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James Martin

April 8, 1939-June 5, 2008

James A. "Jim" Martin, 69, of rural Vergas, died suddenly, but peacefully, at his home on Sybil Lake on Thursday, June 5, 2008.

James Albert Martin was born to Herbert and Helen (Bannach) Martin on April 8, 1939, in Devils Lake, N.D., and graduated from high school in Egeland, N.D.

Jim entered the U.S. Army in September 1957, and was stationed in Germany until his discharge in September 1959. Jim worked for the North Dakota Highway Department and then moved to Fargo in 1961.

Jim worked as a cook as well as a cab driver until he joined Welu Dental Lab in 1962, as a dental technician. Jim married Helen in 1976, and they made their home in Dilworth, Minn., until he retired in 2001.

After he retired, Jim fulfilled his lifelong dream of spending winters in southern Texas and summers at his lake home on Sybil Lake, near Vergas. Jim enjoyed motorcycling, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and sitting around the campfire watching the northern lights. He also enjoyed going to Vikings games with friends, watching football on television, and cruising around in the motor home.

Family and friends were very important to Jim and he thoroughly enjoyed time with his grandkids. Always ready for a game of cards, Jim was known to play a good game of pinochle with whomever he could con into playing.

Jim is lovingly survived by his wife, Helen (Enger) Martin; three daughters, Sandy (Tim) McDowell and Diane Guthrie, both of Dilworth, and Sarah (Mario) Dilodovico of Rosemont, Minn.; three sons, Dale Martin and David (Nancy) Halvorson, both of Dilworth, and Marvin (Emily) Halvorson of Sabin, Minn.; a sister, Joanne (Jon) Peterson of Fargo; as well as 12 grandchildren.

Preceding Jim in death were his parents; a sister, Rosemary Lawrence; and three grandchildren, Dawn and Mark Martin, and Samuel Jim Halvorson.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 9, at Dilworth Lutheran Church, with burial following in Little Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Barnesville.

Korsmo Funeral Service of Moorhead was entrusted with arrangements. An online guest book is available at