Vernon Roy Martinson

February 27, 1928 - August 13, 2021

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Vernon Roy Martinson passed away at his home in Poulsbo, Washington on August 13, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born in Lofall, Washington, February 27, 1928, and was the beloved son of Berger Olaf Martinson and Myrtle Eckloff Martinson (deceased). Vern lived in Poulsbo, Washington, his entire life. He and Pat, spent the past 20 winters in Yuma, Arizona. He grew up on a 40-acre dairy farm. When World War II started, Vern was given a Farm Deferment to provide milk to the Navy. He volunteered for the Ground Observer Corps, serving over 500 hours watching for enemy planes. As an adult he raised his family on the same farm he grew up on where he operated ‘Vern’s Milk House” and later, ‘Vern’s Organic Topsoil’. Vern also spent several years working for and shipping milk to Darigold. The Martinson Homestead Cabin was donated to the City of Poulsbo (now known as the Martinson House Museum). It is located at Nelson Park in Poulsbo, Washington. Pat and Vern served as docents for the Museum for several years. Vern loved spending time with his family and friends. He had a deep love for God, family, and his country. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When he was in his 70’s he learned how to carve and won several ribbons at the fair for his carvings. He loved to spend time outside on his porch enjoying his garden, the birds, and his beloved squirrels. Vern enjoyed playing horseshoe’s and was still pitching horseshoes at age 91. His horseshoe team won several championships in Yuma, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Gladys ‘Pat’ (of Poulsbo, Washington) four adult children (with previous wife Della McGuire): Steven Martinson (Marilyn) of Ferndale, Washington; Jean Rose-Weilert (Tom) of Graham, Washington; Judy Cline (Jim) of Lacey, Washington; Brad Martinson (Theresa) of Culdesac, Idaho; and four adult daughters (from his marriage to Pat Martinson) Carrie Dunlap (Dan) of Keyport, Washington; Cynthia Blankenship of Watertown, South Dakota; Cathy Allen (Sam) of Poulsbo, Washington; and Patty English (Patrick) of Poulsbo, Washington. He is also survived by thirty-one grandkids and over 50 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building (2138 NE Mesford Road, Poulsbo, Washington). A graveside service followed at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations to be made to North Kitsap Fishline (Ways to Donate – Fishline (fishlinehelps.org)). Vern was loved by all who knew him and although he will be dearly missed, he will always live in our hearts and memories. An online memorial can be seen at www.poulsbomortuary.com

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