Karon Ann Martin

Karon Ann Martin, 80, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 14, 2017. She was born on April 10, 1937 in Lewistown to Eugene and Ann (Jerbic) Crawford. 

Karon attended Fergus High School in Lewistown, graduating in 1955. She then attended Clark College in Vancouver, Washington for two years, where she majored in art. She worked for a short time in Billings before moving back to Lewistown where she met her future husband. She married Francis Martin on Feb. 22, 1964 on her mother’s birthday. Frank and Karon were married 53 years. Forty-one of those years were spent on Upper Spring Creek, before moving into a condo at the Esplanade in the old Fergus High School. They have lived there for 12 years. They have one son, Chad. Upon returning to Lewistown she started working at Courtesy Pontiac Buick and was their bookkeeper for 38 years.

Karon spent lots of time doing macramé. Frank lovingly referred to her as his “happy hooker.” Karon loved to read her books, and when she wasn’t reading, she was working crossword puzzles or playing and rolling dice. She enjoyed going to the river in the RV each fall to view the elk for a week or so. For many years, Frank and Karon enjoyed their cabin in the Snowies with friends and relatives. This provided lots of fun during summer and winter including snowmobiling. Karon, along with eight others, was instrumental in founding the Central Montana Search and Rescue. 

Karon was preceded in death by her father, Eugene; stepfather, Babe Jolliff; mother, Ann; brother, Dennis; and grandparents, Felix and Anna Jerbic. She is survived by her loving husband, Frank Martin; son, Chad Martin; brother, Gene Crawford; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also has an honorary granddaughter, AJ Weinheimer.

Funeral services for Karon will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Central Montana ER. Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Karon’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com. 

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