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Gary Martens, of Mora, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.  He was 76 years old.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held on Saturday, June 18th; 11:00 A.M. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora.

VISITATION will be on Friday, June 17th from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, plus one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.


Garrett (Gary) Martensdied peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.  He was 76 years old.

He  was born on May 18, 1935 at home in Hillman Township, Mora, Minnesota to Dewey (Duke) and Cora (Wilkens) Martens, where he resided on the family farm most of his life.  He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora.

He attended Wilkens Elementary School through eighth grade and graduated from Mora High School in 1953.  On June 19, 1954, he was united in marriage to his life long partner, Ella Ovidia Mathison at Calvary Lutheran Church. From this union, they were blessed with three children.  From Feb. of 1957 to Feb. of 1959, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army and was part of 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper. After returning from the service, he worked at Our Own Hardware (Gorham’s), which permitted him to obtain his Master Plumbing License. In 1965, he and his brother, Donald, purchased the family farm and established the Martens Brother’s Dairy operation. In 1982, he heard that dairying wasn’t going to be too good and they needed a sideline. The brothers then began the commercial manure pumping business, Martens’ Manurigation, which soon evolved into a full time business.  In 1983, Richard, Gary’s son, joined the partnership and operates the business today.

Playing the accordion gave him and others much joy throughout his entire life. During his high school years, he worked on the family farm and around the community doing odd jobs to earn money to buy his first accordion.   He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his son, Rick, sharing God’s word through the Polka Praise Services.  Also, he played for senior dances, many benefits and community events. Throughout his life, he had been very active and served on many boards and participated in many community events.  In 2008, Gary and Ella were named Outstanding Senior Citizens of Kanabec County.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Duke and Cora; daughter in infancy (Carolyn), and son (Gregory); and sister, Audrey Mattson.

He is survived by his wife, Ella, and son, Richard (Janet) of Mora;  two grandchildren, Ryan (Alicia) Martens of Mora, Randi (Josh) Maynard of Duluth; and two great grandchildren, Keira Jo-Lynn and Jordan Dean Maynard; daughter-in-law, Sandy Martens-Bankers,  brother, Donald (Lenore) Martens of Mora; sister, Nancy (Don) Holzkamp of Davis, Illinois; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family, friends, dancers, and acquaintances who had the pleasure of knowing him.

18 thoughts on “GARY MARTENS”

  1. We loved his music at the senior dances and Polka Services. Many people knew him through his Music.
    Condolences to Ella and all his family.

  2. Archie and I so enjoyed Gary’s music. When he could do both a Polka Praise service to thank God for all our blessings and the dance for our 40th wedding anniversary, it was a perfect combination. He shared his faith and love of life and music with so many people. He will be missed.

  3. Ella – I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I feel your pain!!!

  4. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We will so miss his music. He was a great person with a passion for his music ministry.

  5. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We will miss his music. He was a great person with a passion for his music ministry. Our prayers will be with you and your family.

  6. We feel so fortunate that we saw and heard Gary at last summer’s cousin reunion. We mourn his passing, but have only pleasant memories of our times together – stretching all the way back to childhood visits to the farm. God bless and comfort you, Ella, and all the rest of your family.

  7. I was very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I had gotten a call from a mutual friend in Mora by the name Terry Nord who informed me. Gary was a very good friend and he will be greatly missed. My Condolences to Gary’s wife and family.

  8. Terry and I will truly miss Gary’s music and the visits at our home with Gary and his son. We truly feel your pain and if we can help please call on us. Our prayers are witjh you.

  9. Ella & Family – Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you journey this difficult time. Your hearts are filled with wonderful memories and times with this gentle man and his loving and caring demeanor will live in the hearts of many. Peace and God’s blessings to each of you.

  10. I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My friends and I did so enjoy his music and dancing at Golden Horizon’s in Pine City. What a generous person! He brought much happiness to so many who are not able to get out and do things like they used to. Thanks so much.

  11. Gods Grace and Glory will be with you all. Threw this celebration of Gary’s life. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all! Love and Peace….

  12. Ella, Rick, Janet, and your families…I was so sorry to hear of Gary’s death. He had a heart of gold and an overflowing joyful spirit; he will be missed tremendously by our entire community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you…

  13. Ella, So sorry for you loss. I am sure the whole community will miss his music and also him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your son.

  14. Ella, so sorry for your loss. We looked forward to Gary’s music and will miss him so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Dear Ella, Rick, Janet & family; We are so sorry to hear about Gary, and just want you all to know that you are in our thoughts & prayers, and send our sympathies to you all! Sending you a BIG HUG as well ~ Hazel, Lisa & Patrick

  16. I’m so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was such a kind and God-fearing man. He will be greatly missed.

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