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Nov. 14, 1955- Dec. 11, 2010
Marty Lovejoy, 55, died peacefully at his home in Sutton on Dec. 11, 2010.
Lovejoy was born on Nov. 14, 1955, in Chicago and arrived in Alaska with his family in March 1971. He graduated with the first graduating class of Bartlett High School in 1974.
In 1980, he married Belinda Blackburn, and over the years they had eight children and one grandchild. Family came first and was a special part of his life. They enjoyed road trips, camping, hiking, kayaking, biking, dip netting, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, shooting, sledding and other outdoor activities together.
He loved serving the Lord and others by lending a helping hand, offering a kind word, or just by listening. He was always heard whistling or singing a tune.
In his 38 years of doing electrical contracting all over the state of Alaska, Marty worked alongside his dad for many happy years. Several of Marty's children had the same opportunity to work alongside their dad.
He was friendly and talked knowledgeably to anyone he met and made them feel welcome and at ease. He was kind, tender, generous, humble, fun loving and always had a wry sense of humor. It was his faith and his sense of humor that helped him overcome all obstacles in life, including cancer.
Marty is survived by his wife of 30 years, Belinda; their children and families: Luke and his wife, Amanda, and their son Ethan; Laura, Andrew, Amy, Aaron, Isaac, Jeshua, and Hosanna; parents Chuck and Mary Ann Lovejoy; siblings Chuck Lovejoy, Doris Dortch, Mary Jo Marx, and Matt Lovejoy; mother-in-law Wanda and her husband, Jim Seago; sisters and brother-in-law Jenni Kuentzel, Kim Walker and Mark Blackburn; and many other caring in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
A celebration of life was held Dec. 17, at Farm Loop Christian Center in Palmer.
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, December 29, 2010.