PRICE - Martin Levan Hamaker, age 95 of Price, passed away Aug. 30, 2008 at Castleview Hospital.
He was born to Levan and Mary Elizabeth Jenkins-Hamaker on May 14, 1913 in Verna. He married Ida Ellen Tweddell on June 10, 1944 in Bennett.
In 1932, he entered CC Camp in the Vernal area and served for a year.
He worked for Alfred Kuhn in Sacramento, Calif., from 1934 to 1941 then entered the United States Army on March 18, 1941. He served until Nov. 6, 1945. Later moved to Vernal to work at the phosphate plant from 1960 to 1966.
He operated heavy equipment for Hiawatha and Wattis coal mines, then retired in 1975 from Hiawatha.
He enjoyed farming, welding, fishing, lapidary, poetry, and inventing.
Because of his willingness to serve and compassion for others, he made countless friends.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has a granddaughter currently serving as an LDS missionary in the West Virginia-Charleston mission.
Martin is survived by his children, Martin (Vonna) Hamaker of Moab, Marion (Gloria) Hamaker of Price, Glenice (Danny) Bentley of Vernal and Coreena (Scott) Johnson of Price; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three brothers; two sisters; and numerous extended family members. Martin was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Ellen; grandson, Jason Wayde Hamaker; parents; four brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Price 3rd LDS Ward, 303 West 500 South. A viewing will be Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 680 E. 100 South, Price, and on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment with military honors will be at the Price City Cemetery.