David Ellis Martin was born May 9, 1958 in Billings, MT to Del and Betty Martin. He was tragically killed while riding his motorcycle September 10, 2013.
At the age of 17 he enlisted in the US Navy, beginning his long and adventurous career. David was stationed all over the world and was awarded many medals and commendations. He retired from the Navy as an E-8 Senior Chief after proudly serving his country for 24 years.
While stationed in Bahrain David met his future wife, Ava Gardner. They were married in 1980 and to this union were born two daughters, Shawna Lee and Andrea Michelle. He was a loving father and a proud grandfather of Andrea’s son Aiden.
David had his own personal relationship with his Lord Jesus. His greatest loves were his daughters, his grandson, his family, his beloved dog Max, his country and his Harley. He had numerous friends all over the world whose friendships he cherished.
David was preceded in death by his father. Those who are left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Shawna and Andrea, his grandson Aiden, and Ava Gardner all of Washington, his mother Betty Martin, his sister Carolee Cooke, along with her children Elizabeth and Julianna, his grandnephew Joey all of Billings as well as aunts, cousins, special friends and neighbors.
David’s ceremony of life will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, September 20, 2013 at First Christian Church followed by Military Interment at Mountview Cemetery.