Abner Lavell Martin

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
LaVell Martin square.jpg

Abner Lavell Martin

Abner Lavell Martin, 89, passed away Dec. 8, 2013 at his home in Central, Arizona, surrounded by his loving family.

Lavell was born January 3, 1924 to Joseph Abner and Mary Ann Jenkins Martin.  He was one of 11 children and gained two step-sisters later in life.

In his youth, he was a hard worker and learned many skills while employed at the old Central Market.  Lavell was proud of his working years as a cotton ginner, owning the Corner Market grocery store in Safford, boiler operator at Magma Copper and his life as a farmer-rancher in the San Pedro Valley near Mammoth.  He served in the US Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries in France. In his spare time he loved his grandchildren, playing the harmonica, gardening, lapidary work and silversmithing.

Lavell married Nadine Layton in 1942 and 10 children were born of this union (and not a bad one in the bunch).  After Nadine’s passing in 1992, Lavell married Laree Richardson Herbert, which brought four stepsons into the family for a total of 14 children.   He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions in the church.   His favorite calling was serving in the Mesa Temple for 7 years, 3 ½ with Nadine and 3 ½ with Laree.

Lavell is survived by his children, Verdean (Robert) Smith, Cindy (David) Carter, Grant Martin, Emma (Jon) Batty, Nada (Jimmy) Spurgeon, Pearl Hernandez, Velda (Darvel) Green, Jim (Liz) Martin, Brent (Jan) Martin, and Fred (Sherry) Martin; and stepsons, Ron Herbert, Spencer Herbert, Brent (Diane) Herbert; siblings, Elaine Dallas, James (Margie) Martin, Phil (Kay) Martin, Marva Bryce, Russell (Ina) Martin, and Merna Hubbard; 70 grandchildren, 159 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his spouses, Nadine and Laree; stepson, Terry Herbert; his parents; and siblings, Hoyt, Hugh “Butch”, Alvin, Erma, Farrel and Kay Fyffe.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Old Central LDS Chapel. 

Interment followed at the Central Cemetery.  Military Honors were provided by the Gila Valley Honor Guard.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel.  Online condolences can be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.

admin (7654 Posts)


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Boys and Girls Cross Country finish fourth at San Manuel Invitational

    September 16th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner A total of ten teams competed at the 26th Annual San Manuel Cross Country Invitational.


    Jr. Miners football team suffers first loss of the season

    September 16th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner The Jr. Miners suffered their first loss of the season last Tuesday, falling to the Globe Jr.


    Bunch of firsts in Miners’ win

    September 16th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner The Miners football team won its first game of the year last Friday, the team’s home opener, against Tombstone, 28 – 20.


    Lady Miners playing with heart

    September 16th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner The Lady Miners volleyball team started its season with a win versus San Miguel, 3 – 0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-23).


  • Stories Just For You

    Grover ‘G.C.’ Fairchild Jr.

    January 8th, 2014
    by

    Grover (G.C.) Fairchild, Jr., of San Manuel, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. G.C. was born in Winnsboro, Louisiana, […]


    Lola Wright McGovern (Cardell)

    January 8th, 2014
    by

    Lola Wright McGovern (Cardell) gave up this earthly life in the early morning of Jan. 1, 2014, after a brave […]


    Gary Smith

    January 8th, 2014
    by

    Memorial services for Gary Smith, 54, will be held at Griffith Mortuary Chapel in Kearny on Jan. 10, 2014 at […]


    John ‘Terry’ Terrence Phelan

    January 8th, 2014
    by

    Graveside services for John “Terry” Terrence Phelan, 59, will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Hayden on Friday, Jan. […]


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin