Clifford Ray McMartin
May 28, 1931 ~ April 30, 2020
Clifford R. McMartin, 88, Brandon, died Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Cliff was born on May 28, 1931, in Canistota, SD to William Ray McMartin and Marie Jane (White) McMartin. He grew up with 7 brothers and 5 sisters: Elaine, Tom, Lillian, Nereida, Rose, Hazel, Bob, Kenny, Jim, Joe, Ole, and Jerry. Cliff was a 1949 graduate from Brandon High School.
Cliff served in the US Army and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars, and United Nations Service Medal. Cliff was released to the Army Reserve in 1953.
Cliff married Susie Hartog in 1954. Together, they bore and raised 4 children: Mickie, Monte, Marilyn, and Marlys. They moved to Brandon, SD in 1959. Cliff worked as an assembly linesman at Horner Waldorf (now Stone) for 40 years prior to retirement.
Cliff loved travel, gardening, polka dancing, and baseball. He was an active member and volunteer of the Brandon Lutheran Church. Cliff was a founding lifetime member of the Brandon VFW.
Cliff is fondly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Susie (Hartog) McMartin, of the home; four children, Mickie (Lyle) Schrag, Broken Arrow, OK, Monte (Colleen) McMartin, Kalamazoo, MI, Marilyn (Andrew Bottino) McMartin, Selah, WA, and Marlys Pack, Stamping Ground, KY; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren, and 8 siblings.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother, Tom, and sisters, Elaine, Lillian and Nereida.