Theodore “Ted” Alvin Martin was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Gallatin Gateway, Mont., the eldest of seven children born to Thomas and Helen (Coop) Martin. The family moved to Huntley where he attended school, later moving to Dean and then Limestone, Mont.
Ted served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He returned to Nye in 1946, where he has resided for the past 72 years. He worked for American Chrome Company for a number of years.
He was a master electrician, plumber and carpenter and went on to start his own business in construction, backhoe and head-gate work, which he continued until his retirement. He worked on the missile silos in north central Montana, building homes in the Hardin area, as a security guard at Stillwater Mining Company, and maintained oil wells from Roscoe to Nye. He also owned a trailer court in Nye and “Martin Street” in Nye was named in his honor. He was also a member of the Nye Volunteer Fire Department.
Ted married Lois Hibnes in May 1955. They had two sons, Ted and Dan. Ted married Elizabeth (Bette) Fletcher in May 1970 and they had one son, Wade.
Ted’s hobbies included fishing, tying flies, hunting — especially in his beloved Slough Creek — vegetable gardening, wine making, trapping beaver and cougars and raising chinchillas.
Ted passed away on March 30, 2018, at Beartooth Billings Clinic in Red Lodge Mont., He was 90.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his three sons Ted (Debi), of Bellingham, Wash.; Dan (Marlene) of Ennis, Mont.; and Wade and his girlfriend Amanda Demaray of Nye, Mont. There are also several Fletcher stepchildren.
He is additionally survived by nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Jacob, Victoria, Christie, Guy, Danyel, Auddie, Araya, and Trent and respective spouses; five brothers, Keith (Kathryn), Robert, David, Chuck (Margaret), Richard (Judy), and one sister Mary (Duane) Hudson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Nye Community Foundation, PO Box 528, Nye, MT 59061 or the Nye Volunteer Fire Department, Nye, MT, 59061.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial is planned for Saturday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at the Nye Volunteer Fire Department facility at 2033 Nye Road.