Skip to content

1935 - 2021


Vernon James Martin born October 25, 1935 in Kindersley, SK passed away January 11, 2021, in Westlock, AB in the presence of beloved family members.


Vern will be greatly missed by his daughters: Heather (Brian), Michelle (Rob) and Linda; stepchildren: Karen (Allen), Barry (Angel) and John; grandchildren: Kory, Matthew (Lisa), Jeremy, Sarah, Maria (Eric), Amanda (Zac), Dani (Mason), Jason, Taylor, and Alyssa; great-granddaughter, Peyton and his large extended family.


Vern was raised in Flin Flon, MB, the 4th eldest of 16 children. His working life took him to Lynn Lake, MB; Calgary, AB and Prince George, BC, which he called home for almost 30 years.


Vern is predeceased by his wife, Joan Ann; parents, Julius and Jane Martin; and other siblings.


Vern and Joan retired in Blairmore, AB, where they enjoyed their outdoor adventures.  He was a member of the Lion’s Club and was a proud founding member of the Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing, quadding, and snowmobiling. One of his great joys was camping with family and friends, exploring the woods, and telling tall tales and singing songs around the campfire. He and Joan were fortunate to spend many winters as ‘snowbirds’ in Arizona and Mexico, often travelling with family and life-long friends. Due to health issues they moved to St. Albert in 2016 to be near family.


Thank you to the healthcare teams of Westlock Medical Centre, Aspen Villa in Morinville, North Ridge Lodge in St. Albert and to the wonderful ladies of Sturgeon Hospital’s Adult Day Program.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Cancer or Alzheimer Society.


To send condolences, please visit




Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home

St. Albert Chapel

(780) 458-2222

push icon
Be the first to read breaking stories. Enable push notifications on your device. Disable anytime.
No thanks