Lester B. Martin, 82, Mennonite minister and bishop, president of Martin’s, father of 14

By on April 10, 2019

Lester B. Martin, 82, of Denver, entered into rest peacefully at his residence, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Lester was ordained as a minister for Meadow Valley Mennonite Church on Dec. 5, 1961, and ordained as a bishop in the Weaverland Mennonite Conference on June 19, 1991.

He was a partner in John F. Martin & Sons Meats and Martin’s Country Market from 1961 to 2017, and also served as company president for over 30 years.

He was the son of the late John F. and Edna (Burkholder) Martin. He was the loving husband of Esther Mae (Musser) Martin, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

Surviving in addition to his wife are 14 children: Sharon (Lloyd) Weiler of Manheim; Sylvia (Glen) Martin of Narvon; Gerald (Doreen) Martin of Bernville; Joyce (Edward) Good of Memphis, Mo.; Kenneth (Lucy) Martin of Stevens; Brenda (Dale) Martin of Denver; Shirley Nolt of Bernville; Carolyn (Carl) Fox of Schaefferstown; Christine (Daryl) Hurst of Red Creek, N.Y.; Jay (Regina) Martin of Denver; Curtis (Michelle) Martin of Savannah, N.Y.; Esther (Nevin) Nolt of Denver; Dean Martin of Robesonia; Rose (Jeffrey) Brubaker of Reinholds; 76 grandchildren; and 89 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are seven siblings: Nora (Amos) Hoover, Arlene (Earl) Sauder, Elvin Martin, John (Mary Ann) Martin, Amos (Edna) Martin, Ervin (Joyce) Martin, and Anna (Vernon) Weaver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Weaver; and two infant brothers: Franklin and Harold.

Services were held April 9 at Meadow Valley Mennonite Church, Ephrata, with Bishop Melvin Martin officiating. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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