Journal of the San Juan Islands


Martin Halvorsen: 1949 — 2012 | Passages

January 9, 2013 · Updated 10:59 AM

Martin Halvorsen, 63, of Friday Harbor, passed away in Bellingham on Dec. 20, 2012.

He was born in Friday Harbor, Wash. on May 11, 1949, the son of Eldon and Carol (Grenier) Halvorsen. He grew up on San Juan Island and attended Friday Harbor schools, but moved with his family to the mainland when he was 16. He graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1967.

Throughout his entire life he worked as a diesel mechanic and was known as the guy who could fix anything. He lived for many years in the Stanwood/Everett area and spent several summers working in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He returned to Friday Harbor in 2002.

Marty enjoyed assembling model train sets and making scenery, etc., for them. He married twice, but had no children. He is survived by one sister, Gerine Voegtlin of Mount Vernon; one nephew, Scott DeRosier of Concrete; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Todd DeRosier.

The family would like to express deep appreciation to Tom Lawson and Dave De La Zerda for the friendship, care and support given to Marty the last few years of his life. Per Marty’s wishes, there will be no services. Memorials or donations may be given to your favorite charity. You may share your memories of Marty and sign his online guest register at www.kernfuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.

— Family of Martin Halvorsen


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