Ronnie D. Martin

Born: Mon., Jul. 14, 1952
Died: Mon., Oct. 4, 2021

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Oct. 13, 2021
Location: Pendleton Convention Center

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Ron D. Martin, 69, of Pendleton died October 4, 2021 in Spokane, Washington with his family by his side.  He was born July 14, 1952 in Portland to Delbert and Myrtle (Taylor) Martin.  A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at the Pendleton Convention Center.

He graduated from Portland’s Jefferson High School in 1970.  After serving his funeral director apprenticeship, he attended San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.  He received his funeral director’s license in 1975. He worked at various funeral homes in California and Oregon before managing Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Home in Salem, Bateman Funeral Home in Newport, and Pacific View Memorial Chapel in Lincoln City.  In 2008, Ron and his wife Valori purchased Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop.  His dedication to professionalism in funeral service led him to serve on various committees and as president of the Oregon Funeral Directors Association. April of 2021 marked his 50th year in the profession.

He and Valori Worthington were married on January 24, 1988 in Yankton, Oregon.  

Ron did not know a stranger.  He loved the Pendleton community and was involved in many aspects of community support.  He was a member of Rotary, Elks Lodge and Eagles Lodge.  He enjoyed volunteering at many community projects and events.  Supporting the VFW was especially important to him.  He loved his country and was grateful for the sacrifices of our veterans.  He received various awards because of his dedication and volunteerism to his community.  In 2009, Ron and Valori received the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award, in 2017 he received the Main Street Cowboys Tenderfoot of the Year award, and in 2018 the Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year award.

Music was a great passion in his life. He could be found playing his guitar at a Saturday afternoon jam at the Great Pacific, at the Main Street Farmer’s Market, or as the entertainment for many community events.  His renditions of Neil Diamond songs were the most requested.

He liked fishing, hunting, camping or anything in the outdoors.  In the last few years, he found joy in beekeeping.  

Survivors include his wife Valori; sons Elon and Devin; nephews Don, Duane, Danny; and nieces Cheryl and Debbie.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Della and Sylvia

Memorial contributions in memory of Ron can be made to VFW Post 922, Hope For Healing or a charity of your choice in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE  Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.

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Kim Lindell
   Posted Thu October 07, 2021
My husband and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of Ron to our community. He will be missed.

Alan Feved
   Posted Thu October 07, 2021
So sorry to hear of this. Ron was such an asset to the community. I will not be able to attend services, but my thoughts are with him, Valerie and the family.

Barbara Palmer
   Posted Thu October 07, 2021
A truly wonderful man who was so good to Pendleton! He will be missed ❣️
He and Valerie were so respectful, loving and kind to those they served. Wishing you every blessing Valerie. Love, Barb Palmer

Ron & Deanna Burton
   Posted Fri October 08, 2021
We are so sad to hear of Ron`s passing. He was a wonderful man who gave a lot of comfort to everyone who went through a loss & showed so much respect for the loved one`s of each family. We pray that God will be with his wife & family during this sad time. Ron & Deanna Burton

Kim Watkins
   Posted Fri October 08, 2021

A truly wonderful man who was so good to Pendleton! He will be missed ❣️
He and Valerie were so respectful, loving and kind to those they served. Wishing you every blessing Valerie and the family. May these time wrap you up with memories!

Cindi LeGore
   Posted Fri October 08, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron was a very important part of our
community and will be missed by us all.

Dave Webb
   Posted Sat October 09, 2021
Ron was the fine guy I’m sorry for your loss

   Posted Sat October 09, 2021
Val sorry to hear about Ron he will be missed here in Pendleton ,again sorry for your loss.

bob yount
   Posted Sat October 09, 2021
I am heartbroken. I've have known Ron since 1974 when we graduated together from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. It was during this school year we were roommates at Keaton's Mortuary in San Rafael, CA. and have stayed in consistent contact over these many years. For his birthday in 1974, I was able to present Ron with his first really 'nice' guitar. This memory is very special. Ron's dedication to his profession was inspiring. His laugh, smile, and his friendship will stay with me. My spirit aches at the loss of my friend. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Juan and Carolyn Erice
   Posted Sat October 09, 2021
We are so saddened and shocked to hear about Ron. Such a caring man. He will be greatly missed..Our condolences and prayers for the family..

Kate Ely
   Posted Sun October 10, 2021
Dear Martin family,

My deepest condolences for your loss of a warm, thoughtful and genuinely happy human being. He leaves us wanting to be more like him, a model of kindness. The Pendleton community will miss him and the songs he sang.

Take care, Kate

Chuck & Susan Wood
   Posted Mon October 11, 2021
Valori and family - our hearts are heavy with grief and warm with fond memories of Ron. What an asset to the entire community. He was the happy troubadour of kindness, love, and positive energy. We are so sorry for your loss even more so given we are unable to attend the service on Wednesday due to family illness.

Nancy Thompson
   Posted Mon October 11, 2021
Valori and family -
I was stunned to hear of Ron's passing. You both have been so kind and helpful to our families when Dad, and more recently Mom, passed away. Praying for peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

Kathy and Philip Houk
   Posted Wed October 13, 2021
We were saddened to learn of Ron’s passing. Kathy believes there could not have been a better ‘first citizen’ partner. You both always have had the community’s welfare in mind. Thank you for choosing Pendleton in which to share your many talents. We have always enjoyed time spent together.
We can not attend the service but will have you in our thoughts and hearts.
With love, Phillip and Kathy

Claud and Charlotte Smith
   Posted Wed October 13, 2021
We met Ron and Valori at the worst time of our lives. We couldn’t have asked for more wonderful, caring, kind people to help us through it. Later, we were so happy to see them around town and listen to Ron play his guitar on Main Street.
This is a huge loss to everyone who knew him. 💔

Tim & Val Pilch
   Posted Thu October 14, 2021
Val & I were devastated to hear of Ron's passing!
Our hearts go out to you as you recoil from this loss.
Ron was a true blessing to us as we dealt with our own losses over the years. He had the perfect cross of professionalism, compassion and humor. He made everyone feel comfortable to be around both in the midst of dealing with a loss, and to just meet on the street or in the store.
We will be praying for your healing and for peace to settle around you in the future. And we will pray for joy to return!

Judy Jenner
   Posted Thu October 14, 2021
Valori and Family,

It was with surprise and great sadness of heard of Ron's passing. What a gentle man and such a caring individual, not only to individuals experiencing personal grief but also to the people he came into contact with, no matter where they were in their walk through life. He will be tremendously missed!

Chris & Regan Watkins
   Posted Thu October 14, 2021
Dear Valorie, Elon & Devin,
We are so sad to hear of Ron's passing. We have very fond memories of your dad while you were are neighbors in Toledo. Keeping you close in our hearts as you face each day.

Amie Moffett-Swenson
   Posted Fri October 15, 2021
Val & Boys
I can't seem to find fitting words right now. I know my sorrow pales in comparison. The 3 of you were his light and saving grace. Sending all the love and prayers of comfort for you, your family, and your community. Ron was instrumental in my early career and a great mentor when I worked with him and my dad. Such fun memories on the coast... they are both gone now, but maybe directing everything together again :) Please let me know if you need anything that I may help with. My mom sends her love and condolences as well.

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