Roland Eugene Martin

Roland Eugene Martin, born Feb. 20, 1930, and passed away Sept. 28, 2022. He was born in Topeka, Kan., to Smith and Opal (Lyon) Martin.

The family moved to Eads, Colo., and later to Waverly, Colo., during the dust bowl in the 30’s. He graduated from Alamosa, Colo. Roland met the love of his life, Esther Mauth, and they married in 1950 in Raton, N.M.

They soon moved to Monte Vista, Colo., where Roland worked for the Public Service of Colorado. He retired after 35 years. He also was a volunteer fireman for 20 years.

Roland enjoyed camping, traveling, hunting, boating, and gardening. He also built five homes through the years. Roland and Esther raised two daughters. They were blessed with seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

They moved to Georgetown, Texas, in 2006 due to Esther’s heath. When she passed away in 2011, Roland moved to Kalona to live near his daughter. Esther and Roland were members of the Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Roleen Wright (Alan) and Mallie Campbell (Maurie), brother Lewis Martin, sister Esther May Curley; seven grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Roland was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Martin, parents, Smith and Opal Martin, brother, Eldon Martin and sister, Oma Ringle.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, the service will be officiated by Rev. Dr. Maurie Campbell.

Memorial donations can be made in Roland’s memory to the Tunnel of Towers Foundation (2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306) or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105).

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