(507) 645-4153(612) 888-4014

Obituary for Dr. Lawrence Martin

Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Martin passed away Sunday evening, October 29, 2017, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Larry was born in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin on November 6, 1931, to Joe and Elsie (Sky) Martin. Larry’s early life was marked by poverty with food hard to find and many social problems such as violence and alcoholism common to Indian reservations. He liked to recall his maternal grandmother with her strength for the family and love for life. At age 8, Larry and his brother, Billy, and sister Linda were taken from Lac du Flambeau to a farm near Pulaski, […]

show more

Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Martin passed away Sunday evening, October 29, 2017, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield. Larry was born in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin on November 6, 1931, to Joe and Elsie (Sky) Martin. Larry’s early life was marked by poverty with food hard to find and many social problems such as violence and alcoholism common to Indian reservations. He liked to recall his maternal grandmother with her strength for the family and love for life.

At age 8, Larry and his brother, Billy, and sister Linda were taken from Lac du Flambeau to a farm near Pulaski, Wisconsin. He and Billy attended a one-room schoolhouse through 8th grade then through high school in Pulaski. The family was closely involved with the nearby Lutheran church where they were confirmed. They became knowledgeable about farming and Larry throughout his life recalled that knowledge with pride. At that time, he made a very good friend in a Lutheran pastor and chose youth work and the ministry as a possible vocation-a theme that would continue throughout his life.

After high school, Larry attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa to study pre-seminary coursework. While at Luther he was an avid participant in competitive team sports including, wrestling, boxing, football, and basketball. Ultimately his graduation was delayed when a college advisor informed him three months before graduation that they felt society was not ready for an American Indian Lutheran pastor and that he would not be able to graduate. Larry left Luther and began to train for the ministry through the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis. At that time, he worked as an orderly at Fairview Hospital where he met Roberta Stricker. They were married on December 21, 1959. They lived in Minneapolis and had one child, Lisa.

Larry eventually completed his Luther degree and the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to accomplish his Master’s degree in social work administration. Larry is one of the founders of the Upper Midwest American Indian Center. In 1974, the United States of Congress heard considerable testimony before passing the Indian Child Welfare Act on inequitable treatment of Indians as compared to non-Indian children. Larry was involved with testimony for the Congressional Sub Committee on Indian support for the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 or IWCA which is now Federal law that governs jurisdiction over the removal of American Indian children from their families.

In 1988, he received his doctoral degree from Penn State University. He became a University professor and was well loved by students at St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, Duluth and the University of Wisconsin, Superior. We are very grateful for the care provided to Larry from the Three Links Care Center, Northfield, and friendships with residents of the Pathways unit.

Larry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bobbie, his daughter Dr. Lisa Martin of Minneapolis, a granddaughter Emma Crawford of Minneapolis, sister Linda Wright of Milwaukee, WI, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother William Martin.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017, beginning at 11 AM at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, 7045 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church.

Arrangements are with Bierman Funeral Home. biermanfuneralhome.com

show less


Funeral

11:00 AM - November 25, 2017


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Oak Grove Lutheran Church 7045 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis
, Get Directions

1 Comment

  1. Mary Berg

    To the family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. As you cope with your loss, may you find comfort in knowing that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including death (Revelation 21:3,4). May you find peace in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about them and bring them back again (Job 14:13,15). May these words from God’s word, the Bible give you comfort now and strong hope for the future. Deepest sympathy.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Shares
Share This

Share this obituary