Juanita Martin, 87, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at her home on the Sumpter highway. She was raised in Rogue River, Oregon, and graduated from Rogue River High School in 1951. She attended OTI in Klamath Falls in 1952 and earned a Certificate in Dental Assisting. She married Jim Martin in Rogue River in 1953 and moved to Oceanside, California where Jim was stationed at Camp Pendleton in the Marine Corp.
They moved in 1958 to Baker, Oregon where they worked and raised their family. In 1967 they purchased 160 acres on the Powder River south of Baker. They cleared property, built a home, and have lived there ever since. She liked visiting with other ranch ladies in the Bowen Valley area.
Juanita enjoyed horse-back riding and was involved with 4-H for ten years, teaching and leading young people with the Silver Spurs and Dooley Mountaineers horse clubs. She worked for Basche-Sage Hardware for a number of years in the Sporting Goods department, and as a librarian at Brooklyn Elementary School in Baker.
In later years, after retiring, Jim and Juanita enjoyed traveling throughout the Western United States, including British Columbia and Alaska.
The focus of her life was her family; raising and being a part of her husband, children, and grandchildren’s lives. She was a great cook, and the best wife, Mom, and grandmother a person could ask for.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister. Juanita is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jim Martin of Baker City; children Debra Martin of Lake Isabella, California, Susan Badgley (Rick) of Baker City, and Dan Martin (Julie), also of Baker City; two grandchildren, Andrew Martin (Ashley) of Prairie City, Oregon, Jennifer Adams (Josh) of Meridian, Idaho; one great-grandson, Oliver Martin of Prairie City.
Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Or 97814.
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