Martin Lee Frederick, of Langley, Wash., went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 5, 2020, after a prolonged illness. He passed away in his own home surrounded by family, according to his wishes.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna (Coates) Frederick; children, Tressa Randolph and Greg (Rachel) Frederick; and grandchildren, Cole, Aidyn and Iris.
Born in Everett, Wash., to Genevieve and Raymond Frederick, Martin, known as “Marty” to friends and family, was the youngest of three children.
He is predeceased by his parents and sister, Bonnie King, and survived by his sister, Karen Hawken, of Oregon, along with cousins, nieces and nephews.
A life-long resident of Washington state, he grew up mainly in the Snohomish area and attended Snohomish High School, graduating in 1963. Even at the age of 75, Marty kept in touch with a few life-long friends, trading stories and shared memories over the phone and occasionally in person.
Marty joined the Navy, serving as a radioman for four years, earning an honorable discharge in 1968. Though he traveled the world during that time on the USS Richard B. Anderson and was stationed on Guam, he was a homebody at heart, returning to Washington state, where he would meet his wife and, later, raise his family.
In 1979, Marty moved to Whidbey Island, Wash., with wife, Donna, and daughter, Tressa, then age 2. They were joined shortly thereafter with the arrival of younger brother, Gregory.
Martin was a faithful provider with a strong work ethic and easy-going nature. He worked for many years as a master carpenter until a disability required a change of direction.
As health allowed, he eventually went on to complete a construction management degree and was hired by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries as a construction compliance inspector, a position he held until his retirement.
Marty was a member of the South Whidbey community for over 40 years and was known for his great sense of humor, steadfastness and deep love of family and friends. He was a member of both the House of Prayer and, most recently, Calvary Chapel Whidbey. His love of the Lord was strong and enduring right to the end.
He enjoyed road trips, reading and spending time with his kids and grandkids at every opportunity.
Marty spent the last six months of his life in hospice care, comfortable and in his own home. He was well-liked by his nurses and caregivers, often making them laugh at his dad-jokes, and they were there for him during his final moments. His family would like to express deep gratitude to Hospice of the Northwest for the exceptional care and compassion during that time.
Martin was laid to rest on Saturday, Aug. 22, in a private ceremony at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, Wash., presided over by Pastor Brett Williams and attended by his wife, children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.