Clarence James "Jim" Martin (of Summit County)

Born: Mon., Oct. 20, 1930
Died: Mon., Oct. 19, 2015

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Clarence James (Jim) Martin of Summit County passed away of natural causes on October 19, 2015. He was born October 20, 1930 in Peru, Indiana, the youngest of four children born to Omer and Martha (Timmons) Martin.  
In 1946 Jim Martin and Delbert Tolen, both 16 at the time, came to Montezuma to mine silver with his older brother Tom Martin at the Burke-Martin Mine. During the school year Jim made his own way washing dishes at the Moose Jaw and working as a ranch hand for Glen Heeney and Dick Heckendorf.   Jim graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1950.  
Jim was an Airman 1st Class in the USAF during the Korean War first based in Korea and later in Osaka, Occupied Japan.  He was a flight mechanic for the P-51 called the “Colorado Mustang”. He also worked on the first U.S. jets, the F-86 and F-100 Sabre. His unit’s moniker was “No Guts, No Glory”.  For his service he earned the Korean and UN Service Medals, a Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.  
After the war he attended CU Boulder then went on to work as a demolition and explosives expert around the world. In 1966, Jim, as part of RMKBRJ in Vietnam, worked as a military advisor coordinating construction projects between U.S. Forces and ARVN military. For his work in Vietnam, Jim was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Badge.  
Jim came home to Montezuma after being Vietnam for eight years where he and brother Tom both worked on the Eisenhower Tunnel. Jim’s career took him to Alaska, and overseas to Saudi Arabia and Iran. On December 31, 1977, Jim suffered traumatic injuries in an explosives accident at a copper mine in Iran causing the loss of his left eye.
Jim was lifetime member and former Master of Breckenridge’s Masonic Lodge #47.  He had a great sense of humor and had many lifelong passions including a love for history. Jim enjoyed to hunt, fish, read, play cards, and ride horses. As a young man he would often ride his beloved horse Ranger from Montezuma to Breckenridge just to catch the latest Western movie.
Jim is survived by loving wife Kim, daughters Martha and Tracey, son Robert, daughter-in-law Leah, son in-law Ed Tolen, stepson Kevin Burton, grandchildren Jennifer, Thomas and Sydney, great-grandson Calvin; nieces and nephews Mike, Bob, Lynn and Hannah, great nephew Luke and many friends.
Jim was preceded in death by siblings Robert, Tom and June, niece Ann, granddaughter Crystal and best friend Delbert Tolen.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Breckenridge Masonic Lodge #47, PO Box 0761, Breckenridge, CO 80424.

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rob n donna ilves
   Posted Thu October 22, 2015
im sure that all the angels above greeted the newcomer with open arms. heaven, we know, just got a little bit nicer.
are thoughts are with you.
with deepest sympathy.
rob n donna

Carole Sharp Rogers
   Posted Sat October 24, 2015
I grew up in Montezuma and remember Jim riding Stranger through town. He was a true gentlemen. Prayers to the family.

Bonita Pfeiffer
   Posted Sun October 25, 2015
Jim and Kim always showed incredible kindness & generosity to our family. We always treasured his Montezuma connections. We bought our house in Zuma from Jim & Kim and we valued their friendship. Jim & his brother Tom were certainly characters in the Montezuma story & I feel honored to have known them. Prayers and positive energy to the family.
Love Bonnie & Family

   Posted Tue October 27, 2015
I knew Jim Martin for a short while a long time ago while I dated his daughter Martha. He was nice man about whom I never heard a negative word. My condolences to Jim's family and many friends.

Martha Martin
   Posted Wed October 28, 2015
Jim: Sorry we forgot to add some information to your obit. You worked in Alaska on the Pipeline at Valdez. Saudi Arabia mining rock for road base. Your final job was in Rifle (1978-1982) working for Occidental mining Oil Shale. Unfortunately, your supervisors designated you to take Al Gore on the mine tour of the fractured strata, and Occidental pulled out of Rifle. Black Sunday for the Western Slope.

Your horses' name was "Ranger," and because of your sense of humor he was known as "Stranger."

I love you, I miss you. I miss our history conversations.

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