Jerry Martinson, 73, of Williston, North Dakota, passed away late Tuesday evening, at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota.
His Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, July, 1, 2019 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Williston. Rev. David Maxfield will officiate. Interment, with Military Rites, will be in Hillside Memory Gardens following the funeral service.
Friends may call at Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home on Sunday, June 30, 2019 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM and for the hour preceding the service at the church on Monday.
Jerry Arlin Martinson was born on May 21, 1946 to George and Doris Ann (Jacobson) Martinson in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Jerry was raised and educated in Minot and Williston, North Dakota. On August 27th, 1965 he was united in Marriage to Vicki Dick in Williston, North Dakota. Jerry served in the Marine Corp in Vietnam and was a very proud American. He was talented in building everything and worked in the construction industry for many years before selling Caterpillar equipment for over 20 years. He was instrumental in the design of the M series motor graders and made many lifetime friends with his customers.
Jerry was an active member of the community as a fifty year member of the American Legion. He was the youngest Commander of the American Legion at that time. He was also a member of the BPOE Elks #1214, the NRA, The Caterpillar Motor Grader Dealer Advisory Board, and the Association of General Contractors.
Jerry woke each morning with an “it’s a beautiful day” attitude and his motto was “Life is Good”. He and the love of his life, Vicki, had many adventures from riding Harleys across the U.S., to taking the Mustang on great adventures. They made a lot of great memories. He and his friends often referred to Vicki as “Saint Vicki”. He offered many words of wisdom including “Pay Attention”, “Don’t be a Dumba$$”, “Don’t Let the Bad Guys Win” and “I’ll Quit Giving You Bad Advice” (but it was actually good advice and he kept giving it).
He had many hobbies and was a “fixer of everything.” He loved cars, motorcycles, and side by sides. He rebuilt sports cars for his daughters when they were in high school so they would have cool cars to drive, with personalized plates saying DDD1 and DDD2 (dear darling daughter). He also carved diamond willow canes. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren race and play hockey. He always told them he was their Biggest Fan. He will be dearly missed by his loved ones.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Vicki; daughters, Carla (Kevin) Jeffrey, Sonya (Dan) DuPuis; brother Harold (Carrie) Martinson; sister, Wendy (Harlan) Johnson; grandchildren, Kourtney, Kyler, Luke, Haley, Ashlee and Dannette. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Jim and Rollie.
In lieu of plants or flowers, Jerry’s family prefers that memorials be given to the Veteran Charity of your choice.
Friends are welcome to visit www.eversoncoughlin.com to share memories of Jerry or leave condolences for his family.