Martin Marty Andrew Stegman
September 14, 1935 - December 24, 2013
Martin Andrew Stegman was born on Sept. 14, 1935, in Stayton, Ore, to parents Andrew and Ida (Bartsch) Stegman. He passed away on Dec. 24, 2013, in Prineville, at the age of 78, surrounded by family, after a seven month battle with brain cancer.
Martin was the youngest of four children. His family lived in Shaw, Ore. until 1943 when his parents moved to Portland, Ore. to work in the shipyards during World War II. Martin attended Catholic school through the eighth grade and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953. He enlisted in the Navy in 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1962. He worked in the plant and then in the office for Columbia Steel Casting Company from 1962 to 1978.
In 1978, Martin moved his family to Gods Country Prineville, Ore., where he worked for the American Moulding & Millwork Company and then for Ochoco West Water and Sanitary District until his retirement in 2010.
Martin was an avid fisherman. You could find him fishing on the Crooked River or at Sherars Bridge on the Deschutes River. He loved hunting, camping, ATVing, boating, cars (especially Fords), motor sports, sports of any kind – Go Dallas Cowboys! He couldnt get enough of baseball; he played ball during his younger years, and also coached Little League and high school baseball. If there was a game on, he would be watching it! He was a true Yankees fan.
Family and close friends of Martins were sure to have been given a nickname. He was known to most as either Sonny or Marty.
He is survived by his four children: Cheryl Denise (Michael) Coffelt of Loomis, Calif., Gwendolyn Rene Stegman of Granite Bay, Calif., Stacy Andrew (Jeanette) Stegman of Prineville, and Spencer Martin (Jeanna) Stegman of Prineville; eight grandchildren: Jacquilyn (Jon) Duncan, Ilissa Nelson, Reanna Stegman, Tamra Stegman, Tailyn Stegman, Tosha Stegman, Kersey Stegman, and Jari Stegman; two great-grandchildren; Roman Stegman, and Trevor Duncan plus one great-grandchild on the way. He is also surviced, by his brother Craig (Mary) Stegman of Portland, Ore., and his many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Bertha and Dorothy, and his brother Charles.
A celebration of Martins life will take place at the Elks Lodge in Prineville on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 1 p.m.