John Martens

John Wesley Martens

Wednesday, October 19th, 1927 - Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
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John W. Martens, 92, of Port Huron, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 19, 1927, the son of Emil Cyril Martens and Elizabeth Clarke Martens. He married Jeanne Cudlip on October 1, 1971 in Port Huron, Michigan.

John was an agent with State Farm Insurance and retired from the company after 40 years of service. He was actively involved in theater where he enjoyed both acting and directing. John was a member of the Port Huron First United Methodist Church and was a part of the Men's Club and Choir. He loved playing golf, woodworking, and he enjoyed spending quality time with his family, especially with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Jeanne are his children, Debby (Bill) Buechner of Orlando, Florida, John T. (Sue) Martens of Bradenton, Florida, Michele Martens of San Diego, California, Eileen Lowe (James Peters) of Orlando, Florida; step-children, Diane (Gary) Barnett of Folsom, California, Jim (Maggie) Cudlip of Gilbert, Arizona, Michael Cudlip of Honor, Michigan, and Cheryl (Franz) Miller of Phoenix, Arizona; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to Port Huron First United Methodist Church.

Interment and graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 12, 2020, at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Port Huron.

Arrangements were entrusted to Smith Family Funeral Home of Port Huron.

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  • Interment

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 10:00am
    Mt. Hope Cemetery
    1209 Krafft Rd
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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Marlon Smith

Posted at 09:19pm
Jeanne, I loved singing with John and his quick wit that kept us so amused through the years. I remember him fondly for giving me a huge Chevy when I was beginning my time at Alma College! What a boat and what a load of college stuff that car could carry!
You two have been special to me and DeAnn both and we will miss John deeply but remember him so fondly.

God Bless you and your family.

Marlon Smith


Posted at 09:48am
My heart Aches! What a wonderful man! Thank you John for all your wisdom, training & kindness! I'm so glad you had so many retirement years! Oh the worry you had that you would be bored!! Thank you for being my role model & teaching me (almost) everything you knew about business! You are a treasure & will be forever missed! Jeanne & family, my prayers are with you! Please be sure to let me know the future plans (in case I miss them) LOVE TO YOU ALL.... Colleen May

Rich and Sue Weinert

Posted at 08:53am
So sorry for your loss John and Susan. Peace and prayers to you and your family.

Diane (Burns) Merriman

Posted at 08:02am
Jeanne and family - I am very sorry for your loss of John. I lived at 2115 Division St. in Port Huron and remember your family well. I am glad you have all of them to help give you support and comfort. You will be in my prayers.
Diane (Burns) Merriman

Sally Jackson

Posted at 09:05am
I’m so sorry to hear this. John was a great guy and a wonderful employer. He sure loved his visits to McDonalds. That was the last time I saw him and Jeanne and we had a nice visit.

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