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Howard L. Martin

July 21, 1925 — May 10, 2024

Howard L. Martin


Howard L. Martin passed away peacefully on May 10, 2024 just shy of his 99th birthday in his home in Nephi, Utah surrounded by his family after a short battle with pneumonia.

Howard was born on a summer day on July 21, 1925 to Cecil and Beatrice Martin in Scipio, Utah.

He grew up during the depression with one sister and five brothers in a small two bedroom  house in Scipio where he attended elementary school and high school in Fillmore. He always said that their house was plenty big because it was full of love, and they always had room for visitors. He couldn’t understand why people think they need such big houses.

He entered the Navy as a young teenager during the middle of WWII.  During his service in the Navy, he received his mechanical engineering education. He was a survivor on the USS FOGG destroyer which was torpedoed by a German submarine.

Following his service in the Navy, he met the love of his life, Bonnie Jean McPherson and they were married February 8, 1947 and later sealed for time and all eternity in the St. George temple on September 23, 1967.

They welcomed their first child, Jeanne, and 6 years later Kevin. Together they have 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Howard was devoted to his loved ones and admired by everyone who met him. He loved hunting, four-wheeling, fishing, camping, laughing and joking with family and friends. He used humor to get through the toughest times.  He was cracking jokes right up to his last day here on earth. He was a wise counselor to many and was straight forward with his advice.

Just a week ago, Howard was mowing his beautiful large lawn and living independently. At 98 years old, he cut down a 40-year-old cherry tree and took out the roots by himself.


Even as a young kid, Howard was always a hard worker and innovative. He was always everyone’s go-to when you needed something fixed…mechanically, physically, mentally and emotionally.

His faith and love of our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ was exemplified in his devoted unrelenting Christ-like service to all of us. Many of us have said, “What are we going to do without him?”

Howard is loved and admired by many and will be missed more than words can convey. His absence leaves a huge hole in our hearts and we will always remember and miss him. However, we know he is finally reunited and happy with Bonnie, whom he missed dearly for 15 years.

Howard is survived by his daughter Jeanne Noble and his son Kevin (Kristy) Martin, his dog Russ of 12 years, 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, his brothers Ron (Joan) Martin,  Gerald Martin, and Gail (Linda) Martin, along with many nieces and nephews. He was greeted in heaven by his wife, Bonnie, his parents, his in-laws, his sister Donna, and two brothers Max and Paul, his grandson, Anthony Noble, and his great grandson, Alex Noble and many others.

We honor and love him so much.

Funeral services will be Monday, May 20, 2024 at 11:00 am with a viewing from 10:00 to 10:45 at the Nephi 4-5th ward church building, 500 North 355 East, Nephi, Utah. Burial will be at the Vine Bluff Cemetery.

The service will be livestreamed on the Anderson Funeral Home Facebook Page at the following link:
https://www.facebook.com/people/Anderson-Funeral-Home/100068057016733/
(The livestream video will appear when the service starts.)

Howard Martin - Funeral Recording.mp3

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