Service is Thursday in Crookston.

Leland “Pat” Martin, age 55, of Crookston, MN, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday morning, July 21, 2013 of natural causes. Pat was born to Leonard and Lorna (Clark) Martin in Jamestown, ND on August 26, 1957. As a youngster he moved with his family to Hugo, MN, near St. Paul, where he spent the next seven years of his life. When he was ten years old the family relocated to Cathay, ND, where Pat attended high school. He enlisted in the US Navy at the age of seventeen, and spent the next 4 years traveling the world. Following his honorable discharge Pat returned home and soon began employment as a boiler operator at United Hospital in Grand Forks.

    In December of 1980 he moved to Crookston and worked in plant services at Riverview Hospital. During a successful career spanning over thirty years, Pat currently held the position of Chief Engineer for Riverview Health. He was united in marriage to Marsha  Ramsey at Crookston in November of 1981, and together the couple raised two children, Heather and Matthew. Pat was a lifetime member of the NRA, and a former member of the Crookston American Legion. He was passionate about riding his motorcycle and “letting the wind blow through his hair.” The great outdoors, fishing and hunting, were favorite pastimes, and he was known as an expert marksman. First and foremost in Pat’s life was always his family. Marsha, his “boy”, his “girl”, and his precious grandchildren meant the world to him, and he would do anything for them. He will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all who shared in his life.

    Family members include his beloved wife of 31 years, Marsha; a daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Joshua Plante of Crookston, MN; a son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Cory Martin of Grand Forks, ND; 4 grandchildren: William age 13, Janelle age 5, Taylor age 2, and Hunter 17 months; his mother, Lorna Martin of Grand Forks; 3 siblings, LennaDene Anderson, Lori (Kevin) Kamrowski, and Larry (Nancy) Martin, all of Grand Forks; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family. Pat was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Martin; and grandparents, John and Laura Martin, and Stu and Alice Clark. May Pat be remembered for the amazing man that he was.

    Visitation with Pat’s family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 5:00pm followed by a Time of Memory Sharing at 6:30pm. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Minnesota National Guard Honors Unit from Moorhead, MN. Inurnment will be in the family plot of the Cathay Cemetery at a later date. Pat will be ridden out to be buried with his father for one last motorcycle ride accompanied by his family and friends.

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