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Michael Martin

PRINCETON — Michael "Mack" Wade Martin, 64, of Princeton passed away in a household accident on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at his daughter's home in Pekin.

He was born June 7, 1948, in BeeBe, Ark., to John M. and Wada D. (Blasingame) Martin. He graduated from Monette High School in Arkansas in 1966 and later in life attended college for his CDL and HVAC. His family moved to the Rock Falls area after he graduated. He worked at NW Steel and Wire before he joined the U.S. Army. He served for two years, mainly in Germany as a mechanic. He then worked at LTV Steel for 34 years, worked for the Illinois State Unemployment Office and was currently working at IDOT in the Princeton Barn. He married Marjorie Miller on June 14, 1968, at the Southern Baptist Church in Rock Falls. He volunteered for an ambulance service for 15 years. Mike was also and avid hunter and fisherman. He was a lifelong Baptist and attended various churches during his life.

Mike is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Marjorie Martin of Princeton. Also surviving is one daughter, Michelle Burbridge of North Pekin; one granddaughter, Jade; four brothers, Burnis (Venedia) Martin of Monette, Ark., Troy (Sue) Martin of Jonesboro, Ark., John D. (Kaye) Martin of Hope, Ark., and Mark (Mary) Martin of Rock Falls; two sisters, Bea (J.W.) Smithee of Rock Falls and Phyllis Flier of Pekin; one sister-in-law, Kay Martin of Leesburg, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Patricia Bridges; one brother, Larry Martin; and two nephews, Tony and Marty Smithee.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with Pastor Tim Batchelor officiating. Burial will follow in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to American Legion Post 125.

Online condolences may be left at


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