In loving memory of

Johnny Martin
January 6, 1947 - March 10, 2020

John "Johnny" Martin, 73, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at his home. He was born in Ft. Madison, January 6, 1947 to Merlin and Louise Boecker Martin. He attended Mt. Pleasant High School and was of the Baptist faith.
Johnny served in the Navy from 1965 - 1969 and was aboard the USS Orleck during the Vietnam Conflict. For 33 years, he worked construction for H. Eugene Smith Construction.
He was a Cubs fan, enjoyed football and NASCAR, liked to mushroom hunt, camp and fish, and spend time with his family. He especially enjoyed helping other people.
Survivors include his children; Melissa (Shawn) Johnson of Canada, Thomas James Martin and Tina Rene Martin, both of Mt. Pleasant, and Andrea Rose Martin (Kyle Rossman) of Columbus Junction; eight grandchildren; Megan, Luke, Logan, Levi, Maize, Daja, Maleiah, Saylor and one on the way; two great-granddaughters; Brylee and Braelynn; sisters, Linda (Don) Messer of Washington, Iowa, Yvonne (Nathan) Kerr of Morning Sun, Gloria (Robert) Wageman of Michigan; one brother James Martin of New London, and brother-in-law Doyle Dunn of Mt. Pleasant. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Thomas Neil Martin; sister Patricia Dunn, grandson Dayton and sister-in-law Jeanette Martin.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to a 10:00 AM celebration of life service, Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Elliott Chapel. Pastor Troy Weigert will officiate with military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard. According to his wishes his body will be cremated following the service and inurnment will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant at a later date. Immediately following the service the family will receive friends at the chapel with light refreshments. A memorial has been established for the Veteran's Hospital in Iowa City. Online condolences may be left at


Bill Brandt and Lori wrote on Mar 15, 2020:

"John Boy was a great man , honest , hard working , . He will be missed . He will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Hugs to you all ."

Billy and Mark wrote on Mar 13, 2020:

"So sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. We were cousins and my brother and I thought he was the coolest guy ever. Back in the 1970's he stayed with us out in California and blew our minds when he would pump up his muscles by blowing through his thumb. Oh, and he also ate raw chili peppers like they were carrots. He was like the Fonz to us. We will miss you man!"

Sandy wrote on Mar 13, 2020:

"You fought your battle for so long may you now be at peace-God Bless You-it was a pleasure to know you ?"

Kent Hunter wrote on Mar 12, 2020:

"I knew Johnny for a few years, working construction jobs with him shortly after high school. I found him to be hard working, patient for the new laborer, and a mentor to me while not knowing anything about construction. Johnny was a friendly guy that would do anything for you that you needed. May God have mercy on his soul! RIP. Kent Hunter"