Warren Pleasant Martin, 88, passed away November 6, 2019 in Loveland. He was born in Englewood, CO on Dec 31, 1930 to Velda Marie (Chumley) and Walter Barry Martin. He was the oldest of 3 brothers and 2 sisters, Richard Bradley, James Walter, Robert Edward, Barbara Marie, and Cheryl Lyn.
He attended college at Pepperdine in California from 1949-1950 with a music scholarship. He sang in several operas and musicals. In 1951, he attended Abilene Christina College in Texas with a bible major. From 1952-1954 he attended UNC and received a bachelor’s degree in music education.
In 1955, he was sent to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, then Fort Knox in Tennessee, then Fort Carson, Fort Hale’s “Operation Cold Spot” in Leadville CO, then back to Fort Carson for mountain climbing finally receiving a training certificate. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1957 and married Ida May Christopherson. They had two sons Michael and Patrick.
Warren taught vocal music in Johnstown, CO beginning in 1958 for the next 6 years. He received his Master’s degree in music education at UNC in 1969. Leaving teaching, he received a Real Estate license and soon purchased a 17-unit apartment building following up with several other apartment buildings.
He was raised as a bricklayer and completed many bricklaying jobs in Greeley on the side including adding an addition to his own house. He divorced Ida May in 1979 and later married Trudy “Eva” Janney (Fields) in 1997 with stepchildren David Janney and Diane Long. He sold the apartments in 2001 to enjoy retirement along with Trudy, singing and playing piano almost daily with Trudy. Trudy recently passed away in July 2019. He was very proud of being a Veteran.
Interment was held at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. His Life Celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 at the First Congregational Church, 2101 16th Street, Greeley, CO 80631. Memorial gifts may be made to “Colorado Christian Services”, 3959 East Arapahoe Road, Suite 200, Centennial. CO 80122 in honor of the founders Walter and Marie Martin or in care of Adamson, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634. Friends may leave condolences at AdamsonCares.com.