Martin James "Jim" Church

(November 18, 1916 - June 13, 2007)

The Lusk Herald
August 22, 2007

Martin James Church

On the morning of June 13, 2007, Martin James Church, 90, passed peacefully from this life at his home in Aptos, Calif.

He was born Nov. 18, 1916 on the family homestead near Keeline.

James was a farmer, fisherman, gardener, woodsman, rock hound and Santa Cruz County champion jam maker. He attended school in Keeline and Manville, graduating with the class of 1934, he then graduated from the University of Wyoming. For 34 years he was a standards engineer for United Airlines beginning his career in Cheyenne and in 1945 was transferred to San Francisco.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Ethel (Bartos); daughter, Benecia Price of Incline Village, Nev.; son, Marty and wife, Andrea; stepson, Jim Whitaker and wife, Kay, of San Carlos, Calif.; and stepson Ted Whitaker and wife, Georgia of Lingle, along with nephew, Palmer Watson and wife, Beulah; nieces, Minnette Gregory and husband, Harold and Justine Watson. James was grandfather to nine grandchildren, one of whom passed before, and was the great-grandfather of 12. Two stepsons, Jack Whitaker and Wendall Whitaker preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Martin Van Buren and Frances Josephine Church, and his sister, Minerva Watson.

Funeral Services were held at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Soquel, CA.

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