June 17, 1948-Dec. 17, 2014
MISSOULA – Born in San Jose, California, but a longtime resident of Missoula. Marty died peacefully at home. He is survived by his loving wife, Nora; son, Rick (Laura); brother, Bill (Justina); sister, Peggy (Joe) Korona; daughter, Lanie; grandchildren, Dylan, Phoenix, Josh, Theo and Charlie; stepchildren, Sean, Danielle and Jasmine.
Marty's parents, Jim and Francia; brothers, Nick and Jim; and sons, Josh and Teddy, preceded him in death.
Marty grew up in San Jose the second of four boys and one sister. He graduated from St. Mary's College Prep in Berkeley, California. He was drafted and served in Vietnam in 1968-70. Upon his return, he and Linda Lemon were married and had three children. The family moved to Missoula in 1976 and Marty fell in love with his adopted home. They opened Timberline Woodworks and provided Missoula with access to Marty's superb artistic talents. The family became involved in the Catholic church through the Cursillo movement, which allowed Marty to hone his musical talents. After they divorced, Marty met and married Nora Basci, expanding the family. They would have celebrated nine years together on New Year's Day.
Marty was a fine balance of ornery and loving, making him a friend to all. He was the best of fathers, husband, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. He had a love for Montana and the outdoors that spread to all those that he loved and cared for. Marty was an incredible carpenter and artist.
Marty will be remembered by all as having a wicked sense of humor. He was a man who had mastered procrastination, as time was not an issue. He knew no strangers and loved to hug others, as a handshake was not a true form of saying "hello" or "I love you." He was a man who could easily forgive others, letting anything and everything roll off his shoulders.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Parish, 217 Tremont St., in Missoula. A reception will follow.