Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, August 1983



Wayne Martin, age 70, of Holyoke was killed instantly in a two-vehicle accident 11 miles east and five miles south of Holyoke at approximately 9;05 a.m. Wednesday, July 27. Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Holyoke Saturday morning.


The accident occurred at the intersection of County Roads 61 and 12 in the southeast corner of Phillips County. Martin was a passenger in the pickup driven by Bob Bahler, when the vehicle collided with a pickup driven by Randy Haskell and owned by Dirks Ranch. Haskell was westbound on County Road 12. He skidded 71 feet before colliding with the Bahler pickup in the intersection of Roads 61 and 12, according to the accident report completed by the Colorado State Patrol.  Haskell’s vehicle then spun around and slid broadside for 39 feet, rolled one time and came to rest on its wheels in the north barrow ditch, west of the intersection.  Bahler was northbound on County Road 61. Prior to the collision, he accelerated for 134 feet. Afterwards, his vehicle spun around and slid broadside for 81 feet, rolled a half time, coming to rest on its top, partially on top of the passenger, Wayne Martin. The upper portion of Martin’s body was pinned under the pickup.  County Coroner Dr. M.E. Chesnut was called to the fatal scene. Bahler and Haskell were taken by ambulance to the Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke. Bahler suffered scalp, back and arm contusions and Haskell had scalp lacerations and contusions. Supervising Officer Larry Holestine of the Colorado State Patrol noted Monday that charges on the accident are pending, in wait of a report from the District Attorney.



Funeral services for Wayne H. Martin were held July 30, 1983 at the United Methodist church in Holyoke. Rev. Ralph Bullock officiated.


Wayne Herbert Martin was born December 16, 1912 on a farm near Holyoke. He died July 27, 1983 in an automobile accident near his home. He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Martin of Holyoke. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry, his mother, Mary; and a brother, Lester. He is survived by his sister, Clara Maranville and her husband, Rollo; 2 nephews, 2 nieces, 7 great nieces and nephews, and 1 great great nephew, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. He lived and farmed with his parents until their death, then remained on the farm until his death. Wayne was a loving son, brother, uncle and good neighbor.


Wayne’s life was filled with outdoor sports including playing ball with the Pleasant Valley ball team, hunting and fishing with family, friends and neighbors. In the long winter days he enjoyed playing cards with his friends. An accurate summary of Wayne’s life is well expressed in the words of a friend.  “He spoke well of just about everyone and just about everyone spoke well of him.” Interment was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery with the Thompson Mortuary of Holyoke in charge of arrangements.






State Herald, Holyoke, CO, 22 Nov 1912


On Tuesday morning, November 19, Mrs. Roy Martin died at her home in the southern part of the county. She took a violent cold and was sick only a few days.


She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George North, had grown to womanhood in our county and was highly thought of by a large circle of friends.


She leaves her husband and one child to mourn her death.  The funeral services were held on the afternoon of Tuesday and the remains were laid to rest in the state line cemetery.


NOTE: She was the daughter of George W. North & Susanna M. Yount.





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