Dub Martin passed away peacefully Oct. 14, 2013. He was born Hoyett Lemoin Martin to parents Lester and Estelle Martin on July 4, 1924 in Prescott, Ark. As a tot, he was nicknamed “Dub” by his grandfather. As a teen, Dub moved to Tuscon, Ariz. and at age 17 he enlisted in the Navy. During World War II, he was a gunner on both the U.S.S. Astoria and the U.S.S. West Virginia. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Tucson and worked the racetrack as a groomer.
Dub later moved to the California Bay Area, where he met his first wife, Lee Broyles. Together they had five children: Michael, Kenneth, Catharine, Richard and Timothy.
In 1960, they bought a home in Westwood as well as the Y Standard Chevron and Y Café. Dub ran the station and tow service, gathering many stories to tell of winters on Fredonyer Summit with his tow truck. Those tough, olden days are fondly remembered by his family.
In 1965, the California Correctional Center was completed. Dub sold the station and café and became a California correctional officer. Dub and Lee divorced after 17 years of marriage and he moved to Susanville.
While living in Susanville, Dub met Virginia Harris through mutual acquaintances. The two married in 1976. Virginia was the joy of his life and they were very happy. Together they had many friends and enjoyed traveling as much as they could. Dub retired from the CCC in 1986, thus enabling he and Virginia to spend more time together traveling.
One winter, they visited their Susanville neighbors who wintered in Yuma, Ariz. They decided to purchase their own place in Yuma and became snowbirds. They spent almost 20 winters in Yuma and enjoyed many social activities and fostered many new friendships. Dub enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing cards, dancing, socializing with friends, making new friends and keeping up with old friends. While it is true Dub treasured his friends, he loved his Virginia. They spent 37 happy years together.
Dub was well-loved by his family and respected by many friends and colleagues. He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia; his nine children, (which include Virginia’s four children: Marty, Al, Ramona and Charles), 37 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
At Dub’s request, there will not be a funeral or memorial service. He will forever rest in the veteran’s section at Diamond Crest Cemetery. His family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in Dub’s name be made to the National Children’s Cancer Society.
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