Douglas J. Martin, 43, of Le Mars died suddenly, Friday, May 7, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Douglas James Martin was born July 31, 1960, to Milt and Dorothy (Friese) Martin in Worthington, Minn. Doug graduated from Le Mars Community High School in May 1979. In high school, Doug participated in wrestling and football. He continued his education at Westmar College graduating with a degree in English. He later returned to Westmar to continue his education where he received his teaching credentials. In the fall of 1998, Doug began teaching at Remsen St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. He taught English and psychology and was the individual speech coach. He loved to teach and help his students.
Doug was united in marriage to Angela Swanson on Feb. 1, 1992, in Le Mars. Doug and Angela were blessed with a daughter, Michaela. He enjoyed fishing with friends and family, painting, writing, and going swimming with his daughter Michaela.
Doug, Angela and Michaela are members of the Le Mars Bible Church.
Doug's family was his world, he lived his life for the Lord. He enjoyed witnessing to others and was willing to share the word with everyone. He was the best husband, father, son, brother and friend anyone could ask for.
Survivors include his wife, Angela and daughter Michaela of Le Mars; his father and his wife, Milt and Ruth Martin of Le Mars; brothers, Tom (Melinda) Martin of Pierce, Neb., Jim (KerryLee) Martin of Lisburn, North Ireland; Step-brothers, Aaron (Katie) Lee of Seattle, Wash., and Adam (Amanda) Lee of Ventura, Calif.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ken and Betty Swanson of Le Mars, brother-in-law, Roland Swanson of Brookings, S.D.; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, co-workers and students.
Doug was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy (Friese) Martin; a brother, Michael Martin; step-mother, Connie (Lee) Martin; and grandparents.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Le Mars Bible Church (1550 Seventh Ave. S.E.) with Pastor Fred Gums officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Le Mars Bible Church with the family present to greet friends after 6 p.m. Monday evening. A prayer service led by Larry Adler will follow at 7 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be Tom Martin, Jim Martin, Aaron Lee, Adam Lee, Roland Swanson, and Kirk Holland. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Doug's brothers in Christ.