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Gregory Alan Martin of Glen Haven passed away unexpectedly March 25, 2008. Greg was born in Emporia, Kansas on July 15, 1947. He joined the family of Ferman "Tooney" Martin, Genevieve Martin, and his older brother Mike. Even at birth he was a big guy weighing in at over 10 lbs.! He celebrated his 60th birthday this past summer surrounded by a large number of friends and family with lots of delicious food and plenty to drink. It was a celebration to talk about for years to come. Greg grew up in Kansas and attended high school in Osage City where he wrote a regular column in the local paper and was a standout athlete in many sports. As a senior at Osage City High School in 1965, he helped lead the Indians to win the Kansas High School Basketball Championship. In 2002, the 1965 Championship Team was inducted into the Kansas High School Basketball Hall Of Fame. Greg married his wife Carroll in Osage City, Kansas in 1970. His proposal was as unique as he was… "Let's get married; live on a hill; get fat and happy." In 1973 they moved to Estes Park, Colorado with "The Rugrats" (Mike and Tricia). The family moved to Glen Haven, Colorado in 1975 where they have resided since. "The Village Idiot of Glen Haven", as Greg often called himself, was the first person to help out a friend, a neighbor, or anyone in need. Many knew him first as a reliable contractor and then later as a great friend. Numerous homes in the Glen Haven area have seen and heard the swing of his hammer. The future will be entertaining for other builders and remodelers as Greg would often leave notes and interesting treasures in places out of sight to later be discovered. Greg enjoyed the outdoors. He was proud to have climbed every 'Fourteener' in the state of Colorado - several multiple times! He hiked, climbed, and skied the vast majority of the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. You could not keep him home after a snow storm. He and Carroll conquered many of the Colorado passes and hiked countless peaks. They were able to experience much of the United States as well; for a man of Glen Haven, he was well traveled. He and Carroll have enjoyed vacations to Canada, Alaska, New Zealand, Australia, England, and Scotland - they were also looking forward to a trip to Ireland planned for later this April. One of his favorite destinations was Utah with its landscapes, arches, and slot canyons. While his reputation as a builder afforded him more work than he had time for, storytelling was his favorite "job". He marveled that he actually got paid to lie to folks. He would entertain families at the YMCA of the Rockies, Glacier Lodge, and many other venues telling stories with a mischievous twinkle in his eyes. Children from all over the world would remind the Mountain Man in Suspenders that he was just a 'big old liar'! Yep – he was a professional liar; but he did make a mean S'more over a campfire! Greg had a habit of leaving things better than he found them. His commitment to the Glen Haven Volunteer Fire Department (GHVFD) spanned more than three decades – many years as Chief. A fixture where there was work to be done, he was always there to lead a group up the hill to fight any fire. Under his watch, the GHVFD 'never lost a foundation'! He played a large role in beginning many traditions of the GHVFD, such as Fire Days and the Pancake Breakfast where he could be relied upon to make sure the sausage was cooked to perfection. As a father, Greg was a model of dedication; attending every game, sporting event, performance, and ceremony for his children without exception no matter how far away or torturous they might be. He was his rugrats' biggest fan and an active member of The Bobcat Backers. He even signed on to chaperone a high school dance. Ironically there was a fire call 15 minutes after it started and he was 'forced' to leave early. Greg's grandchildren were his pride and joy. His expertise in making swords out of foam insulation and his sharp shooting with a Nerf Shooter were just two of his childish talents. Many have remarked that Greg was just another overgrown kid. The endless hours of soccer, hockey, ping pong, and baseball in the garage were only stopped to clean up the occasional broken widow or a shattered light. Driving golf balls, shooting hoops, bike riding, skiing and generally horsing around with Grandpa made a typical day when the Grandkids were around. Often taking time to drive across the county to see them play sports, Greg left many wonderful memories for the grandkids and he was their hero. Greg will be deeply missed by those who loved him, worked with him, or just knew him as the 'Mountain Man in Suspenders'. His quick wit, unpredictable antics, and overall good cheer made him truly one of a kind. Though it ended too soon, his life was one that was truly lived to the fullest and he will be remembered. In accordance with Greg's wishes, there will be a Mexican themed pot luck at the Estes Park American Legion preceding a Remembrance Celebration. This is a change in venue from previous announcements. The lunch will begin at 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 5th at the Estes Park American Legion Club #119 at 850 North St.Vrain Avenue. The Remembrance Celebration will follow at 2:00 PM. Bring a covered dish to share and your memories of Greg to help us celebrate who he was and how he affected so many people in such a special way. Flannel or comfortable attire is suggested and expected. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to, Memorial Fund For Greg Martin, c/o Boulder Valley Credit Union, PO Box

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