Martin S. Svenson On the afternoon of June 13, 2021, Martin passed peacefully away of natural causes. Martin was being visited and comforted by family members at Riverstone Hospice House, in Billings, MT. The family is appreciative of the last few days being able to enjoy Martin’s stories and trademark dry wit. Martin was 92 years old. Martin Svenson was born at the family homestead near Cohagen, Montana on May 15, 1929. He was the second son of Elise Berge and Reier Svenson. Martin’s father Reier came to the United States from Norway in the early 1900’s, he worked for an uncle in Iowa for a time and established his homesteaded in Cohagen in 1911. Reier later went back to Norway for a bride, marrying Elise Berge, arriving in the states in 1926. They spent a couple of years in North Dakota before traveling to the family homestead in Montana. Martin was a tall man. When he was in High School, he enjoyed playing basketball, his younger sisters called him “balla” because of the basketballs on the side of his converse shoes. He graduated from Cohagen High School. There were three students in his class, Lujane Lagge, Patsy Wilson and Martin. To Martin’s children and grandchildren, he was a beloved patriarch, to his siblings he was a big brother who loved to tease and play practical jokes on them. Martin married the love of his life, Mildred Stanton on June 3, 1951, at the Stanton Ranch near Brusett, MT. Martin and Millie enjoyed living in several places throughout Southeastern Montana over the years. They raised their daughters Marilyn and Myrna in Glendive and Miles City. When Mavis joined the family they moved to Hardin, where Marvin was born. In 2001 Martin and Millie moved to Forsyth to be closer to family, and in 2017 they moved to Joliet to live with Marvin and his family. In the seventy years Martin and Millie were married they had over 100 friends stay with them in times of need. They were generous with what they had. Martin was a skilled craftsman. He loved building and made being a carpenter his chosen profession. He built many homes in Hardin, Miles City, Billings and in the area around Forsyth. If you knew Martin, you know he liked to add his signature style to the roof eave of the houses he built. Over the years Martin was privileged to help on numerous Kingdom Hall construction projects. In later years Martin loved to stay active building bookcases, he was often building shelves to accommodate Millie’s ever-growing collection of salt and pepper shakers. Martin was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses at an International Convention in New York City in 1958. Many of our friends have called Martin a walking Bible Encyclopedia. He did have an amazing recall of the scriptures. One of Martin’s secrets was; when you find a verse you like, you then find a verse that “hugs it” or supports it. If a friend ever came to him for encouragement or a listening ear, he always made them feel better by sharing a scripture. Martin is proceeded in death by his parents, Reier and Elise Svenson, four infant brothers, his sisters Betty Bozarth, Marge Edsall, and his twin great grand-daughters Zoemi’ and Zelda Pineda. He was also proceeded in death by his niece Lisa Haney, his nephews Richard, Billy, and David Haney, Tommy Stanton and Keith and Merle Edsall. Martin is survived by; his loving wife Mildred of 70 years, their daughters Marilyn (Bill) O’Neill of Thompson Falls, MT, Myrna (Gary) Baker of Mount Vernon, WA, Mavis (Bud) Redden of Billings, MT, and their son Marvin (Tamira) Svenson of Joliet, MT, their 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Martin is survived by his sisters Ruth Sturtz and Lou (Bill) Haney of Sheridan, MT, and his brother Bennie (Shirley) Svenson of Glendive, MT, his brothers-in-law Neil (Phyllis) Stanton of Jordan, MT, Tom (Claudia) Stanton of Brusett, MT and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Through out his life, Martin maintained a connection to the Cohagen community. His memories of the hard times were events that welded the family closer together. His love and admiration for his parents as he watched their faith and endurance had a profound affect on forming his personality. He kept in touch with many of the old neighbors and that is where he chose to be laid to rest on June 19, 2021, at 11 AM. He is safe in God’s memory and through the ransom sacrifice paid for us by Christ Jesus he will share in the promise Jesus made at John 5:28,29.