Martin Steven Novak was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 1, 1934. He passed away at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., on Sept. 19, 2012.
Martin moved to Arizona from California in 2005. He was a true patriot who loved his country, his horses and Arizona. He served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was a master carpenter, musician and a lifelong animal lover. He was a lifetime member of Orange Grove Masonic Lodge #293 F. & A.M. in Orange, Calif., and also Aztlan Lodge #1 in Prescott, Ariz. Martin also belonged to the El Bekal Shrine Temple in California, the Moose Lodge, and American Legion Post #6 in Prescott.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn; his brother, James R. Novak Sr. (Paula); his sister-in-law Nancy Novak; his daughters, Kathleen Cranston, Amanda Whatley (Joshua) and Mary Kathryn Webb (Todd); his son, Elliot Novak (Tina); 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was the loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Martin L. Novak; his mother, Mary E. Novak (Glavich); his brother, Steven J. Novak; and his two sons, Marty Dean Novak and Rory Alan Novak.
His ashes will be laid to rest in the columbarium at the Prescott National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to contribute can make a donation in Marty's name at www.semperfifund.org, whose mission is to help service members and their families in times of need.
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Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.
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