Stephen Ralph MartinJuly 26, 1955 ~ September 5, 2017 (age 62)
Stephen ‘Surfer Steve’ Ralph Martin, Meridian, Idaho, died suddenly on September 5, 2017 at the age of 62.
Steve is survived by his wife, Janice Martin (née Gallant); three sisters, Linda Hice, Cheryl Martin and Caryl Martin and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death his parents, Herbert and Virginia Martin (née Tremmeling).
Steve was born in Santa Maria, California on July 26, 1955. He quit high school to help support his family after his father became disabled. Steve joined the Navy and served four years as Machinist Mate Class A. He was very proud to have served on the ships that evacuated American personnel during the final days of the Vietnam Conflict. After serving his country, he returned to California and worked as a truck driver delivering ice cream. Steve’s infectious laugh and laid-back easy-going attitude endeared him to everyone who met him.
Steve was an avid surfer and loved riding waves along the California coast. He started working in the copier business and moved to Idaho to work for Fishers Document Systems where his can-do, fun-loving attitude endeared him to co-workers and clients alike. Although he had to give up ‘water surfing’ Steve started ‘surfing the highways’ on his Harley-Davidson Deuce and later a 2007 Ultra Classic Harley-Davidson that he had custom painted to resemble a wood-grained ‘Woody’ station wagon. Steve joined the Intermountain Chapter of Harley Owners Group and made life-long friends whom he enjoyed traveling many roads with and fell in love with the mountains and deserts of Idaho. In 2010 Steve married Janice Gallant and together they became inseparable. Steve enjoyed fishing, golfing, woodcraft, rock hounding, making custom jewelry, and exploring off-road with Janice and their beloved boxer, Harley.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Thursday September 14th at Cloverdale Funeral Home, 1200 N. Cloverdale Road, Boise, ID 83713 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.