Harry Wayne Martin, 76, of Sunnyside passed away Thursday,
June 28, 2007, at Hillcrest Manor, surrounded by his loving family.
Harry was born June 14,
1931, in Racine, Mo. to Harry Leroy and Pauline Grace (Sparlin) Martin. He moved
with his family to Prosser as a child, and attended Prosser schools. He
graduated from Prosser High School in 1949. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1950,
and served in the Pacific theatre until 1954, when he returned to Washington.
He married Shirley McDonell on Nov. 10, 1953, in Sunnyside.
Harry returned to his work
at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a job he had prior to joining the Navy. He
continued to work at Hanford until his retirement in 1994. While working at
Hanford, Harry resided in Richland and Sunnyside, living in Sunnyside for more
than 47 years.
An avid fisherman, Harry was a charter member and the first
president of Northwest Steelheaders of Sunnyside. He served the Boy Scouts in
Sunnyside and, after many years, he was awarded the Order of the Silver Spade
He was a friend of Bill W., enjoying 25 years of sobriety.
He was a loving father to his daughters and a fun and loving grandfather and
great-grandfather. Harry was a good and loyal friend, as well as a
distinguished citizen, having loved serving as a juror.
Harry and Shirley traveled to Alaska several times. Harry
loved the wild outdoors. He enjoyed fishing with his friend, Vic Maling, and
hunting with his friend, Bob Layne. His favorite trip was to Alaska on a cruise
with his wife and two daughters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley, of
Sunnyside; two daughters, Kim Rodgers and husband, David, of Port Charlotte,
Fla. and Kelly Martin-Carter and husband, Terry, of Granger; seven
grandchildren, Lisa (Brian) Shaffer, Josh Perrault, Sarah (Terrill) Wood,
Kelsey (Jeremy) Foss, Tom (Danielle) Martin, Ashley (Nick) Harvey and Terran
Travis; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Gerrilee (Victor) Cruz of Pasco; a
son-of-the-heart, Steve (Carolyn) Schlax; and three nephews.
Viewing will be held Saturday, June 30, 2007, from 1 to 5
p.m. and Sunday, July 1, 2007, from 1 to 7 p.m., with recitation of the Rosary
at 7 p.m., at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated Monday, July 2, 2007, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic
Church in Sunnyside. Interment will follow at East Prosser Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eden House at
Hillcrest Manor or the Granger School District for the Kelly Martin-Carter
After School Science Program. Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements. Send condolences at