Martin, Lawrence Alexander

Martin, Lawrence Alexander

April 9, 1927 – October 26, 2016
Age 89 of Robbinsdale, fondly known as Snork, left this earth on October 26, 2016 to join his wife, Joyce Elaine Martin (Flakne) and many other family members and friends in heaven. Snork was born on April 9, 1927 in Robbinsdale to Mary Martin. He was the youngest of 7 and quickly established himself as the jokester of the family. Eager to start on his life as an adult, and join his 4 brothers, he enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served in World War II. Snork met Joyce, fell madly in love and they were married on New Year’s Eve in 1949. In January of 1951, Carol Ann joined their family, followed by Lawrence (Larry) Dale in April of 1952. Daniel (Dan) Patrick completed their family in December of 1957. Snork was a man of abundant faith and attended St. Austin’s Catholic Church for 50+ years. He enjoyed a long career as an electrician and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #292 for 60+ years. Snork’s life after retirement was filled with playing with grandkids, golf, bike riding, card playing, fishing, telling jokes, catching and driving squirrels to the other side of the Mississippi, rootin’ around in the garage and garden and more playing with grandkids and golf. Late in life, he learned to make a mean peanut butter cookie. The whole family treasured the week spent at the lake all together every summer. Snork was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Mary Martin, his in-laws, who became parents to him, Burt and Violet Flakne, his wife Joyce, his brothers Les Martin, Jack Martin and Fritz Martin and his sister Agnes Dirschel. He leaves behind his brother Clarence Martin and his sister Lorraine Almich, his children Carol (Chris) Hunter, Larry (Linda) Martin, Dan (Laurie) Martin, grandchildren Kyle (Cory) Hunter, David Martin, Kristen (Adam) Levitt, McKenzie (Sam) McCarthy, Kelly Hendrickson, Jenny (Sean) McDougall, Brian (Sarah) Martin, Alyson Martin and Alex Martin and great-grandchil-dren Marley, Isla, Violet, Estelle, Kennedy, Maddy, Lily, Liam, Ian, Adalyn, Emelia and Isabel. He also leaves behind a special friend, Ellen. We will remember him for his silly jokes and sayings. He had an entire vocabulary that was all his own. We will also remember him for the lessons he taught us all about laughing loud and often, loving deeply and expressing it and cherishing every moment with family. He made this world a happier place and in memory of him, we ask that you tell a corny joke to someone to make them smile. Dad, Snoose, Grandpa, Papa, in form true to you, we say our final “see you later” through this catchy little diddy “An old cowboy went riding out one dark and windy day Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way Yippie yi ooh, yippie yi yay Ghost riders in the sky. (Published in Star Tribune on Nov. 5, 2016)