Our loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother and Friend, was called back to our Heavenly Father Saturday April 18, 1998.
He leaves behind a legacy of devotion to God, family and community. As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), his final hours were spent serving the Lord in the Seattle LDS Temple.Martin is the son of Raoul and Cora Johnson Wistisen. He was born on May 30, 1938 in Bancroft, Idaho. He married Katherine Callister, his sweetheart of 37 years, on Dec. 28, 1960 in the Manti LDS Temple for time and all eternity.
He is the devoted father of eight children and the adoring grandfather of 20 grandchildren, who he made the center of his life. We each look forward to the day when we will be reunited as an eternal family.
His service in the church was extensive including: High Councilman, Bishop, Scoutmaster and seminary instructor. Martin served a two-year mission for The LDS Church to the West Central States Mission. All of which he fulfilled with faith and dedication.
Martin was President and CEO of AgriNorthwest where he created a standard of excellence founded on individual integrity and responsibility. Prior to AgriNorthwest, he served as Director and Professor in the Master of Business Administration Program at Brigham Young University. His influence was also felt at TWA Inc. , Esso International and in numerous consulting projects.
Dad recognized and stressed the importance of education. He received his Bachelors Degree from Brigham Young University in Math, Physics and Computer Science. He went on to earn his MBA with a concentration in Finance and Production Management at Northwestern University. His formal education culminated at Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Business Economics.
Martin is recognized as an energetic and committed community leader, who advocated a balanced approach to community issues.
He served on Tri-Cities Industrial Development Council, Association of Washington Business, Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Columbia Snake River Irrigators' Association and numerous other community and religious committees and boards.
Martin is survived by his wife Katherine, his parents Raoul and Cora Johnson Wistisen, a sister Rolene (Michael) Arvanitis, and four brothers, Rulon (Sharon), Stanley (Kathy), Dale (Nulene), and Cordell (Michelle). He is also survived by his dear mother in-law Margaret Callister, her other 15 children and their spouses. Martin's eight surviving children are Kevin (Jill) , Diane (Vance) Fryer, Kaeleen (Scot) Burrup, Janette (Bob) Bleazard, Richard, Michelle (Bryan) Marsh, Brent and Greg and 20 grandchildren: Whitney, Jessica, Clay, McKenna, Casie, Matthew, Andrew, Jacob, Caleb, Lindsey, Rachelle, Kaitlyn, Weston, Cassidy, Macey, Ellie, Elijah, Kandice, and Nicolas.
Dad is preceded in death by his beloved grandparents Martin and Helga Wistisen, Frederick and Annie Estelle Johnson, a dear nephew Scott, a respected father in-law J. Lathel Callister, and a dear friend and grandson Martin Riley Wistisen.
Dad, we love you and will always cherish our memories of you--camping, boating, family reunions, long talks, and your childhood stories of the farm. The glow in your face as you held your grandchildren and your gentle nature, immense wisdom and love for each one of us will be etched in our hearts and minds forever.
Services will be held Monday, April 27, 1998, 1:00 pm at the LDS Stake Center, 269 West Gage Blvd. Kennewick, WA. A separate viewing will take place on Sunday, April 26, 1998 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Mueller's Funeral Home 1401 S. Union, Kennewick, WA (783-9532). Internment will be in the Bancroft City Cemetary, Bancroft, Idaho Wednesday, April 29, 1998 at 11 a.m.
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