October 22, 1926 - July 22, 2013
Jack Martin passed away at his home in Klamath Falls, Oregon on July 22, 2013 after a long illness. Born on October 22, 1926 in Sacramento, California to Kidrick and Josephine Martin, Jack grew up on various ranches throughout California. His family finally ended up on the Pierce Ranch in Fairfield, California where he attended Suisun Valley Elementary School and Armijo High School. A WWII veteran, Jack enlisted in the Navy, volunteered for the Seabee’s and spent much of his time in the Philippines.
Jack, his mother Josephine and his brother Donald eventually acquired a small ranch in the Fairfield area where they were able to run a small herd of commercial cattle. Jack married Ruby Schacht on April 29, 1956. They were blessed with three children, Cheryl, Jack Kidrick and Leann. He eventually began working for Cal Trans where he worked his way up to Superintendant of Highway 88, which required moving his family to Galt, California. After Ruby’s death in 1993, Jack eventually moved to his son’s ranch in Sprague River, Oregon. While living and working on the ranch, Jack met Rae Ellen Kinney whom he married in 2007 and resided in Klamath Falls until his death.
Jack enjoyed breaking and training horses, and the sport of rodeo. He was a member of the RCA, CCA, ACTRA and Sr. Pro Rodeo Association. Throughout, his rodeo career, Jack competed in calf roping (tie down roping), team roping and steer wrestling. He won many trophy buckles and saddles. Jack also loved fishing, golf and just being in the outdoors.
Jack is survived by his wife, Rae Ellen; daughter, Cheryl Lauritsen (Bob) of Standish, California; son, Jack Martin (Cindy) of Galt, California; and daughter, Leann Teter (Ron Perry) of Gardnerville, Nevada; grandsons, RJ (Kelly) Lauritsen, Jason (Rosa) Lauritsen, Jack Jr. and Alec Martin, Josh and Randy Teter; and his great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Taylor and Edwin Lauritsen; his sister, Arlene Samuels; brother, Don Martin and sister, Margery Martin. Jack was preceded in death by his father, Kidrick; brother, Wesley; wife, Ruby; and his mother, Josephine.
A graveside service will be held on August 4, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery, Hwy 99 and East Harney Lane, Lodi. A gathering will follow at the home of Jack and Cindy Martin, 5501 E. Jahant Rd., Galt.