Edward Victor Martin \nJanuary 20, 1930 – August 14, 2022 \n\nEdward V. Martin, 92, passed away quietly and peacefully on Sunday, August 14, surrounded by his loving wife and family. \n\nEd was born in Westminster, South Carolina on January 20, 1930. His parents were Victor Henry Martin and Hattie Brevard Johns Martin. He was one of five siblings with three older brothers, Nathaniel, Daniel and Charles and a younger sister, Helen. He was the last surviving family member, as all preceded him in death. \n\nEd was married to the love of his life, Vada W. Martin, for 72 years. Together they had three sons, Edward Jr., Bruce, and Michael and one daughter, Elizabeth. His posterity includes his four children, their spouses, as well as 25 grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was proud of and loved each and every one of them. \n\nHaving lost his father at the age of 14, Ed convinced his mother to sign papers allowing him to enlist in the armed services at the age of 17 with the United States Navy. While enlisted, he developed a deep love for his country and duty. He earned several distinguished service medals and was able to become a Gunner’s Mate. On ship, as the Master at Arms, he oversaw the ship’s security and armory. While serving in the Navy for four years, he traveled at sea all over the world and was even on board to witness an atomic bomb testing at sea. \n\nEd was eventually stationed in San Diego, California where he met Vada who had recently moved from southern Utah to live with family members. After a brief courtship, Ed and Vada were married on May 28, 1950. After completing his military service, Ed and Vada relocated to Tampa, Florida to be closer to his family. Ed used his security training to become a police officer, where he was a motorcycle cop for the City of Tampa. Ed told a story, that as a police officer he one time stood up on the seat of his motorcycle and while standing fully erect, rode the entire length of the five-mile Florida Sunshine Skyway bridge! Earlier in life, Ed was an avid hunter and always enjoyed fixing up antique cars with his boys and camping with the family. As he continued in his career, Ed became an executive in the petroleum industry. Working his way up from the bottom and Ed rose to the position of Senior Vice President for Allied Chemical’s division of liquid petroleum for 30 years. \n\nAfter retiring from his career with Allied Chemical, Ed and Vada returned to Vada’s home state of Utah and have resided in Orem for the past 32 years spending time between Orem and Vada’s childhood home in Escalante, Utah. In Escalante he loved exploring Indian digs, hiking, and improving the family homestead. Ed was devoted to service and was always happiest when doing chores and improvements around the house or providing service to others. He also loved to take the grandkids out to hunt Indian arrowheads, and always made sure that there were plenty of arrowhead finds along the way. Once retired, he and Vada became avid travelers, taking extended BYU travel abroad tours to all four corners of the world and attending annual reunions across the U.S. with his Navy shipmates. He was passionate about BYU football as a season ticket holder for many years and watched the Utah Jazz. \n\nEd did not grow up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Rather, it was Vada that introduced him to the Church. Even though he grew up Christian, Ed and Vada were married for 11 years before Ed gained a full and complete testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and was baptized in Florida in 1961. Within 18 months of being baptized, Ed, Vada and their two children Eddie and Bruce were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Joining the Church was a pivotal moment for Ed. In fact, he claimed that it saved his life. He was 100% invested and served in many church callings and leadership capacities throughout Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee including Temple Worker, Branch President, Counselor in the Bishopric, Bishop, Counselor in the Stake Presidency, Stake Mission President, as well as Stake President as called and set apart by Gordon B. Hinckley. Also, being the only member of the Church in his family, Ed felt a strong desire to find a connection with his ancestors. So, once he retired, he set up a home office dedicated to genealogy, where he spent countless hours over the next 25 years researching, networking, and learning the Church systems to record the necessary information and provide the saving temple ordinances to those that came before him. \n\nMost importantly Ed, loved his Savior Jesus Christ and His Restored Gospel. Together he and Vada set strong and daily examples of Church service, attendance, and gospel study. As the spiritual leaders for their family, their guidance helped their children, spouses, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren to live the Gospel and provide faithful church service through local callings, missions, and temple service. \n\nKnown for a quiet and confident demeanor, Ed truly leaves a legacy of love, respect, and Church service for his entire family to emulate. His answer was always ‘yes’ to any Church calling or anything that he was asked to do. He was a loving and devoted husband, a wonderful father, grandfather, and great human being. He is survived by his wife Vada, and three children, Bruce, Michael, and Elizabeth. His is preceded in death by his son Edward Jr. \n\nThere will be a public viewing at the Orchard 7th Ward Building, 810 East 600 North, Orem, Utah 84097 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., on Friday, August 19, 2022, prior to the Funeral service at the same location at 11:00 a.m. on the same date. The following day, internment will take place at the Escalante Cemetery in Escalante, Utah at 11:00 a.m.