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“Cal was a mentor to the freshman class at the old co-op house. Over the years my updates have been through Bill or Wes, but always had good memories...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Don - turtle Lake, ND - NDAC

“My deepest sympathies to all the families. I will always have very fond memories of spending Thanksgiving at Uncle Cal's and all the culinary...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Michael Markovic - Westminster, MD

“We send our deepest sympathies to all of Cal's family members. Frank was in college with Cal at NDSU and had remained in touch with him these many...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Frank & Inez Orthmeyer - SD

“Caroline, Kristine and Rebecca, you probably will not remember us, but years ago we lived next to you in the duplex in Moorhead. We have 2 daughters,...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Rosie Thoennes - West Fargo, ND

“Dear Rebecca, Your Dad was a very impressive man. A productive life well lived and greatly fulfilled. You are in our thoughts. Hamid & Aliya ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Hamid Jafari - Geneva

“Dad, how you appreciated, respected and cared for all people, places and things set a great example for all of us! Please take mom's hand and walk...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Kristine Martin - Eden Prairie, MN

“We express our deepest sympathies to the Martin Family at this time of loss. ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Nick Szeremeta and Zenia Nimec

“Cal was always a guiding light to the family, he will be greatly missed. We always enjoyed our visits with Mae and Cal. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Rose & Patrick Markovic - DE

“Caroline and family - Thinking of you and remembering the visits when I was able to meet your Dad. I remember his wonderful sense of humor and know...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Valerie Fitzsimonds - Seattle, WA

“I actually didn't see Calvin much, but every time I did get to visit with him he had such interesting things to say about the rest of the world. I...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Kathleen Hagen - Minneapolis, MN

“Dad, we will miss you greatly. You brought so much joy to our family. I know you are happy to once again be reunited with Mom so this brings me...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Caroline Martin Szeremeta

“Condolences to the family. There is nothing but fond memories of Uncle Cal. Always enjoyed talking with him about gardening, geopolitics, foods,...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Thomas R Markovic - Atlanta, GA

“So sorry for the family's loss of a great man. larry ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: larry pietsch - san tan valley, AZ

“Kristine, I am sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad sounded like a pretty super guy. You are in my thoughts. Take Care, Michelle Finstad ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Michelle Finstad

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. We are all going to miss Uncle Cal and all the stories he brought back from his adventures overseas....Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Geoffrey - Bel Air, MD - Nephew

“Thinking of you all during this difficult time. So many fond memories of my times spent with you girls, Aunt Mae and Uncle Cal. I always thought...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Karen - Luverne, MN - niece

“The clinker has gone out of the bell - miss you dad ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Rebecca - Daughter


Calvin Martin passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Annandale, VA, at age 87. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 43 years, Mae.

Calvin Lee Martin was born in Chaffee, North Dakota on July 12, 1925; he was the eldest of eight children of the late William and Ada (Hacke) Martin. He graduated from Chaffee High School in 1943, received a Bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University in 1948 and earned a Master's in Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University in 1975.

He had an illustrious life of service, adventure and travel. He worked for the Near East Foundation in Rasht, Iran, and then joined the United States Foreign Service with the US Agency for International Development. His 37-year distinguished career as a Foreign Service Officer included overseas postings in Iran, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan, and Kenya. Upon his retirement in 1990, he consulted with the World Bank, and served as the vice-president of the Annandale, VA chapter of National Association of Retired Federal Employees and as the president of the Fairfax County Senior Citizens Council.
He was a longtime member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mantua, VA. He is survived by his three daughters, Caroline Szeremeta of Vienna, VA, Kristine Martin of Eden Prairie, MN, Rebecca Martin of Atlanta, GA, sons-in-law, Stephen Szeremeta and Jim Libera, four grandchildren, Peter and Christopher Szeremeta and Annika and Anders Bjerkness; and five brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, www.stjude.org

Visitation: Friday, February 15, 2013 from 4-6 PM at the West Funeral Home, West Fargo, ND.

Funeral: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Leonard, ND at 10 a.m.

Burial: Watson Cemetery, rural Leonard, ND.

Online: www.westfuneralhome.com

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