Golden Ellis Martin - Life Sketch
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Golden was born July 28, 1903 in Silver City, Utah. He was named after Apostle Golden Kimball of the L.D.S. Church and after his father, John Ellis. The nickname of "Goldie" was attached to him by his close friends.
The family lived in Silver City while his Dad was working in the mines, then they later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where Golden attended public schools.
As he was the oldest boy of the family when his Father died in 1922, he worked at various jobs to help with the family expenses. He was raised in the L.D.S. 29th Ward of Salt Lake Stake and attended church there most of his life, holding positions of Secretary and Counselor in the Priesthood Quorums and as Ward Clerk in the Bishopric. He also worked in the scouting program. At the time of his death, Golden was a High Priest in the American Fork 7th Ward.
Golden married Louise Margaret Jones in March 1924, and they resided in California, here he went to night school. He then worked as an accountant for the California Gas Company. While in California there born to Golden and Louise two children. The oldest being a boy, Wayne LeRoy and the second being a girl, Billie Jean. During a third pregnancy, Louise died on October 29, 1932 due to complications in childbirth. After her death Golden and the two children moved back to Salt Lake City, where his mother helped him with the children.
About 1933 he met a young woman, who was the children’s Sunday school teacher, by the name of Leah Beckstead. This turned into a lasting relationship as they were married August 8, 1935. To them was born Maxine Leah. Golden bought the old family home at 467 North 10th West, in Salt Lake City, and did some remodeling to it. The family resided there until March 18, 1972 when Leah died of a heart attack. She had been ill for several years with a bad heart, and sugar diabetes.
Golden, inflicted with emphysema for the past 6 or 7 years, was unable to keep up the home and moved to American Fork, November, 1974 where he bought a mobile home near his daughter, Billie Jean, and her husband, James Vasey. Golden passed away in their home after having been in the hospital several weeks before.
Golden's life he worked at may jobs. He was an accountant for several corporations and the United States Government. He did railroading on the Union Pacific, drove trucks for the Arrowhead Trucking Firm and work for the Hustler Four Mills, where he trucked flour to bakeries up and down the state of Utah. During the war years of 1940, he worked for the Arms Plant in Salt Lake and Tooele, where they produced ammunition for the Armed Forces of the United States. After the war was over, he worked for stores around Salt Lake and Ogden as a meat cutter and also worked with his brother, Keith. He then went to work for the Salt Lake City Department of Education as a custodian of three or four schools, the last one being Rose Park Elementary School. He retired about 1970 because of his ill health.
Golden enjoyed many activities during his life. Being an avid sportsman, he had great enthusiasm for hunting and fishing. You could find him at every season out bird hunting, deer hunting or fishing. He knew the Unita Region like a guide and would hike into many lakes, coming home with his limit of fish. During the winter he and Leah would tie their own flies, making many different ones. He spent fishing season with the anticipation of catching the BIG ones.
Bowling was another sport he liked. He belonged to a number of bowling leagues, where he served as secretary. He won many trophies, which he proudly displayed in his home in a beautiful glass case.
Flying was another activity he enjoyed. You could find him down at the Airport flying with his friends in an old Bi-wing plane called the Eagle Rock, or flying cross-country somewhere with his old school friend, Walt Cluff, in his Beachcraft. Later on, he encouraged his brother, Lester, to get a pilot's license, at which time they took many flights together.
In his last few years, he and Leah took to the rock craze. He belonged to the Wasatch Gem and Mineralogist Society of Utah and National Association of Bulletin Editors. He and Leah would travel around the state finding rocks, bring them home to cut, and polish. Out of the cut and polished stones he made beautiful jewelry, rings, necklaces, etc. as he also took classes in the art of working as a silversmith.
Because of his emphysema, Golden's health slowly became worse to the point that he had to give up all his activities.
As I reflect back on his life, I can remember Golden living as fully as he could, doing his jobs efficiently and conscientiously as possible. In all these activities, Golden made many friends through the years, which I am sure could fill a good sized book.
Up to the day of his passing away, he accepted and made the best of his afflictions without complaints. He loved his children and family and cherished his may friendships with others.
He will be missed by us all, but I am sure that each of us that knew him and associated with him have our own memory of the contacts we had with him and will remember them with fond regards.
Life Sketch - By brother, Lester W. Martin, in Funeral Services October 11, 1975, 12:00 noon, Russon Brothers Mortuary Chapel, Salt Lake City, Utah.