Jeffry Alan Martin, 59, of Pullman, WA passed away March 25, 2021 at his Pullman home after a courageous battle with cancer. Jeffry was born August 23, 1961 in Eugene, OR to James and MaryJo (Taff) Martin. He grew up in Oregon through his seventh-grade year, except for his fourth-grade year in Coeur d’Alene, ID, and then in the eighth grade the family moved to St. Maries, ID where he graduated from high school.
Jeff attended the College of Southern Idaho for a year where he played baseball, returning to St. Maries. There he worked in the logging industry and as a substitute teacher at the high school. Jeff married Brenda Haskins in St. Maries November 26, 1983. They moved to Moscow, ID, and Jeff continued his education at the University of Idaho receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in math and physical education in 1991. He followed this with a Master’s Degree in education administration in 1995.
Jeff taught in the Moscow School District for a year and then taught and coached girls’ varsity basketball at the Potlatch, ID Jr.-Sr. High School until 1998 when he accepted his teaching position at Lincoln Middle School in the Pullman School District where he taught math.
Jeff coached both boys’ and girls’ basketball and girls’ volleyball at the middle school during his tenure there, as well as girls’ golf at Pullman High School.
He enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved fishing, playing golf and traveling to visit his sons. Jeff was a loving husband and father and so enjoyed time with family and friends. He was a member of Living Faith Fellowship Church in Pullman.
Jeff is survived by his wife Brenda at the Pullman home; his two sons Brian of Scottsdale, AZ and Eric of Santa Clarita, CA; his mother MaryJo Gustafson of Nampa, ID; his brother Jim (Patti) Martin of La Grande, OR; his sister Jeana (Steve) Thomas of Lewiston, ID, his stepmother Marsha Martin of Elk River, ID, his nieces and nephews and his great-nieces and great-nephews. Jeff was preceded in death by his father James Martin and his step-father John Gustafson.
The Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Living Faith Fellowship Church in Pullman. It will also be live-streamed. Jeff will be laid to rest at the Pullman City Cemetery with a family graveside service. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, WA has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial donations may be directed to the Jeff Martin Scholarship, established through the Pullman Education Foundation, to provide financial assistance to athletes at Lincoln Middle School. Memorials may be mailed to PEF at P.O. Box 51, Pullman, WA 99163, or made online at pullmaneducationfoundation.org/donate. Memorial donations can also be directed to Pullman Christian School and mailed to 345 SW Kimball Court, Pullman, WA 99163.
Online condolences may be sent to www.kimballfh.com.