HARVEY MICHEL “MICK” MARTIN
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Born: February 10, 1963
Death: April 6, 2020
At the age of 57 years, Mick was called home to be with the Lord. His wife, Charlene, and family were by his bedside. Mick won his courageous battle with Lung Cancer, being diagnosed February 2013. Just starting his 8th year of battle, his body was tired and his soul was ready for peace and comfort.
Born in Loveland, CO, to Harvey Edward Martin and Carolyn Sue Austin Martin, Mick being the second half of “Martin brothers”, joining his brother Rick.
Raised in Johnstown and Platteville, Mick had a deep passion for experiencing life. He gave his parents the true test of parenting and many laughable memories along the way. His sister, Vickie, joined her brothers six years later, making Mick the middle child, yet always the “little brother”. Scott A. Neale became a special brother through love of family and humankind.
Mick graduated from Valley High School in 1981. He was known for his antics and his cars. His dad, made sure the Martin brother’s cars were noticed by sound, performance and looks.
He continued his education through vocational classes associated with his many passions. He was a volunteer fireman/first responder with the Platteville Fire Department for several years. Mick’s outdoor adventures were instilled by his grandparents with whom he would spend every summer in the mountains. He was a fisherman, hunter, and fresh air seeker. He loved to camp and spend family time in the outdoors. He especially enjoyed sitting around the campfire, singing songs, telling ghost stories and watching shooting stars. He loved karaoke and could sound just like George Strait. Mick was a marksman on a trapshooting team, making himself known for his accuracy and love of the sport. Motorcycles were not only a mode of transportation, but also brought many hours of enjoyment just riding on the roads. Throughout his whole life, Mick held fast to his deep interest in Aviation. At one point, Mick had wanted to join the military. Although those plans were never realized, his love for the sky never waned. He had become an RC Pilot, flying remote control airplanes, helicopters, and drones. Later adding RC 4-wheel trucks when his health complicated his aerial abilities. With the conversations that sprung up among licensed pilots and Mick, he was able to fly several planes with the approval of the pilot.
Mick started working at a young age, and enjoyed every job. He gave his all and focus to each. Gas pump jockey, farmhand/cowboy, mechanic/machinist to name a few. Mick spoke of his experiences with Freeman Truck Body, Golden Aluminum, his last employment being with a contact company which changed several times. Those companies being EMCOR, ISS and CBRE, at the Broadcom Campus in Ft. Collins.
In 1982 Bonnie Mitchell became his first bride. Three daughters were born to this union. Brittanie, 1986 and twins Brooklie and Breanne in 1988. His girls were the twinkle in his eyes. Throughout the years an eclectic variety of animals were also members of this family unit.
In 2005, Mick met the new love of his life, Charlene Schneider-Gettman. Sharing their passions together, Mick was introduced to Hot Air Balloon flights, and cruise ship traveling. Charlene was introduced to the outdoor activities, camping and shooting sports.
Being the special couple Mick and Charlene were, they joyously married August 10, 2007, during the Sturgis Rally, at the home of Marvin and Kelly Renner in Rapid City, SD. Joining this union is another daughter, Charise Gettman-Vickery. There was great love shared through the years and it always felt anew. Mick and Charlene formed a strong team of love, caring and commitment for each other. Which was evident during the years of Mick’s battles with cancer. They made the best of life through travel and in every-day joy and life experiences. Their first concert was 2005 George Strait at the Denver Pepsi Center, a performance both will never forget. Travel was a pleasure both enjoyed, 2006 and 2016 Alaskan cruises, October 2019 vacation to Hawaii, fun in Deadwood and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Las Vegas and special memories in San Diego, CA. Many airplane flights big and small, helicopter flights, hot air balloon flights, and adventures that will always be remembered. Mick loved his little fur babies, Napoleon and Abby. They were always by his side and was so much a part of him.
Mick will be missed by many family members and friends. Please share your memories, keeping his spirit alive. He leaves behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.
Harvey Michel “Mick” Martin is survived by his loving, caring wife and soulmate, Charlene K. Martin
Daughters: Brittanie J. Dunsford (Chief Petty Officer Matthew Dunsford)- San Diego, CA; Brooklie S. Grant (Tommy Grant)-Evans, CO; Breanne M. Shull (William Shull)-Aurora, CO. and step-daughter: Charise D. Vickery (Jeffery Vickery)-Longmont, CO.
Mother and Step-father: Carolyn Sue Martin-Hall (Joe Hall) – Livermore, CO
Sister: Vickie S. Martin-Taylor (Judge Todd Taylor)-Greeley, CO
Brother: Scott A. Neale (Melissa Montoya) – Evans, CO
Mother-in-law: Kay F. Schneider-Greeley, CO
Brother-in-law: David R. Schneider-Severance, CO
Grandchildren: Darrel and Emily Vickery, Jaxon and Kallie Dunsford, Tori and Bryson Grant, and Liam Shull
Many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins near and far.
Mick was preceded in death by his father, his brother, his paternal and maternal grandparents, his father-in-law, his brother-in-law, aunts and uncles.
Because of the COVID 19, Mick’s final wish of anatomical donation could not be honored. His desire was to continue to be a part of Cancer Research.
A celebration of life memorial will take place at a later date.
Donations can be made to the following: please indicate: “In memory of H Mick Martin”.
LUNG CANCER COLORADO FUND
University of Colorado Hospital Foundation
2400 S Peoria St. Suite 100
Aurora, CO 80014
Halcyon Hospice & Palliative Care
PO Box 177
Mead, CO 80542-0177