Ryan Joseph Martin, 33, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Williston. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at Brusie Funeral Home, 626 Broadway, Chico, Calif.
Ryan was born Oct. 16, 1980, to Gerald and Jeanne Martin in Chico, Calif., and attended local schools. After high school, Ryan relocated to Portland, Ore. with his mom, stepdad and brother. He obtained his associates degree from Portland Community College in 2002 and attended PSU up to his senior year.
Ryan was an artist, a musician, a gifted salesman and a joyous human being — he brought a smile to the faces of all who knew him. He was a featured artist in August 2004 at Gallery 500 in Portland, and was published in Artweek magazine October 2004. Ryan lived the Bohemian lifestyle in Portland until summer 2012, when he left the area with his brother Troy for job opportunities in Williston. Despite the harsh conditions there, he enjoyed Williston and remained there until his passing.
Ryan had the warmest heart of anyone in the world, and his death has broken the hearts of those of us who had the privilege of knowing him.
Ryan is survived by his mother, Jeanne; father, Gerald; stepfather, Paul; brothers, Troy and Caleb; grandfather, Bill; best friend, Erin; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends.
Arrangements are under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home, 530-342-5642.