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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On March 25, 2010 @ 3:25 pm In Obituary | 10 Comments


Gerald E. (Jerry) Martin passed away peacefully March 21, 2010 at the age of 69, surrounded by many loving family members and friends. Jerry was born February 22, 1941 in Phoenix, Arizona to T. J. Martin and Ava Wines. A gifted brick mason, he worked in the trade until 1987 when he became Facilities Manager for Interstate Mechanical Corporation, retiring in 2005. He served in the US Army 1960-1966, stationed at the Nike missile site in Rehoboth, MA and with the Armored Tank Corps at Fort Irwin, CA. Jerry’s passion was sprint car racing. As owner of Streaker Racing he fielded sprint cars for 36 years, including many multi-car teams. He won the SCOA Championship in 2004 and 2005. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Millie; four children, Lisa, Lori (Dave), Lynda and Steve; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; four brothers and four sisters. He is preceded in death by his father T. J. Martin, mother Ava Karber, step-mother Pearline Martin, step-father Merle Karber Sr., and brothers Michael Karber and Donald Martin. Visitation is Sunday, March 28 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Services are 10:00 AM Monday, March 29 at Christ Church Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Graveside Service immediately following at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sprint Car Hall of Fame, P. O. Box 542, Knoxville, IA 50138.

Condolences for the family of “MARTIN, GERALD”

Condolence from R. Cole on March 26th, 2010 5:50 am

Sorry for your loss. May you find hope in the words at Acts 24:15, “and I have hope toward God, which hope these [men] themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” Resurrection is a standing up again, a coming to life. It is what the Lord did for his friend Lazarus.(John 1143-44) Yes, the hope of seeing Mr.Martin again. may this promise and your good memories bring you comfort.

Condolence from Marty & Patti on March 26th, 2010 8:32 am

To the entire Martin family and friends of Jerry,
Words cannot begin to express our sorrow for Jerry’s passing.
So I’ll simply say, Jerry’s absence will be felt not only by his family, but by the many many good friends he leaves behind.
Can you imagine the “bench racing” that’s going on up in heaven!!!

Condolence from Susan Baxter on March 26th, 2010 8:59 am

To Jerry’s immediate and extended family – I am truly sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I worked with him for many years at IMCOR and was always amazed that he stayed true to who he was, there was no pretense about him, he was one of the most ‘real’ people I have ever met and I am grateful for having known him. There was no doubt that his family was the most important thing to him, through many challenges over the years, he remained committed to doing the right thing. I do pray for God’s peace for each of you today, tomorrow and in the coming months as you grieve this loss. I know you will continue to feel Jerry’s presence in all you do. – – – Susan Baxter

Condolence from Angie Hoffman Murray on March 26th, 2010 12:03 pm

To all of Jerry’s family, my deepest sympathy on his passing. Jerry was always very good to me during our tenure at IMCOR and I know he will be greatly missed by many, myself included.

Condolence from Cappello’s on March 26th, 2010 3:42 pm

Godspeed Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Martin family.

Condolence from Dwight & Sherrie Battle on March 27th, 2010 10:02 am

Sorry for your loss. I will remember the days we worked together @ Imcor. There was never a dull moment when he was there. Always had a smile or a story to share with others. Thank you.

Condolence from Aunt Ruthie on March 28th, 2010 6:35 pm

So sorry for your loss. Wish we could have been there but circumstances didn’t allow for that to happen.
He had a wonderful life surrounded by all of you who showed their love to him by their actions and words. He was a lucky man.
Our love to you all.

Condolence from Debbie Koenigsfeld on March 29th, 2010 9:32 am

I did not know Mr. Martin personally but I do work with his daughter Lynda.

She always spoke so highly of him and I laughed at many stories that she told me about her father. She respected and loved him so much.

He will be missed by many many people. I wish I could have had the opportunity to meet him.

Rest in Peace Mr. Martin…

Condolence from The Herrera Family on March 29th, 2010 10:16 am

Millie & Family we are so sorry for your loss.Jerry will certainly be missed in the racing circle,our racing family. We are thinking of you and yours in this difficult time. May God bless all and keep you in his care.

Condolence from Wes Johnson on April 4th, 2010 1:10 pm

Very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I remember him from the ’50s and ’60s when his brother Bill and I were close friends. He was always quick with a joke or funny comment to lighten the mood. I especially remember his grin and the twinkle in his eye that always reminded me of the commedian George Burns. I remember that he served his country with honor and I thank him for it. I rest comfotable in the knowledge that we all meet again. God bless him and his family. Sincere condolences. Wes Johnson, Eureka.

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