. I remember Elvey as a gentle man with a big smile. We are thinking of all you at this time. Herve and Ione Langlois.

Gail, Bob, and Lisa (Dynna) McNeil

January 8, 2013

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss...our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Ingrid and Don Toews

January 8, 2013

Please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of Elvey. We always found him to be a kind, gentle man. Mom always thought of you, Nina, and Elvey as special.