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Longtime Professor Dwaine J. “Marty” Marten Dies

March 28, 2017

Dwaine (Marty) Marten, Ph.D., 83, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died peacefully Sunday afternoon at Good Samaritan, March 26, 2017, with his family at his side.

Dwaine John Marten was born to Otto & Lillie Marten on January 2, 1934, at Clarissa, Minnesota. Dwaine received his Bachelors of Science degree at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. He was an outstanding alumni and Dwaine was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Dwaine received an assistantship to coach freshman football at Southern Illinois University where he received his master’s degree. After receiving his master’s degree he coached wrestling and taught at McMurray
College at Jacksonville, Illinois, for two years. He then received a one-year coaching and teaching assignment at his alma mater, Bemidji State University, while his former coach went on Sabbatical.

As a college athlete, Dwaine lettered in football and wrestling, was three times an All-NIC Football Selection, First wrestling champion at Bemidji State University and Captain of the 1957 Conference Football Champions. Mutual friends introduced him to Maureen (Reeny) Marquardt. They were married a year later on September 1, 1962, at Luther Memorial, Minneapolis.

Dwaine and his new wife moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where he pursued his doctorate at Indiana University. He then received a call to hold a professorship at the University of Idaho. He and Maureen intended to stay at Moscow a short time, but like many others, they stayed and retired as professor emeritus after serving thirty years. Two children were born at Moscow, Michelle Ann Swanson & John Dwaine Marten.

While at the University of Idaho Dwaine, served as a Professor and Coordinator of Health & Safety. He was active in regional and national associations, presenting many of his research papers. He is a Past President of the Idaho Association of Health, Physical & Recreation Association & Past President of the NW Health & Safety Association. He was a writer and recipient of eight grants for the College of Education.

With one of his grants, A Kennedy Foundation Fellow, he started a graduate program in Physical Education for the Handicapped. A large grant from the State Department of Transportation built a Driver Education Track. He designed and presented many safety education workshops for School Bus Drivers, policeman, fireman and educators certifying them in CPR. Marty designed and taught the first education workshop classes on HIV for the State of Idaho. He also designed and taught the first weight training classes for the general student population. He enjoyed his consultant work at Ecuador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica where he could utilize his Spanish. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Epsilon Fraternities.

He enjoyed all the Idaho Vandal games as he was hired by the Big Sky Commissioner to evaluate the officials for the Idaho football and basketball games.

As a longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran church, Dwaine served locally, regionally, and nationally. He was a delegate and voted on the merger of the LCA and ALC Lutheran bodies at San Diego in 1983. The next year he voted on the church Constitution at Ohio. He served as President of Emmanuel Lutheran’s Church Council several times and he was an active committee member. Dwaine was a member of the Masonic Lodge and served as Worshipful Master. He was also a member of Shriners Calam Temple.

Dwaine and his wife celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in 2012. Dwaine and his wife, Maureen enjoyed their retirement years living at Mesa, Arizona, during the winter months, spending time in the summer at their lake place at Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Dwaine is survived by his wife Maureen, daughter Michelle Swanson (Michael) and son John Marten (Leanne), and four grandchildren, John Swanson (Jena) Evan Marten (Carly), Carter Marten and Kaitlyn Swanson. Three great grandchildren were born, Paige, Kimber & Colten Swanson. He was proud of his children, their spouses and his grandchildren. Family and close friends were very important to him.

Dwaine’s Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with a lunch to follow. Burial will be at the Moscow Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow and condolences may be left at

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