Timothy John Martin, 61, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Cedar Rapids, died peacefully at his home.
Survivors include his sons, Tyler and Jaren Martin; his mother, Mary Martin; his siblings, Steve (Maura) and their children, Jessica, Sean and Bonnie; Dan (Becky) and their daughter, Abby; Joe; Molly (Bill) and her daughters, Lucy (Kevin) and their children, Ever and Isla; and Ellyn (Mick). He also is survived by aunt and uncle, Patty and Don (Scoop) Everist; cousins, Meg (Mike), Peggy and Doug; and many more beloved family members.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank L. Martin; aunt and uncle, Anne and Al Lethbridge; and grandparents, Arthur (Gunga) and Agnes Mallon and Floyd and Beatrice Martin.
On our mother's 30th birthday, Jan. 14, 1958, she was given a very special gift, her baby boy, Timmy.
Because of the sudden death of our father in 1959, it become a community effort to raise the Martin children. With our father's passing in July, our mother received her final gift from Frank a little girl, Molly, born on Christmas day.
Mary's children became her life and she raised them, provided for them and gave them all the love she could. She was helped in this endeavor by her brother-in-law Scoop and her sister Patty.
Tim attended Regis High School for two years and then graduated in 1976 from Washington High School, both in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Upon graduation, he moved to Colorado, where his adult life began. He loved skiing and managed the Sporting House, a ski rental shop in Dillon, for years. After 10 years in Colorado, he moved to Arizona.
He became the manager of an Arizona-based Beatles cover band called Apple. His next adventure would be touring with them around the world, from Hawaii to Singapore and Japan, and everywhere in between.
Upon his return to Phoenix, he started his family, welcoming his sons Tyler and Jaren. They were the pride and joy of his life.
While bringing up his family, he became the manager of numerous high-end restaurants and served numerous celebrities which he loved to tell stories about. Another passion of Tim's was golf, and he has been quoted to say he started when he was 8 years old and his favorite club was the 8-iron.
He suffered a stroke in the early 90s and he had to rehabilitate and persevere. His journey wasn't over yet
he became the food and beverage director of Tonto Verde, a premier golf community and country club located just outside of Fountain Hills, Ariz., for 20 years.
After years of battling physical ailments, he was unable to continue his passions in the food and beverage industry. After years of suffering, he is finally pain-free.
It was Tim's nature to have and maintain lifelong friendships from his Cedar Rapids school years, Colorado and Arizona. The family would like to thank all these wonderful friends who he cherished throughout his life. Tim's spirit will live on and we are blessed that he brought so much joy to each and every one of our lives.
Please send your condolences to Mary Martin, 2222 First Ave. NE #104, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402. There will be an open house for friends and family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in April, TBD.