Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Frank D. Martin, Sr Memorial
Frank D. Martin, Sr Memorial

Frank D. Martin, Sr

Frank D. Martin, Sr

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Frank D. Martin, Sr. 83, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Frank was born on January 25, 1934 in Kelso, Washington, the son of Gilbert & Clara (Grose) Martin, Sr.  He was raised and attended school in Concrete and graduated from Concrete High School with the class of 1952.

In 1954 he was inducted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Germany.  After his discharge Frank began a long career with Puget Sound Energy, and while working there he met Beverly Bellisle; they were married in Seattle on August 16, 1959 and made their home in Snohomish and King Counties until finally settling in Sedro-Woolley in 1966.  Frank retired from PSE in 1994 as a substation inspector after 37 years of service.  From 1994 to 2013 he taught Electrical Safety Programs to numerous fire departments, schools and businesses. He was designated as an honorary Volunteer Fireman for the S-WVFD for his teaching electrical safety classes to volunteers. His ‘other job’ was operating his small farm where he raised cattle and grew vegetables.

Frank was also very involved with his community; for over 50 years he (and Bev) were involved with Loggerodeo; they helped organize the Sedro-Woolley Senior Crime Watch Program; he served on the Skagit County Accountability Board for 20 years; was a 30 year member of the American Legion and was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow recipient for his service.

Frank is survived by his children and their spouses, Frank D. ‘Dan’ & Yvonne Martin, Jr. and Jeanne and Dan McLennan all of Sedro-Woolley; four grandchildren, Teri Haber (William), Michael Martin (Jaimie), Matthew Martin and Rindala McLennan; four great-grandchildren, Ian & Cole Haber and Hunter & Natalyn Martin; a sister-in-law, Ruth Martin; his grand dog, Jetta and numerous extended family members.

The Martin family extends a heartfelt thank you to his friend David (pie man); Drs. Stickle and Kojouri; Hospice Nurse Marion; caregivers Suebee and Susan and his friends with the O.F.C.C. at Home Town Café.  Memorials are suggested to the Sedro-Woolley Volunteer Fire Dept. or the Boys & Girls Club.

A Life Celebration Service with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley with Pastor John Batts officiating.


  • Bob and Marci Watson

    Frank was a special friend so sweet with his rosie cheeks and the twinkle in his eyes. My husband and I were truly blessed to know him and Bev and family . very special people. My husband and I were honored to have Frank walk me down the isle at our wedding . Always ready to tell ya a joke,one of a kind ! I feel truly blessed to have known him,He will be truly missed . God bless to the family. Love Bob and Marci Watson

  • Gloria Rivera

    I always enjoyed working with Frank when he served on the City of Sedro-Woolley Planning Commission. He was valued very much as a voice of the community. The service he gave through his presentations on electricity were also a gift to the community. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brent weidemann

    Frank you where one of a kind to work with at puget power. Through thick and thin you always answered the call to duty. You where there always helping your fellow brothers and customers. Your family, is special to you and they should be proud of what you did for everyone. Thanks Frank..Brent Weidemann

  • Patrick Darling

    You could hear Franks deep voice calling 390 to North 2 as he worked to put his neighbors back in power in the middle of stormy nights. I had the pleasure and honor to work with Frank for many years we will all remember his stories , his warmth, and his love for Bev and his family. My wife still tells the story of the Cow we bought who bellowed all night when we got her and Franks response on why that happens. Frank thanks for sharing your friendship, your family, and your wisdom with all of us. Give a hug to Bev for Anita and myself . Pat Darling

  • Robin Blair

    You are one of the greatest men I’ve ever had the pleasure knowing. You’re kindness, words of wisdom and advise will be remembered and treasured for years to come. I’ll miss hearing your stories and that twinkle in your eyes when you laughed. Give Bev a big hug for me. RIP Dear friend.

  • Tina Rexroth

    You are all loved and appreciated for your service to our community. You gave of yourselves freely and unconditionally! I love you all!