Douglas Martin

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Douglas Scott Martin, 52, of Le Mars, died on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars.

Douglas Scott Martin was born on March 11, 1967, in Wakefield, Nebraska, to Roy and Lois (Corey) Martin. He attended elementary and high school at Woodbury Central in Moville, graduating in 1985. During those years, Doug always kept active with Boy Scouts and 4-H.

Following high school, Doug continued his education at Morningside College in Sioux City and Wayne State College at Wayne, Nebraska. He first used his degree in education at South O’Brien High School where he put his love for the sciences to work. He later taught in Mapleton before moving to Le Mars. Doug earned several Master's Degrees that enabled him to teach college level classes at Le Mars Community along with classes at Western Iowa Tech Community College and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.

Doug’s passion for teaching and his students was evident by the groups he led and awards they earned. His 20 years of work with the Space Settlement Design Contest and NASA not only took him and the students to Houston, Texas, where Doug served as a keynote speaker at the international gathering, but also to Delhi, India, where he participated as a CEO in the 13th Annual Asian Regional Semi-Final International Space Settlement Design Competition.

Also close to his heart was his involvement with the Geared Up robotics club which has earned multiple achievements over the years.

He was also a member of the Iowa State Education Association on the local, state and national level. He served on the board of the Iowa State Extension and, in his limited spare time, Doug enjoyed gardening.

Grateful to have shared his life is his mother, Lois Kloewer and her husband, Harold of Moville; three brothers and their wives, Irv and Kelly Martin of Moville, Matt and Tami Martin of Missouri Valley, and Jon and Maria Martin of Omaha, Nebraska; sisters, Michelle Stovia and Melissa Cavalieri and her husband, Chris, both of Papillion, Nebraska; along with nieces and nephews, Jessica, Jordan, Ashley, Jacob, Anna and Abby.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy in 1987; sisters, LeAnn Luck and Lori Martin; and his grandparents.

A Celebration of Doug’s Life will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Chris Meier will officiate. Burial will take place 2:30 p.m., at Arlington Township Cemetery in Moville. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m., Friday, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service on Saturday.

The Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars is assisting Doug’s family with arrangements.

Memorials in Doug’s name may be directed to the Geared Up Robotics Club at Le Mars Community High School.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.