OBITUARY

Martin E. Blyth

February 6, 1944November 10, 2020

Martin Edward Blyth was born on February 6,1944 in London to Florence and Edward Blyth. Inquisitive and studious as a child, he was rarely seen without book in his hand. Still, growing up with two brothers made for plenty of fun times as well – playing solders on the postwar streets of London or riding self-made roller skates or bicycles on the busy city roads. He loved sketching and drawing, and at the age of 17, his exceptional talents landed him his first job as a junior draftsman for a company designing British exhibition pavilions for the World Trade fairs. It was an exciting experience for young Martin; one which took him to Poland, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and East and West Germany, creating many funny, and a few not-so-funny, stories which he loved to share over the years. During this same time, he managed to put himself through years of school, graduating with an MBA and a Masters in Civic Engineering. In 1966 he began working for 3M in the marketing department of the Abrasives and Chemicals group, and progressed to General Marketing Manager of the Industrial Chemical business in UK and Chemicals Product Manager in Brussels, Belgium. In 1984 he moved to Minnesota and continued his career working at 3M headquarters in the Protective Materials division promoting the Scotchgard brand across the globe. He work very hard, but he loved what he was doing, and along the way he made many lifelong friends – some even as close as family. He retired from the company as a Scotch-Guard Brand Manager in 2003. After retirement, he traded his tie and briefcase for jeans and suitcase and continued to travel the world over, including thousands of miles on his favorite motorcycle exploring the beauty of the United States. He was kind and loving, and cared deeply for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by many, around the globe.

Throughout his life, Martin gave generously to numerous charities financially and with his time and his talents. Dear to his heart was Achieving Cures Together, and in lieu of flowers, if you’d care to make a donation in his name, please follow the link below.

Martin was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Florence; brother, Bob.

Martin will be deeply missed by his wife, Tamara; daughter, Yana; brother Geoffrey (Rema); sister-in-law, Brenda; nephews, Peter, Collin and Curtis.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, November 15, 2020 from 1pm to 3:30pm at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home, 2195 Woodlane Dr., Woodbury. A private service of remembrance will take place on Monday. The service will be streamed on Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home Facebook page.

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Annmarie Dalton

November 17, 2020

Dear Tamara,
I send you my heartfelt condolences on the sudden and tragic loss of your beloved Martin. Marrying you made his life so wonderful and I know he would have been so sad to leave you.

I have happy memories of Martin's visits to California - he was always fun and such good company with his great stories and interesting conversation (for hours!) I'm so sorry we won't see him again but will always cherish the good times we had.

I hope you will one day be able to remember him with smiles rather than tears and that you are comforted by all the people who love you and Yana.

Love,
Annmarie Dalton

Amit Jhinzuvadia

November 17, 2020

Dear Tamara and Yana,
I am so sorry to hear about Martin's passing. I have fond memories of time spent together in MN over hearty meals, listening to his favourite music (and his experiences), and discussing all kinds of diverse topics. He was such a jovial and social person! Have always appreciated his advice regarding moving "across the pond" and still have his souvenir from Africa that he gave me then. It's sad to think that he is no longer with us - he will be missed greatly. I am thinking of you in these tough times, and wishing you peace and comfort.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Amit

Brian Doran

November 16, 2020

Part 2
Martin loved to travel, and he and Tamara joined me a few years ago on one of my bucket-list trips – travelling the Silk Road from Beijing, China to Istanbul. We had a great time together with one exception – the food in Muslim north-west China and Uzbekistan. The local dish was called “plov”, rice with vegetables and maybe meat. Not great!
We were baffled because we had visited markets full of spices of all description, but apparently none off these spices was used in plov! In fact Martin and I lost weight on this part of the trip. Maybe we should all be eating plov in quarantine which would certainly help prevent us from gaining weight at this time.
One of the highlights of this trip was a hot-air balloon ride in Turkey, a first for all of us. I’m sure Tamara would be happy to tell you all about our adventures if you asked her: she might even sell you a silk carpet.

In addition to travel, Martin loved animals, and we combined both of these in a trip to South Africa a couple of years ago. Martin, Larry Smith and me, starting at Victoria Falls and finishing up in Cape Town.
The animal life was spectacular and so was the wine in Cape Town – another of Martin’s loves.

Of all the animals though, Martin really loved his cats. He always enjoyed coming over to my place and seeing my Bengal boys, Spotty and Smudge, and Corky, admiring their athletic prowess before settling down to steak and kidney pie for dinner followed by a pipe on the patio.

We are here today to celebrate Martin’s life, He was special, and he made all our lives that much richer. My heart breaks for you Tamara, and Yana, he loved you so much. I am so glad that I knew him, he was my good friend and I’m really going to miss him.

Brian Doran

November 16, 2020

Only Martin could get me to stand here dressed with a shirt and tie, but that’s really a fitting tribute to him because he was the neatest and most organized person I have ever known. He sought perfection in everything that he did. Sometimes that would drive us crazy, especially on the golf course, but that was Martin, and we knew he had a good heart
In 1968 at the age of 25, I joined 3M UK and Martin was one of the first people I met. We have known each other for more than 50 years, and our friendship grew over those years.
Martin had an infectious smile, and a huge repertoire of stories which he enjoyed sharing. One of my favorite stories was when he was working in his first job at Dexion making and selling exhibition stands.
He made quite a few trips to Eastern Europe on his own, which was quite an intimidating experience for a young man, especially in those days of the Iron Curtain. Who would have guessed that in later years he would fall in love with a girl from Eastern Europe and marry her.
At Dexion, he did have one friend who worked in the mail room. His name was Charlie Watts who became the drummer of the Rolling Stones! Martin went to see him play in those early days.
In fact music was one of Martin’s loves, something I shared with him, and with Tamara we went to many concerts together including Joe Bonamassa, Andrea Boccelli, Loreena McKennitt, Rodrigo y Gabriela and others.
Martin had many loves in his life, the greatest being his love for Tamara and Yana.
He loved life, his family and his friends. He loved reading and once whilst on the beach in the Caribbean got talking casually to another English guy. Martin always enjoyed striking up a conversation with strangers, I’m sure you know that. He learnt that this guy was a writer, so Martin asked if he’d got any books published that he might recognize. Turns out the guy was Frederick Forsyth, one of the top novelists of the 20th century!

Linda Meades

November 16, 2020

A bright yellow Ford 'Capri' car. A romance at 3M in the late 60's/early 70's which became a 50 year friendship. Fond memories of fun times in London, Kent, Cornwall and other beautiful parts of England, often including a picnic with Martin's favourite 'Mr Kipling' Manor House Cake. What more could you ask.

Laughing about how Mart's hair always looked as if it had been 'ironed' down. He was a dab-hand with a hair straightener.

Know he wanted to live to be 100. He will be mad that he didn't make it!

Will miss you. Condolences to all the family.
Love Lindax

Bill Schnier

November 15, 2020

I had the good fortune and privilege to work with Martin in the Scotchgard businesses from 1990-1997. I have many, many fond (and also fun) memories of our time working together -- but my most vivid memory is that Martin was always smiling, always happy, and he made others feel better simply by being in his presence. And I also remember well his big laughter after a joke was told, many of them his own. He was "one of the good guys"! RIP my friend. 🙏

Curtis Blyth

November 15, 2020

My earliest memory of my Uncle Martin was meeting him at my Grandparents house in 1978 around my 7th Birthday. Although I was very young and we rarely saw each other he was always warm and talked to me about my interests. Amongst various gifts of toys and games, long since forgotten, Uncle Martin's gift of a radio alarm clock was one that I used well into my twenties. Without knowing it he made me punctual and prepared all through school and into my earliest employment; know I reflect on it I think he knew his gift would serve me well in life.

On a recent visit to the UK he visited with my father and together with my family we enjoyed a day together visiting Devizes in Wiltshire to see his Aunties, my great Aunts, resting place and nearby Bath.

We spoke from time to time over the last few years discussing life, travel, work and of course family. We'll all miss him greatly; losing him so suddenly is very hard to comprehend. Our thoughts are with Tamara and Yana, we are so sorry for your loss.

Ruth Nelson

November 15, 2020

It has been so hard to think that Martin is gone. He always had a smile on his face. He loved his family and always looked after them.
The happy hour on the driveway was where John and Martin really got to know each other. John will be lost for a long while. Rest In Peace good buddy

Love Ruth

Edward Rossi

November 14, 2020

Tamara, we are so sad to learn of Martin's passing and our prayers and well wishes go to you and your family. Martin was a great neighbor and we will miss him.

Ed & Mary Rossi

Will Harfield

November 14, 2020

Knowing the family for over thirty years now, the speed of Martin's death, like that of both his parents, is such a shock.
Although thousands of miles away Martin & Geoff spoke to each other most days. Whenever I spoke to Martin, Geoff's health was always on the agenda more so than Martin's own.
Martin was a caring older brother who put others first, a big man in every sense.
It is hard to think I will not hear Martin's voice again or see that big smile, I will miss Martin.
Thinking of you at this time Tamara

Will

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