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Jeffrey C. Martalock

March 17, 1957 February 27, 2019
Jeffrey C. Martalock
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Jeffrey C. Martalock, age 61, of Tomah, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019, after a long courageous battle with cancer at the Serenity House in Tomah. He was born March 17, 1957 to Frank C. and Darlene M. (Fauska) Martalock in Tomah, Wisconsin.

Jeff was united in marriage to Lynn Pitman on August 2, 1980 in White Bear Lake, MN. He was raised on the family farm located on what is called “South Ridge” in Wilton- Ontario. He as a child loved the outdoors and especially the woods. He attended grade school in Wilton and even had his grandmother, Marion Fauska as one of his teachers, which he often told us with affection, was the hardest teacher he ever had. He attended Royall High School in Elroy and graduated in 1975. Jeff was both Prom King as a junior and Homecoming King as a senior. It is often said with a smile by many “and then they made a rule”, meaning you could never be both. He loved sports, playing Football, Basketball and running Track. Jeff was a lifeguard for his high school and college years at the Wilton Pool, where he also taught swimming. Jeff attended UW- River Falls and graduated in November of 1979 with a BS in Food Science. He played Football for his first two years and was a member of the Track Team for four years earning a college sports letter. His passion in track was in the field events, specifically Shot and Disc. In addition, he was a Resident Assistant and how he met Lynn.

Jeff worked in many different areas starting at Kraft Foods in Wausau and then moving to Tomah in 1984 to work in his father’s business Wilton Building Supply. He then pursued a career with Best Power Technology in Necedah. His desire to go back to the construction industry brought him to Meadow Valley Log Homes and the H&L Industries. His final career move led him back to agriculture in which was Store Manager and Sales for Tractor Central in West Salem.

His passions always included his family which centered around the many activities that surrounded them. He loved the times spent deer hunting on the farm and the “Sugar Bush” maple syrup making process. Jeff never knew how to skate until he met Lynn, and that changed his life forever. He not only learned to skate but took that new passion and helped so many young skaters by teaching them to skate and coaching hockey for Tomah Youth Hockey. Many hours were spent in an ice arena or the “Barn” coaching or watching his family. He also was the best “Dance Father” around and could sew ribbons on pointe shoes like no one else. Jeff was involved in the Tomah Youth Football as well and was instrumental in starting what is now the middle school program. He also loved to watch baseball and play softball.

One of his greatest passions was to ride his motorcycle, his Harley family and the group they began after his being diagnosed with Cancer was near and dear to his heart when they formed the group FC Riders. Many a ride was taken with them, including a miracle trip and ride to Yellowstone National Park just 8 months after a major GI Bleed. This trip included a spiritual moment of witnessing the full eclipse in August of 2017 in the Grand Tetons and ending with a ride to the top of Bear Tooth Pass. Jeff’s motto was “you beat cancer by how you live”. While Cancer was his life for over 7 years it never defined him, he fought bravely through several treatments including 2 study drugs, and by doing those he helped to further research in the fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for others.


He is survived by his wife, Lynn of Tomah, his children, Joshua (Anne) Martalock, Marja (Jayson) Finnigan, Drew Martalock and Kelsea Martalock, grandchildren, Olivia and Micklain Martalock and Louik and Calum Finnigan, his mother, Darlene Martalock; his sisters, May (Jon) Hill and Peggy (Michael Cottom) Martalock; his mother-in-law, Nancy Pitman; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank in 2017; and his father-in-law, Stanley Pitman in 1999.

Memorial services will be held on Monday March 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 4285 US Hwy 12,Warrens, WI. Pastor Phillip Enderle will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. Family and friends are invited for visitation on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah and also from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the church. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Jeff’s family.


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Visitation

Sunday

10

Mar

1:00 PM 3/10/2019 1:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 3/10/2019 4:00:00 PM
Tomah - Torkelson Funeral Home

2224 Superior Avenue
Tomah, WI 54660

Tomah - Torkelson Funeral Home
2224 Superior Avenue Tomah 54660 WI
United States

Visitation

Monday

11

Mar

10:00 AM 3/11/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church

4285 US Hwy 12
Warrens, WI 54666

St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church
4285 US Hwy 12 Warrens 54666 WI
United States

Service

Monday

11

Mar

11:00 AM 3/11/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church

4285 US Hwy 12
Warrens, WI 54666

St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church
4285 US Hwy 12 Warrens 54666 WI
United States
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