Bobby J. ‘Bob’ Martin, 89, a resident of Sedro-Woolley, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019.
Bob was born on March 28, 1930 to Ezra (Bud) and Mary Alice Martin in Mounds, Oklahoma on the family farm. In 1944 the family moved to California.
In 1948 he graduated from high school, and married Iva Jean Stewart in Ceres,
California. They had 5 children together.
Bob began his retail career in 1948, working for FW Woolworth Company. At age 24 he was promoted to manager, and managed stores in La Grande, OR, Ventura, CA, Lake Oswego, OR, and finally in Bellingham, WA. In 1965 he furthered his career becoming district manager over four states for Ben Franklin stores and eventually managed the Alaska district. In 1972 he bought the Ben Franklin store in Sedro-Woolley, and with the help of his family operated it until 1975 when he sold the business and began selling cars at Vern Sims Ford in Sedro-Woolley. Bob continued his sales career as the manager of motor home sales at Hinton GMC-Oldsmobile in Mount Vernon, retiring from sales in 1990.
In 1987 Bob married Judy Kay Gronemyer. Together they have owned and managed several rental properties and they enjoyed traveling, making many trips to Hawaii, and cruises to the Bahamas, Panama Canal, and Alaska.
Cars were Bob’s passion! He bought his first car, a 1929 Model A Roadster, at
age 15, buying, selling, and trading many makes and models over his lifetime.
Bob is survived by his wife of 32 years, Judy Martin of Sedro-Woolley; three sons, Mike Martin (Kayelynn) of Nampa, ID, Greg Martin (Margaret) of Sedro-Woolley and Scott Martin of Sedro-Woolley; two daughters, Sheila Hendrick (Gary) of Mount Vernon and Tami Anderson (Steve) of Sedro-Woolley; two step-children, Ben Morgan (Evie) of Buckley, WA and Kim Mower (Randy) of Hamilton; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ezra and Mary Martin, and sisters, Patsy Azevedo, and Nina Smith.
Graveside Services will be held at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12:30 PM followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 PM at Inspire Church in Sedro-Woolley with Pastor Roger Jones officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro- Woolley. Share memories of Bob and sign the online guest register.