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Obituary: Martin Lee Van Roosendaal

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Martin "Marty" Lee Van Roosendaal, age 59, passed away July 8, 2001 at the LDS Hospital of heart failure.

He was born Sept. 25, 1941 to Cornelius Van Roosendaal and Dorothy Wirthlin in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Marty was a devoted brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He spent his life working for those he loved and respected. As a young man he served in the United States Marine Corps, worked as a Deputy Sheriff for Salt Lake County, and was employed as a United States Marshall. Many times throughout his life he would work two to three jobs so he could provide for his family. He never wanted his children and family to go without the necessities of life. His love of hard work and the outdoors gave him the opportunity to take a position with the Utah State Parks and Recreation, where he served at various parks as a park superintendent. He ended his career with the State of Utah, retiring after 30 years at Wasatch Mountain State Park. Other achievements throughout his life included: construction, mining, and cement companies, promoting boxers, such as the feather weight champion of the world Danny "Little Red" Lopez, safety consulting, and active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was married to Linda Blankenship on January 4, 1970, and was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on December 21, 1995.

He is survived by his wife Linda, sons Martin (Annalee) and Ryan, daughters, Nicol, Cori, Robbyn (Mike) England, and Melodie (Doug) Youngberg. Grandchildren Andrew, Jacob, Heather, Rebecca, David, Morgan, and Cornelius. Brothers Gene (Marianne), Brent (B.J.), and Bruce (Connie). Preceding him in death are his parents, and his brother Ron.

Dad, we will all miss you, the stories you told, the lectures and advice you gave us, and the love that constantly attracted us to you.

Funeral service that will be held Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Midway Stake Center, 165 North Main, Midway, Utah. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, and at the stake center one hour prior to services. Graveside services will follow the funeral at the Midway Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to LDS Hospital Heart Transplant Dept. 8th Ave & C St., SLC, UT 84143.